BREXIT, AI, data privacy, and the decline of the high street, are just some of the topics to be discussed at Year Ahead events planned in Swindon in January.

Law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office on Regent Street, is hosting four events this month, the first of which met at the National Trust’s HQ.

Steven Day, co-founder of Pure Planet, Britain’s first app-only renewable energy supplier, Mark Scott, brand and marketing agency director at the National Trust, and controversial Daily Mail columnist Andrew Pierce, spoke at the Swindon event.

Topics ranged from radical ways to reduce our carbon footprint and the role places play in our lives, to Brexit and what our future political leadership might look like.

Malcolm Gregory, lead partner in the Swindon office of Royds Withy King, said: “We were delighted to see so many people turn up to network and be inspired by our three speakers.

"We are embarking on one of the most significant periods of change that many of us have known which is why we thought it would be interesting to start the New Year with a series of events that explore thought-provoking topics that are already starting to impact our lives.”