Lead Analyst, UK Politics

Joe is the Lead Analyst in the UK Politics and Policy Practice and an Associate Director. He spent several years as a UK parliamentary adviser, working for two government ministers. In 2020 he was seconded from Global Counsel to work in the UK government’s business department in the run up to and aftermath of the UK exiting the Brexit transition period.

At Global Counsel, Joe advises British based clients, inward investors and investment funds. He has advised on and led projects in a wide range of policy areas including financial services, TMT, and retail. He has also represented Global Counsel on national broadcast media.

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Leading the production of Political Due Diligence reports relating to IR35 tax rules and the UK’s private parking market.
  • Producing comprehensive analysis on issues such as medium-term Sino-British relations and the UK government’s approach to the COP26 summit.
  • Leading the preparation of several executives appearing before select committees.

Latest Insights by Joe Armitage

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After Adobe/Figma, what next for tech mergers?


This week on Top in Tech, Conan D'Arcy is joined by Joe Armitage, GC's Lead Analyst on UK politics, to talk us through the collapse of Adobe's acquisition of Figma, the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) role in it and the political fallout in the UK. 

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Regulatory diplomacy: new frontiers?

General Politics

From Brussels to Beijing, diplomats are increasingly focused on winning the battle to establish the standards and norms governing emerging technologies. New structures for Whitehall departments may be a step in the right direction for the UK. 

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Unpacking the UK's Autumn Statement

General Policy

UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced the long-awaited Autumn Statement yesterday, detailing the new government’s tax and spend commitments alongside the OBR’s economic forecast. The delay of the budget provided Sunak and Hunt with more time to agree on areas of public spending to potentially cut. It seeks to demonstrate the economic competence and fiscal credibility that…

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Rishi Sunak becomes prime minister

General Politics

Rishi Sunak entered 10 Downing Street yesterday as the UK's third Prime Minister in as many months. On this recording of a GC client briefing call, recorded on October 25th, Lead Political Analyst Joe Armitage is joined by UK Country Director Alex Dawson and Director Lilah Howson-Smith to talk through Sunak's agenda.

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