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Dentons and Property Week brought together a range of experts to debate the issues and opportunities that lie ahead for the industrial and logistics sector at a virtual roundtable discussion event in June 2021.

Property Week editor Liz Hamson and Alex Coulter, partner at Dentons, were joined by: Chris Earle, director of industrial and logistics occupier advisory at Savills; Andrea Ferranti, associate director for industrial client engagement and research and forecasting at Colliers International; Henry Giles, fund manager for IULIF, portfolio director, real estate at InfraRed Capital Partners; Edmond Leahy, senior estates manager at Hermes Parcelnet; Eleanor Rush, associate director, group investment at SEGRO; Sylvia Slaughter, senior director – fund management at GLP Europe; Andrew Smith, strategy director at LondonMetric; and Steve Widdowson, North West director at Caddick Developments.

They discussed what the post-COVID future will look like for the industrial and logistics sector; the impact of Brexit; the sustainability of last-mile logistics and the sector's commitment to the ESG agenda; whether multi-storey developments are a possible solution to the supply-demand imbalance; and what they predict the sector will look like in two years' time.