The ICAS Insolvency and Restructuring Conference 2017 - Disrupting Financial Distress

14 November 2017 - 15 November 2017
Registration starts 9am
Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross
£642.00 incl VAT
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In association with our Insolvency & Restructuring Community Partner Close Brothers Asset Finance, we are delighted to launch The Insolvency and Restructuring Conference 2017.

The theme of this year's conference is Disrupting Financial Distress.

Chaired by Donald McNaught, ICAS Insolvency Committee convenor and Restructuring Partner at Johnston Carmichael, and Gillian Carty, Partner at Shepherd & Wedderburn, the conference will take a close look at factors that are transforming the professions' landscape.

They will be joined by the former Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank, Professor Trevor Williams and here will be dynamic sessions from Stuart Clubb, partner at Shoosmiths, Elisabeth Roxburgh, advocate at Axiom Advocates, and James Lloyd, partner at Harper Macleod.

David Levin, a writer and Creative Director at social media agency That Lot, will lead a social media masterclass, using many examples of social output from his clients, which includes the Twitter and Facebook feeds for Have I Got News For You. Expect some laughs as well as social inspiration.

The conference offers excellent value for money and exceptional networking opportunities, together with high-quality professional development sessions.

Further speakers will be announced in due course.

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Donald McNaught

Donald McNaught

Partner, Johnston Carmichael

Donald is a partner in Johnston Carmichael's Restructuring team, dealing primarily with creditor led work from a variety of sources. Having being one of the youngest to pass JIEB in 2002, Donald has been accepting insolvency appointments for over ten years.

Donald is also the current convenor of the ICAS Insolvency Committee having been a member of the committee since 2008, a fellow of R3 and chair of ICAS' Glasgow and West of Scotland Area Committee. He recently finished a successful three year stint as chair of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Insolvency Forum resulting in a significant increase in numbers and stakeholder engagement. An expert in formal insolvency and restructuring, Donald works closely with Johnston Carmichael's sector and technical experts to provide banks and other stakeholders tailored advice.

Gillian Carty

Gillian Carty

Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Gillian has been a partner with Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP since 2001 and heads up the contentious team within the firm’s Corporate Recovery and Insolvency group. After qualifying with the firm, in 2000 Gillian became the first solicitor in Scotland to successfully complete the JIEB examinations. She is licensed by ICAS as an insolvency practitioner; accredited as a specialist in insolvency law by the Law Society of Scotland and is ranked by independent directories as one of the leading solicitors practising in insolvency in Scotland.

Gillian acts for a range of clients across the banking and finance sector; on behalf of insolvency practitioners across the UK and on behalf of public sector agencies. She is a regular contributor to specialist conferences and training events; a passionate supporter of pro bono and director of LawWorks Scotland and a member of the Audit Committee of the Scotland Office/Office of the Advocate General for Scotland.

Grant Campbell

Grant Campbell

Partner, Brodies LLP

Grant is a commercial contracts lawyer and heads up Brodies' Commercial Services Division. Grant is one of Scotland's leading information lawyers and has been peer regarded in Chambers for his work for many years. He is a founding member of the Law Society of Scotland's accreditation panel for the specialism of data protection and freedom of information. In data protection matters, Grant has a wide client base covering major clients in the professional, regulatory, public, financial services, energy, oil and gas and IT sectors.

Grant's work covers transactional support on major projects where personal data is a major element of the project. Work on transactional deals covers data structuring, re-organisation, including data transfers outside the EEA as well as general compliance.

Grant is currently guiding a number of major clients on preparation for the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25 May 2018.

Stuart Clubb

Stuart Clubb

Partner, Shoosmiths

Stuart Clubb is a Partner at Shoosmiths and leads the Commercial Dispute Resolution team in Scotland.

Stuart specialises in the resolution of commercial disputes, and has significant expertise in contentious insolvency matters and insolvency litigation. He has over 15 years’ experience in advising insolvency practitioners, creditors, companies, and directors on all aspects of insolvency law and has acted in a number of recent high profile insolvency cases.

Stuart is a Solicitor Advocate with rights of audience in the Court of Session and the Supreme Court and is also WS Society Signet Accredited in Commercial Litigation.

James Lloyd

James Lloyd

Partner, Harper Macleod LLP

James Lloyd heads up Harper Macleod's Insolvency team and has advised on corporate and personal insolvency related matters for many years. He advises creditors, banks and insolvency practitioners on all aspects of insolvency litigation.

Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession lists James as a "Leader in the Field" in both restructuring/insolvency and personal insolvency, where he is noted for having a strong reputation in the market, and clients appreciate his ability to "do an extremely good job under difficult circumstances". Sources note "He's good. He tells you as it is."

James is accredited as a specialist in insolvency law by the Law Society of Scotland and he has been recognised as a "World Leader" in commercial litigation by Who's Who Legal. James leads the team that won the prestigious "Insolvency Team of the Year" award at the Law Awards of Scotland 2012.

Elisabeth Roxburgh

Elisabeth Roxburgh

Advocate at Axiom Advocates

Elisabeth was called to the bar in 2013 following five years working as a solicitor in the restructuring and insolvency team at Shepherd and Wedderburn. During that time she specialised in finance and insolvency litigation and obtained the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency from the Insolvency Practitioners' Association. She was awarded the Faculty of Advocates’ Lord Reid Scholarship for 2012/2013.

Since becoming an advocate, Elisabeth practices mainly in commercial law and appears regularly in the commercial courts. She provides advice in relation to all aspects of insolvency law and has appeared in a number of debates and proofs both alone and with senior counsel. As well as experience in insolvency, she has experience in commercial, contractual and property law matters and claims relating to negligence by solicitors and accountants. Elisabeth was appointed as a Standing Junior Counsel to HMRC in 2015.

Elisabeth is ranked in restructuring and insolvency by Chambers and Partners who describe her as a "highly capable junior advising on all areas of insolvency and bankruptcy, who has a growing reputation at the Bar. She receives excellent feedback for her approach to cases as well as her technical command of insolvency law".

Trevor Williams

Trevor Williams

Professor of Economics and Finance

Trevor Williams is the former chief economist at Lloyds Bank, a position he held for around 15 years. Trevor runs his own consultancy – TWC: He blogs and presents at conferences and other client-focussed events, representing economic views on a range of topics.

He explains the impact of these trends on individuals, households, industry sectors, financial and banking markets, and businesses in plain language. He regularly writes articles for publications such as Moneyfacts and The Voice Newspaper.

He is a visiting Professor at the University of Derby, Chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs – Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC), and author of Trading Economics.

David Levin

David Levin

David Levin is a writer and Creative Director at social media agency That Lot, where he manages the day-to-day social output for clients including Channel 4, HSBC, B&Q, Great Britain and Jamie Oliver.

After working as a writer at MTV for several years, and as a freelance journalist for the likes of GQ and The Guardian, David's initial foray into social came when he set up a spoof Twitter account for his local pub, @the_dolphin_pub, which attracted a cult following and was named Time Out's 'Best London Twitter'. He was then asked to write and create social content for numerous brands and broadcasters including BBC One's The Voice, which broke BBC records for engagement.

David specialises in brand tone of voice and creating shareable, ownable social formats, many of which contributed towards That Lot winning Social Agency of the Year 2016 as well as some major wins for specific clients such as making Channel 4 the most-viewed UK broadcaster on Facebook. David is a regular speaker at social media and marketing events and has appeared on several TV and radio shows such as the consumer affairs programme You & Yours on Radio 4.

At this ICAS event, David will talk through numerous ways to improve your social media output. With a heavy focus on Twitter, and a side-order of Facebook and LinkedIn, David will cover tone of voice, creative uses of images and video, customer engagement, stats & analytics and platform innovation, as well as covering some of the basics for those less well-versed in the art of social gold.

Josh Quigley

Josh Quigley

Josh Quigley is the suicide surviving ultra-endurance athlete, writer, and inspirational speaker. He aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and to help those who are suffering their effects.

Angus Armstrong

Angus Armstrong

Angus has spent 15 years working in the Scottish banking industry, is a graduate of Glasgow University and a qualified Chartered Banker (CIOBS). His role is Regional Sales Director in Scotland at Close Brothers Invoice Finance; leading the development of the Invoice Finance market. He works closely and collaboratively with SME businesses to provide tailored facilities drawn from the wide and unique range of facilities Close Brothers offers.

Philip McNeill MA FCA CTA

Philip McNeill MA FCA CTA

Philip is secretary to the Small Business Tax sub-Committee at ICAS and is responsible for small business and agent engagement.

After reading Natural Science at Cambridge, Philip qualified as a Chartered Accountant in a medium-sized rural practice. Specialising in tax as a Chartered Tax Adviser, he ran his own practice for a number of years. He then moved to technical writing, digital content origination, regulatory involvement in Insolvency, and policy involvement.

James Waterston

James Waterston

James entered financial services 24 years ago as a Finance Manager. 

This provided the grounding to move into Corporate Asset Finance in the City of London where he was responsible for sourcing big ticket and structured leasing client funding.

On moving to Scotland, James changed focus and joined Lloyds TSB Scotland’s Corporate Banking team as a Relationship Manager, providing banking services to Scottish corporate clients. This resulted in a greater understanding of the key drivers in businesses, leading to his role within Lloyds Bank as a Credit Analyst, assessing and reviewing the banks' Corporate Real Estate book.

James’s current role at Close Brothers sees him return to a similar role to that of his first as an asset funder, providing refinance/restructure debt facilities covering SME, commercial and mid-corporate business across Scotland. As a Regional Manager, the role involves providing alternative funding packages tailored to business needs with a customer relationship focus. 

The aim is to provide specialist local knowledge and innovative value-add solutions to Scottish businesses across all sectors and asset classes from renewable energy projects to landowners, the agricultural sector and commercial concerns investing in various technologies.

Mike Howe

Mike Howe

Mike is a Senior Civil Servant at HMRC (joining the former Inland Revenue in 1988), based in Salford. Since 2014 he has been Director of Business Tax Operations, the HMRC team responsible for a range of services principally to businesses, including Corporation Tax, VAT and Customs operations. Business Tax Operations are nationwide. As part of HMRC’s Customer Services Group, their prime aim is to deliver high-quality, efficient and joined-up services across all of their front-line responsibilities and activities.

Prior to this position, Mike fulfilled a number of senior leadership roles, particularly in HMRC’s Large Business Directorate, including working with the financial, oil, pharmaceutical, property and manufacturing sectors for a time as Customer Relationship Manager.

Mike also has significant experience of compliance and policy development, having worked on a number of Finance Bill measures and consultations, principally in relation to savings and investments.

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