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 which are transforming the profession’s landscape.

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

The conference offers excellent value for money, 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.

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

Harper Macleod

James Lloyd heads 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

Elisabeth 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."

Professor Trevor Williams

Professor Trevor Williams

Trevor Williams is the former chief economist at Lloyds Bank, a position he held for about 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.

In plain language, he explains the impact of these trends on individuals, households, industry sectors, financial and banking markets, and businesses. He regularly writes articles for publications like 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.

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