The conference is the primary opportunity for UK forensic accountants and expert witnesses to come together for technical updates, to learn about developments relevant to forensic accounting and network with others in the industry.
A combination of highly relevant primary sessions and the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist breakouts means that the day is highly relevant to anyone practising in the forensic accounting arena.
Delegates will have the opportunity to keep up to date with recent changes in the framework for forensic accountants and relevant cases and obtain feedback from lawyers as to how they perceive forensic accountants.
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Welcome addressVikki Wall, Partner, Haberman Ilett
Welcome from ICAEW President, Fiona Wilkinson
Keynote addressSpeaker TBC
Panel DiscussionJohn Fisher, Partner, PwCChris Makin, Forensic accountant & expert witness
Breakout session one
1. Challenging issues in business valuationSandra will cover a number of topics she encounters in both her forensic and commercial valuation work, and provide guidance on practical and supportable ways of dealing with these in Expert reports. Her presentation will cover:- dealing with hindsight in historical business valuations- discounts for lack of marketability (restricted stock studies and more)- valuation of tech start-ups: applying valuation principles to the tech start-up world: key issues and getting benchmark information- recent examples of dealing with tricky valuation issuesSandra Mossios, Director in Forensic and Investigation Services, BVB
2. Investigation sessionSpeaker TBC
3. Report WritingSpeaker TBC
Your impact in court
Experts - how the delivery of your evidence can win or lose a case. An interactive discussion on tone of voice and how you deliver your evidence with tips on other non-verbal cues. How these skills can translate into day to day business life and an explanation of how to succeed at hot tubbing.
Sarah Jackson, IBB Solicitors
Optional lunch session: Tech readiness, the future of the world of work, and associated inferences for Forensic.The Hays “What Workers Want” (WWW) report is unique in the industry. Having focused before on emotive drivers (WWW 2017) and the applicant journey (WWW 2018), our new, 3rd report focuses on “tech readiness” and the future of the world of work. We will discuss key findings (eg.the future is now) and how ready to firms feel they are to deal with change. Do we fear or face automation? Skillset versus mindset? We will then drill down on the effects of automation on supply into the Forensic industry. For example:
Businesses are not always selling technical advancements, yet nearly half of applicants cite these as an attraction difference – we will discuss how this can be addressed. Overall, our aim in this session is to help inform and empower you to both embrace and capitalise on technological change.Louise Bridge and Karen Young, Hays
Interactive session – Social Engineering workshop
Step into the shoes of a hacker and learn about social engineering- the biggest threat to your staff in this one-hour interactive workshop. You will work in teams to gather intelligence on your target company and its staff then craft convincing spear phishing emails to execute your attack. This workshop has been designed to teach you the art of “adversarial thinking”- thinking like a hacker to identify where you and your clients are vulnerable. You will be left with simple tips to make yourself and your clients more secure against this rapidly growing threat.
Lisa Forte, Red Goat Cyber Security
1. Legal Update – Criminal Eve Giles, Partner, Allen & Overy
2. Legal Update – Matrimonial Amber Sheridan, Barrister, 29 Bedford Row
1. Mediation - The Role of Accountants as Experts or Parties and how to avoid being both at the same timeThis talk will cover the important differences in the role as expert in mediation as opposed to other forms of dispute resolution, and how to maximise the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of mediation as expert and participant generally.Laurence Cobb, Director, Dove Professional Services Ltd and In House Mediator, Global Mediation Ltd.
2. Lloyds sessionDonna Dimmack, Lloyds
3. Valuation sessionSteve Shaw, Financial Seminars Ltd
Legal Update – Civil/Cases An exploration of the current litigation landscape and recent cases impacting the role of expert witnessesTim Crockford, Partner, Clyde & Co
Chairman's closing remarks
Fiona Wilkinson, President of ICAEW, qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in 1980 and spent 11 years with Deloitte in London and Jersey but also working in Europe and Canada. Fiona then went on to set up her own practice, working as a technical consultant to firms advising them on auditing, financial reporting and practice assurance. Quality in auditing and financial reporting is at the heart of her daily work and Fiona is keen to help restore trust and ensure that quality is maintained through continuous improvement. She believes that auditing and accounting standards are at the core of building a world of strong economies and are essential to raise standards of living and prosperity. Fiona is an ambassador for diversity and inclusion in the profession, spreading the message that accountancy is an inclusive profession which is open to all, no matter what their background. Fiona became President of the South West District Society in 2004/05 and turned it around by encouraging younger members, women and student representatives to become involved. During the last thirteen years she has served as chair of the Professional Standards Board, ICAEW Board director and chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee. Fiona will serve as ICAEW President from June 2019 to June 2020.
Laurence Cobb has sat as mediator in a large number and variety of disputes and has also attended many mediations over the years as a party representative. As a mediator, Laurence has experience in disputes relating to the construction and engineering sector, real estate sector, commercial contracts, company and shareholder disagreements, insolvency, international disputes, professional negligence, probate and estate disputes and the retail sector. He has also sat as mediator in a large number of education sector disputes. Laurence has specialised in construction and engineering law since 1986 and has over 30 years of advocacy experience and in excess of 25 years’ experience in contract management in the field of construction law, commercial disputes and professional negligence. He was on the executive board at Taylor Wessing and was responsible for the management and delivery of the last office move and running an international office. He retired from Taylor Wessing LLP in March 2019 to focus on his mediation practice via Dove Professional Services Ltd.
Eve Giles, Partner and Allen & Overy is a white collar crime specialist with almost 20 years of experience advising on high profile criminal investigations. Eve acts for both individuals and domestic and multinational corporations in a broad range of sectors including financial services, mining, energy, infrastructure, construction and engineering. She specialises in corporate crime cases including international and domestic corruption, cartels, insider dealing, market abuse, fraud and extradition. She is an experienced criminal trial litigator and has defended a number of cases at trial against the SFO, FCA, CPS and OFT (predecessor to the CMA).
Tim Crockford is a partner in the Professional and Financial Disputes team at Clyde & Co. He works on a wide range of contractual and tortious disputes (often with an international element) and has particular experience acting for clients in the financial, accounting and professional services sectors. In addition to High Court litigation, Tim has considerable experience advising clients in relation to regulatory investigations (particularly by the Financial Reporting Council) and understands well the reputational issues which can arise. He has experience in all forms of dispute resolution including international arbitration disputes in the LCIA and ICC as well as mediation.
Sarah Jackson read law at the London School of Economics from 1996 to 1999, and obtained her Legal Practice Course from the College of Law in 2001. She trained at Fox Williams before moving to BP Collins upon qualification in 2003. Sarah joined IBB in 2010. Sarah is a Senior Solicitor specialising in commercial dispute resolution. Sarah has a particular interest in Companies Act disputes and insolvency. She is a skilled mediation advocate and firmly endorses a holistic dispute resolution approach to litigation whilst sustaining an excellent track record at trial or interim applications. Sarah regularly provides training to other professionals and clients, and delivers witness familiarisation training to professional experts and lay clients who are giving evidence in Court or Arbitration. Ranked as a Star Associate in Chambers & Partners in 2019 and 2018 and an Associate to Watch in 2017; and as a Next Generation Lawyer by Legal 500 in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Lisa Forte is an expert in the human side of cyber security and social engineering. In 2018 she won the “Top 100 Women In Tech” Awards recognising her achievements and contributions to the cyber security industry. Lisa began her career in counter-terrorism intelligence for a UK Government agency before moving into one of the UK Police Cyber-Crime Units dealing with serious cybercrime cases both in the UK and abroad. Lisa founded Red Goat Cyber Security in 2017 to teach companies about the methodologies used by cyber criminals. Her areas of expertise include social engineering, the psychology of persuasion, insider threats and rehearsing for a cyber-attack.
Karen Young is a Director and recruiting expert at Hays Accountancy & Finance. She provides strategic leadership to a team of over 400 accountancy and finance recruitment professionals across nearly 100 UK offices. With 22 years of finance recruitment experience, Karen has a track record of recruiting top finance talent for businesses across a range of industry sectors, and is a trusted industry voice on recruitment, career planning and market insights.
Louise Bridge is a longstanding specialist recruiter within Corporate Advisory, underpinned by a background in General Practice recruitment. She set up the London Corporate Advisory recruitment function for Hays in 2002 and has run it or advised into it ever since. Her own portfolio focus is on Forensic Accounting and Insolvency/Restructuring. She has a highly competitive, long-established and proven track-record recruiting from newly-qualified conversion level up to and including Director/Partner. Longstanding knowledge of her clients’ culture and direction mean that many of her placements are strategic, "off the grid" introductions. Her aim is always to help build firms as well as careers.
Sandra Mossios is an Director in Forensic and Investigation Services - Contentious Valuations division of Grant Thornton UK, and has over 19 years of professional experience. Sandra is also a co-founder and co-author at Business Valuation Benchmarks Ltd which publishes an annual M&A yearbook. For the last 14 years, she has specialised in valuation and forensic accounting across a range of industries in the UK, the USA and Australia. She has been involved in valuing shares, businesses, hybrid securities, options, deferred consideration and intellectual property, for commercial, forensic and tax purposes. Sandra gained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the American Society of Appraisers. Sandra is UK Senior Vice President of the American Society of Appraisers European Chapter.
During the early 1990s, Steve Shaw designed and delivered management, audit and due diligence seminars (both soft and hard skill sets). Since then, Steve has concentrated on corporate finance seminars, specialising in valuation, negotiating and strategy evaluation, clocking over 12,000 teaching hours in over 50 countries in addition to 15,000 development hours. Steve also facilitates internal organisational meetings to assist business units in developing robust business processes, scenarios, forecasts and budgets.Steve considers his purpose to help individuals and organisations achieve satisfaction in their daily business lives through integrated crafted workshop design and delivery in the areas of finance, strategy and personal development.
Donna Dimmack joined Lloyds banking group in 2003 undertaking a variety of roles across the bank within both the Retail and Commercial banking sector. Having worked within Fraud Risk Management since 2010, she is considered a fraud expert. Donna’s current responsibilities include protecting the Bank from fraud and more importantly protecting our clients from becoming fraud victims by providing fraud prevention education and guidance to Commercial clients and colleagues across all sectors.
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