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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Registration and refreshments
Welcome addressVikki Wall, Partner, Haberman Ilett
Welcome from ICAEW President, Fiona Wilkinson
Keynote addressSpeaker TBC
Breakout session one
1. Business Valuation BenchmarksSandra Mossios, Director in Forensic and Investigation Services, BVB
2. Academy of ExpertsSpeaker TBC
3. Report WritingSpeaker TBC
Your impact in court
This presentation will focus on how body language and communication is perceived and what you can do to be aware of your own presentation skills and the importance of being able to present well, particularly in Court.
Sarah Jackson, IBB Solicitors
Optional lunch sessionLouise Bridge, Hays
Interactive session – Wargame 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. The role of experts in mediationLaurence Cobb, Taylor Wessing
2. Lloyds sessionSpeaker TBC
3. Valuation sessionSpeaker TBC
Legal Update – Civil/Cases Tim 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 is head of the construction and engineering group at Taylor Wessing, The Lawyer magazine’s Law Firm of the Year 2013. Laurence is experienced in dispute management for projects of all sizes, both domestic and international. His clients, range from large corporations to small contractors, and local authorities to subcontractors. Laurence is a member of the Society of Construction Law and is referred to as an expert in both Chambers and Legal 500 Directories. He was educated at King Edward VII School, Lytham, Manchester University, and Chester Law College.
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 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 experience advising clients in relation to regulatory investigations (including by the SFO, FRC and Pensions Regulator) and understands well the reputational issues which can arise.
Sarah Jackson is in IBB’s Commercial Dispute Resolution team. Sarah is an experienced commercial litigator, who specialises in chancery litigation, predominantly involving the Companies Act and high-value professional negligence actions involving solicitors, accountants and financial advisors. She also undertakes high-value commercial litigation, partnership disputes, and contractual claims.
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. 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 newly established European Chapter.
Find out more about the benefits of joining the Forensic Community
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