The London Society of Chartered Accountants present their 2020 Practitioners conference. Boasting a range of focused technical updates covering subjects such as Tax, Insolvency and Employment Law, this two-and-a-half day event is sure to update you with everything you need to know.
2020 brings this conference for practitioners, organised by practitioners back to Cambridge for its 49th year. We ensure the lectures are not only practical, but are also of value to all types of firms, ranging from sole practitioners to up to around 15 partners. The lectures are created with delegates in mind, based on feedback from the previous years’ conference. As well as technical updates, the conference provides the opportunity to speak openly to other practitioners about any issues of concern.
With two dinners, discussion groups and multiple networking opportunities, it’s no surprise that we have delegates who return year on year. If you’ve attended before, welcome back. If you haven’t, give it a try. I guarantee you’ll find it incredible value and a lot of fun.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Barry Leibovitch, Chairman of The Practitioners' Conference Working Party
The Practitioners Conference 2020 brochure
2020 offers a range of discounts for attendees - for those joining us for the first time, you will benefit from a 50% discounted rate, and for returning attendees a celebration of the 150th year of the LSCA forming, means you can enjoy £150 off if you refer a new attendee.
Please see the cost tab for more details.
Please note: Accommodation is not included in the delegate fee and needs to be booked directly with Robinson College. Please see the 'Accomodation' tab for further details.
N.B. Car parking on site needs to be made in advance, so please do inform us at the time of booking if you require this.
Rebecca is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, lecturer, writer and consultant on a variety of taxes. She lectures extensively throughout the UK, to accountants, business people and also to HMRC and the Treasury. She was named Best Tax Lecturer at the Lexis Nexis Taxation Awards in 2007, and was awarded an MBE for services to the tax profession in 2012. She is currently Chair of the Digital Advisory Group, an independent group advising HMRC on the impact of Making Tax Digital on small businesses and their advisers.
JAMES DUBOIS – CONFERENCE CHAIR
James is well known to regular attendees as he has been a Conference delegate dozens of times during his 40 years of running his own general practice in Surrey. Since retiring from that, he now consults on general financial strategy for a selected group of entrepreneurs. This leaves him time for barbershop singing, squash, tennis, his first grandson and various other activities. His watchword is “Carpe Diem”!
Louise has been continuously involved in training and consultancy since 1987 and is a qualified barrister. She provides advice and assistance to employers through a consultancy company, CompleteHR Ltd, and for many years has also engaged in CPD training for most of the national accountancy training bodies and district societies in the UK.
Louise engages in management training, particularly in employment and HR, for many large multinational and national commercial companies. She has also worked as an occasional associate senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, mainly on the MBA, MA Personnel Management and MA Business Law. She has published academic papers in refereed journals, mainly on employment status and corporate manslaughter.
Peter is a Chartered Accountant. He has a professional practice background and has 20 years training experience, specialising in financial reporting, auditing and company law, as well as commercial awareness and business skills. Peter is a founding director of Insight Training. He has a small practice, providing advice to midtier and small accountancy practices on aspects of accounting, auditing and practice regulation.
John has 25 years’ experience as a capital allowances specialist. John trained with Arthur Andersen and was a manager of the capital allowances team. John left to set up Lovell Consulting, which specialises in capital allowances. John worked for four years as a chartered quantity surveyor for McBains Cooper. John was educated at Reading University where he gained a First Class honours degree in Quantity Surveying. He gained a scholarship to Oxford University and attained a Master of Philosophy degree in Management Studies. John is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians and is a Chartered Surveyor.
Neil Owen is an independent consultant, speaker and occasional writer. He has worked exclusively in VAT for over thirty-five years, initially working for Customs & Excise and entering professional practice in 1990. A Fellow of the CIOT and an Associate of the Institute of Indirect Taxation, he is also a Fellow of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants. He was for ten years the National Secretary of the VAT Practitioners Group and for six the editor of the book, CCH VAT Planning. Neil is an experienced and enthusiastic lecturer, with the unusual reputation for making VAT interesting.
MARK POLLARDMark has over 33 years of experience working for HMRC as a fully technically trained inspector and has gained invaluable and unique experience across HMRC’s lines of business. He worked for over 20 years in the insolvency arena, on some of the largest insolvency cases in the UK, and hence as HMRC’s last point of call on such matters. He now works in private industry, for a wide variety of clients, specialising in investigations, particularly into the use of ‘tax schemes’, and is advising several governments on modernisation of their tax enquiry regimes.
Since qualifying with one of the big 4 firms as a Chartered Accountant, Jenni has worked closely with chartered accountants and business professionals to help them increase their resilience, self awareness, emotional intelligence and day to day fulfilment. Jenni is also a lecturer at the University of Manchester where she conducts research in innovative teaching practices. She is an enthusiastic and expert trainer who believes in facilitating reflective conversations to equip delegates with the unique tools they need to improve their wellbeing.
BOB TRUNCHIONBob is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and tax partner with MHA MacIntyre Hudson and head of tax training at MacIntyre Hudson Advisory Services LLP. He has a wide range of tax knowledge and lectures on a range of subjects and is also a specialist in a number of niche sectors such as the medical profession and agriculture. Bob has appeared on national radio and television talking about taxation matters, particularly in the area of capital taxes.
Having qualified as a chartered accountant in 1988, Mark went on to pass his Joint Insolvency Examination Board (JIEB) exams in 1999 and is a licensed insolvency practitioner and one of the leading business recovery professionals in East Anglia. He specialises in personal and corporate insolvency work, including formal assignments, pension covenant reviews and independent business reviews, as well as restructuring and turnaround advice and assistance to companies, lenders and other stakeholders.
With over 25 years of experience in insolvency practice, Mark has worked across a number of different sectors including football clubs, haulage and transport, professional practices, manufacturing and technology businesses and currently heads up the Ensors’ team, leading them to win the Regional Insolvency Firm of the Year award at the I&R Awards in 2015.
He is also Chairman of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) in the Eastern Region.
DEAN WOOTTEN Dean has been involved in tax training for many years and lectures on a wide variety of tax matters. He started his career as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, qualifying with Grant Thornton in 1988, and then spent two years overseas with KPMG before returning to a medium-sized provincial firm in Sussex. Shortly after returning to the UK, Dean qualified as an Associate of the Institute of Taxation in 1991. Dean gained valuable experience working in practice, including five years at partner level. This enables him to focus his lecturing on the practical aspects of the issues presented. For many years Dean has provided VAT consultancy to practitioners throughout the UK.
Ali is a partner and Head of Litigation and Restructuring & Insolvency at Edwin Coe and has worked on several high profile insolvency cases including multi-million pound bankruptcy and corporate Ponzi frauds. He has experience in asset tracing abroad, pursuing and defending claims of misfeasance involving directors, conducting Insolvency Act examinations, advising on asset avoidance schemes, pursuing directors personally for breach of fiduciary duties and defending directors in disqualification proceedings.
Edwin Coe LLP is a full service law firm that provides clients with tailored and integrated legal services across a wide range of practice areas. They combine a highly personal and responsive service with industry-leading expertise.
Full conference - early bird rate (Available until 07 February 2020) £495.00 + VATFull conference - £545.00 + VATThursday and Friday only - £495.00 + VATNew attendee - 50% discount*Referring a delegate - £150 discount**
*This special 50% off discount amount is available for new attendees. Please email us before you book so that we can arrange the discount for you.
**If you are referring a new attendee please email us so that we can arrange a discount of £150 for you before you book.
Accommodation at Robinson' College
En-suite study bedrooms are available and conveniently close to all conference facilities.
Prices are £93.60 + VAT per night for bed and breakfast. There are a limited number of rooms available for Wednesday 18 March 2020 should you require it.
Book your rooms here using promotional code 38814.
Opening Address - Conference Chairman
Mark Upton, Ensors
Accounting Update (including Tricky accounting re property)
Peter Herbert, Insight Training
Louise Dunford, CompleteHR Ltd
General Tax Update (including IR35)
Rebecca Benneyworth, Benneyworth Training
General Tax update (part 2)
Audit Update, Peter Herbert, Insight Training
Persuasion and influencing skills, Jenni Rose, CABA
Neil Owen, VAT Advisory Services Limited
Ali Zaidi, Edwin Coe
Mark Pollard, Forensic Investigations & Taxation Services Ltd
R&D and Captial Allowances
John Lovell, Lovell Consulting
Bob Trunchion, MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Peter Herbert, Insight Training
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