Date and time
08/11/2018 09:00 - 19:00
ICAEW, Chartered Accountants' Hall, Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA
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 to 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 this course is highly relevant to anyone practicing 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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Roger Isaacs, Partner, Milsted Langdon
Keynote address - A view of the expert accountancy witness, from the bench... the good, the bad and the ugly
Sir Mark Havelock-Allan
Panel Discussion: What do Lawyers think Forensic and Expert Accountants could do better?
Breakout session one
1. Valuations Case StudiesSarah Middleton, Director, PwC
This breakout session, aimed at those who provide business valuation evidence and expert determinations, will focus on sharing valuation insights from three recent, and varied, cases - including issues relating to CRP, 'speculative' projections, basis of valuation, restrictive loan terms, goodwill and expansion cash.
2. Open source intelligence gatheringBenedict Hamilton, Managing Director, Business Intelligence & Investigations
An introduction to blockchain and cryptocurrencies. This session will be an introduction to the basics of how blockchain works, why the technology was created, and fraud / valuations examples.
David Lyford-Smith, Technical Manager, IT & The Profession, ICAEW
Breakout session two
4. FRC Enforcement – overview of our work / recent developments and challenges
A member of the enforcement team from the Financial Reporting Council will discuss recent developments at the FRC and will set out the enforcement process, sanctions guidance (including non-financial sanctions) and the possibility of Monitorships, drawing comparisons with other jurisdictions.
Claudia Mortimore and Kay Rogers, Financial Reporting Council
5. Accountants in Expert Determinations
Kate Hart, Forensic Partner, Roffe Swayne, Phil de Voil, Director, Deloitte and Andrew Maclay, Principal, BDO
This session will cover the implications of cyber crime for forensic accountants, for example aimed at fraud investigators who review and “dispute: accountants who may quantify such claims.
Donna Dimmack, Manager, Education & Controls Support, Fraud and Financial Crime, Lloyds Banking Group
Online Intelligence – Internet Research & Investigation SkillsDr Stephen Hill
Legal Update – Civil/CasesTim Crockford, Clyde & Co
Breakout session three
1. Interviewing SkillsMike Mason, Head of Forensics Director, BDO
This session will focus on interviewing for a fraud investigation, but the principles will equally apply to other types of interviews.
2. Matrimonial James Pirrie, Family Law in Partnership and Roger Isaacs, Milsted Langdon
Come consider the improvements in the recently unveiled “first appointment guide” and “guide to instructing accountant experts” with two of the authors and bring buns and brick-bats for what you think has been overlooked (we promise to go back to the drawing board as required).
Legal Update – Criminal Eve Giles, Allen & Overy
Chairman’s Closing RemarksRoger Isaacs, Partner, Milsted Langdon
Sir Mark Havelock-Allan retired in May 2017 from being the Mercantile Judge on the Western Circuit and also judge in charge of the Bristol Technology and Construction Court. Before going to the bench in 2001, he practised in these Chambers for 25 years. He was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1974, after reading law at Durham University and Trinity College, Cambridge. After completing pupillage, he joined 3 Essex Court (as 20 Essex Street was then called) in 1975. He specialised as a barrister in all aspects of international trade, in particular in cases involving carriage by sea and by road, shipbuilding, the international sale of goods, commodity trading, the Lloyd’s of London insurance market and arbitration law and practice. He appeared frequently in maritime arbitrations and in arbitrations before tribunals of the London commodity trade associations such as GAFTA, FOSFA and The Refined Sugar Association, and also in the Commercial Court, the Admiralty Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. He also sat as an arbitrator in LMAA arbitrations and at Lloyd’s of London and chaired the LMAA’s Supporting Members’ Liaison Committee at the time of the passing of the Arbitration Act 1996. As a Mercantile and TCC judge his work covered a much wider commercial field, from financial services (in particular the alleged mis-selling of financial products including swaps) to banking, the professional negligence of lawyers, accountants, architects, valuers and surveyors, and a wide variety of construction disputes.
Eve Giles specialises in white collar crime cases including overseas and domestic corruption, cartels, insider dealing, market abuse and extradition. She is an experienced criminal trial litigator and has defended many cases at trial against the SFO, FCA, CPS and OFT (the predecessor to the CMA). Her cases often involve an international dimension, including investigations by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and other US regulators, and she has a good network of US and European lawyers with whom she works.
James Roberts is a partner in our professional and commercial disputes team. He specialises in defending claims against accountants, which for many years has occupied almost all of his time, but he also has extensive experience of other financially-related professional disputes including those involving financial services and claims against directors. James heads the accountants' PI team at Clyde & Co, which continues to expand in number and breadth in line with the nature and range of professional problems experienced by the large accounting firms. In particular, the team has seen considerable growth in its representation of firms facing regulatory and investigative attention, notably from the FRC, FCA and the SFO, together with the challenges presented by regulatory investigations running in parallel with traditional damages claims.
Sarah Middleton is a Director in PwC’s Valuations practice in London. She has c.15 years of experience in providing valuation advice to a range of different clients, including privately held and family owned businesses, mainly in the retail and consumer, industrial products, services and real estate sectors - both in the UK and internationally. Sarah has significant experience in carrying out valuations for disputes (commercial, shareholder and matrimonial) and expert determinations, as well as tax, transaction and restructuring purposes - frequently involving complex group structures, often with multiple stakeholders and subject to court or regulatory scrutiny.
Mike Mason heads up the forensic services of Southampton Office and is a Forensic Accountant and Barrister. He has been involved in forensic accounting for over 25 years and given evidence on over 28 occasions in the High Court, Crown Court, Military Courts Martial, Family Court, and the Technology and Construction Court.
Andrew Maclay is a forensic accountant who has specialised in all aspects of Forensic Accounting since 1996. He has an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, an accredited Accountant Expert Witness and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is the forensic accounting officer of the International Bar Association’s Asset Recovery subcommittee. He specialises in the quantification of damages in international arbitration, and has worked on disputes in many jurisdictions, particularly France, Switzerland, West and East Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the CIS. Between 1991 and 1994 he worked in Burundi, Africa and is fluent in French. He has given evidence in ICC and ICSID tribunals, the English High Court, a criminal court and by way of deposition in US proceedings.
Philip de Voil is a Director within Deloitte Forensic’s dispute resolution practice, recently transferring to their Birmingham office after 15 years in London. Since 1999 he has focussed primarily on transaction-related dispute engagements, in particular Completion Accounts / expert determination matters. He leads the Transaction Disputes subteam within Deloitte’s UK practice and is a member of both the ICAEW President’s Appointment Scheme and the committee of the ICAEW’s Forensic and Expert Witness Community.
Kate Hart is a partner and Head of Forensic Services at Roffe Swayne, a 90 strong accountancy practice based in Surrey. She has specialised in forensic accounting since 2000, spending 11 years in Deloitte’s forensic group before establishing the forensic practice at Roffe Swayne in 2011. Kate is instructed in a wide variety of cases including commercial, matrimonial and personal injury disputes. In transaction-related matters she regularly acts as expert to determine completion accounts, earn-out and valuation disputes. She also advises clients on the submissions they are making to other experts from both technical and practical perspectives. Kate is a Chartered Accountant and a member of The Academy of Experts. She also sits on the ICAEW President’s Appointments Scheme panel of experts, is a board member of NIFA, the Network of Independent Forensic Accountants and committee member of the ICAEW’s Forensic and Expert Witness Community.
David Lyford-Smith is an accountant and tech expert with particular interests in the digitalisation of tax systems, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, spreadsheet skills and best practice, and the place of technology in ICAEW’s professional qualifications. In his role in the IT Faculty, David liaises with various business and practice stakeholders as well as academic and political interests to create events and publications on a variety of thought leadership activities surrounding accountants in practice.
Dr Stephen Hill is an expert trainer and consultant with over 18 years’ experience providing services to the private and public sector in fraud (cyber) risk management, data security/protection and internet investigations & open source intelligence. Stephen spent 11 years working for a top national firm of chartered accountants heading the Fraud and Forensic Group, leading an expert body advising clients on prevention, detection and recovery of fraudulent assets, working closely with the police, HMRC and private sector.
Roger Isaacs is Forensic Partner at Milstead Langdon. In addition to his day to day role advising clients, Roger lectures widely on a variety of accountancy related topics including Business Valuation, Strategic Planning and Directors’ Duties. He is also a prolific author of accountancy articles, which have been published both in the technical press and more widely, and he has been a visiting Forensic Studies university lecturer at the Shrivenham Defence Academy. As a qualified mediator, Roger assists businesses to resolve conflicts without recourse to the court but he is also regularly asked to provide expert accountancy opinion in relation to court proceedings. In 2010, he became one of the first people in the country to qualify for the new Forensic Accountants Accreditation from the ICAEW, in recognition of his knowledge and experience, which covers a diverse range of legal sectors from divorce and shareholder disputes to fraud cases and loss of earnings calculations. Roger is the national technical director of the Network of Independent Forensic Accountants (“NIFA”) and has given oral evidence in the County Court, the High Court, and the Magistrates Court, as well as in the Employment Tribunal and the Lands Tribunal. He sits on the panel of the President of the ICAEW for appointments to resolve disputes by means of Expert Determination and also on the Committee of the ICAEW Forensic Special Interest Group. He is; treasurer of the Association of South West Mediators; and a member of the Academy of Experts. As a licensed insolvency practitioner, Roger regularly advises businesses that are in financial difficulty and, in some cases, has to put to the test the commercial advice that he gives to his clients, when he finds himself at the helm of companies that he is trading in his capacity as Administrator. He also has considerable experience of acting as liquidator of solvent companies and has acted in relation to multi-million pound tax-driven group reorganisations. Finally, Roger is a trustee of a number of charities including Headway Somerset and St Peter’s Hospice.
Benedict Hamilton is a Managing Director in Kroll’s global Investigations and Disputes practice. Based in London, he leads Kroll’s General Investigations team for the EMEA region, specializing in digital investigations, including open source, and the tools and methodologies that enable clients to combat cyber crime, leaks of confidential information, counterfeiting, and intellectual property (IP) theft. Benedict started working for Kroll in 1999 and has been instrumental in developing new methodologies to achieve good results for clients through combinations of civil and criminal process, sometimes combined with litigation funding. Benedict also started the new tech group at Kroll which has led to the adoption of new tools for mining the deep web and social media for investigations. Prior to joining Kroll, Benedict spent 12 years producing investigative television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, and was twice Channel 4’s nomination for Royal Television Society (RTS) best journalism awards for programmes on Northern Irish terrorism and Combat 18.
Neil Levy was called to the Bar in 1986 and is a member of Enterprise Chambers. He specialises in banking litigation and advising on financial transactions. He has particular experience of domestic banking transactions having worked as part of the Lloyds Bank in-house legal team from 1987-1992. His field of expertise also covers professional negligence in financial transactions, insolvency and commercial disputes. Neil has been a contributor to Paget's Law of Banking, Penn & Shea's Law of Domestic Banking, and he is the editor of Bank Notes (www.banknotesuk.com) a website of banking related cases. Neil’s recent cases have included claims against banks for derivative mis-selling and LIBOR manipulation (Guardian Care Homes v Barclays Bank; Wall v Royal Bank of Scotland), claims against administrators for breach of duty (Davey v Money) and claims relating to mis-directed CHAPS payments (Tidal Energy v Lloyds Bank).
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.
James Pirrie is a family solicitor, mediator and arbitrator and has been promoting the value of using accountants in family law work since the 90s. In the noughties, he introduced the USA’s “collaborative practice” to Europe which brought centre stage the role of the financial neutral and has worked with Roger and Kate Hart and others on developing the accountants and family lawyers’ protocol, aimed at building better working relationships, which went live in the summer. He is a diredtor at Family Law in Partnership Ltd in central London, a practice in being to deliver emotionally informed, technical and highly connected services across a full range of family law issues.
Claudia Mortimore spent 10 years as a criminal barrister at Red Lion Court chambers prior to moving in-house in 2007. She prosecuted drug importation, tax, duty evasion and money laundering offences at Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office before moving to the Department for Business, where she prosecuted fraud and insolvency offences. For the past five years, she has investigated and prosecuted accountancy and audit disciplinary offences at the Financial Reporting Council. Her cases have included iSoft, Connaught and BHS. For the past year, she acted as interim Head of Enforcement and Executive Counsel.
Kay Rogers specialises in financial investigations and has led investigation teams at the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority before moving to the Financial Reporting Council. She has more than 20 years’ experience of conducting investigations relating to banks, insurance companies, property investment scams and advance fee fraud as well as directors’ conduct and investigations to identify and locate insolvent company assets.
John Dickinson is a barrister called to the bar in 1995, specialising in contentious probate work, Court of Protection, all areas of real property work partnership, banking, pensions, insolvency, company law and shareholder disputes. John’s commercial practice includes fraud, breach of contract, restraint of trade and sale of goods and consumer credit. John also has a practice in professional negligence work in relation to solicitors, accountants and financial advisors. John spent seven months in 2002-2003 acting as counsel assisting Lord Penrose’s inquiry concerning the collapse of Equitable Life. John is dual qualified, being also a Chartered Accountant. Prior to his career at the Bar John qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991, working for five years at what is now part of PwC, in its litigation support department. He was seconded to the Serious Fraud Office to assist in the BCCI investigation and gave evidence in the criminal prosecutions.
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