28 March, Cambridge

7.5 CPD Hours

R3 Eastern Conference 2019



We are delighted to announce a new session "The UK’s Economic Outlook Post Brexit" will be presented by former chief economist of Lloyds Bank, Professor Trevor Williams. Trevor's experience covers financial markets, the UK and global economy, including issues such as global trade, demographics, productivity, the third industrial revolution, the future of manufacturing, technology and the internet of things. He is a visiting Professor at the university of Derby, Chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC), author of Trading Economics (Wiley), and writes a regular column in Moneyfacts.
Welcome to the inaugural R3 Eastern Conference, to be held at the historic Madingley Hall in Cambridge.
The conference will bring together insolvency, restructuring and turnaround professionals from in and around the Eastern and Midlands regions, providing the opportunity for valuable discussion, debate and networking.
The programme will feature a variety of current and relevant topics with expert national and regional speakers. Delegates will be encouraged to engage in debate and discussion throughout the day's programme.
We invite all attendees to stay for dinner for an enjoyable evening of networking and "second to none" dining. Post-conference accommodation is on offer for anyone wishing to stay the night and depart on Friday morning.
The conference will take place at the fabulous Madingley Hall, part of the University of Cambridge, with on-site accommodation. It is set in seven acres of spectacular gardens and grounds just four miles outside Cambridge city centre with ample car parking for guests.

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Programme and Speakers

Thursday 28 March

Registration & refreshments
Chair's welcome
Alistair Bacon, AMB Law Limited
Mark Upton, Ensors Chartered Accountants
R3 Update
Stuart Frith, Stephenson Harwood LLP
Duncan Swift, Moore Stephens UK
HMRC - The Front Line Against Fraud
Grant English, Civil Asset Recovery Lead, Fraud Investigation Services, HMRC
Fraud Investigation – An IP's Perspective
Ian Defty, CVR Global LLP
Ian will discuss the use of fraud in insolvency matters, why we consider using fraud as a claim and whether there are other remedies that are more helpful in an officeholders toolkit.
Bespoke Litigation Finance for Insolvency Claims
Steven Cooklin and Alison Kirby, Manolete Partners Plc
Coffee break
Wrongful Trading – Is it worth it?
Adam Deacock, Radcliffe Chambers 
The last few years have seen a number of significant reported wrongful trading cases, from Ralls Builders to the Guernsey case of Carlyle Capital (thought to be the largest civil case in Guernsey history). In each of them, the liquidators’ claims have failed. In this session, Adam will review and extract the lessons that practitioners should learn from the recent case, and discuss when it may be advisable for a liquidator to bring proceedings under s.214, and what alternative claims there might be.
Reflections on Carillion
Tony Hannon, The Insolvency Service 
Robert Hebenton, PwC
Networking lunch
Distressed Transport Businesses – Dealing With Operators Licenses and Other Issues
Tim Ridyard, Ashtons Legal
High Noon on the High Street
Simon Chaplin, Christie & Co
This session will look at the issues faced by operators on the High Street with a focus on those in the Hospitality space. This will include the rapid growth and subsequent issues in Casual Dining, the survival of the British pub, and how landlords can work with their tenants to help avoid distress and CVA’s.
Coffee break
Legal Update
Faith Julian, 9 Stone Buildings
The UK’s Economic Outlook Post Brexit
Professor Trevor Williams, University of Derby
The UK will have to navigate its exit from the EU and look to the challenges and opportunities that come from dealing with its low productivity and ageing population. To do this will require fixing its housing market, decentralising from central government, facing the rest of the world more proactively, and harnessing all its labour skills and resources more flexibly. Supportive monetary and fiscal policy will be a necessary part of this process, as the UK faces a period of transition.
Chair's close
Alistair Bacon, AMB Law Limited
Mark Upton, Ensors Chartered Accountants
Drinks reception

Friday 29 March

Departure (for guests staying overnight)



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Fellow – £275+VAT
Member – £290+VAT
Associate – £325+VAT
Non-Member – £350+VAT
New Professionals** – £140+VAT


28 March – Double room £85+VAT
Madingley Hall
University of Cambridge
Madingley, Cambridge
CB23 8AQ


Alistair Bacon, AMB Law Limited
Alistair is the founding principal and managing director of AMB Law Limited having set up the practice in May 2013. He previously worked in a number of firms in the City and beyond. Alistair has more than twenty-five years’ experience in advising in all areas of insolvency and corporate recovery.
Mark Upton, Ensors Chartered Accountants
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.
Simon Chaplin, Christie and Co
With over 35 years' experience in the pub and restaurant market, Simon is a Senior Director in the Christie & Co Corporate Pub and Restaurants team. Based out of London, Simon works with major pub and restaurant operators throughout the UK coordinating activity with sales and acquisitions. Successes in this sector include the sale of 28 sites for Paramount Restaurants, letting of 48 Little Chef units for Travelodge, the Convivial London Pubs portfolio deal to M&B plus Retail & Leisure transaction of 88 pubs to Hawthorn Leisure.
Steven Cooklin, Manolete Partners Plc
Steven qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC. He has worked in Corporate Finance/M&A at Hill Samuel, NatWest, and HSBC. Formed in 2009, Manolete is the leading acquirer and funder of insolvency litigation in the UK. Cases range from £20k actions against directors to £65m claims against major corporates. Manolete is listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange and is also funded by HSBC Bank. The company was the winner of the TRI Award for “Insolvency Litigation Funder of the Year” in 2016 and 2017. In April 2018 Manolete was listed in the Financial Times “FT 1000” as one of the Top 1000 high growth companies in Europe.
Adam Deacock, Radcliffe Chambers
Adam Deacock was called to the Bar in 1991 and practices from Radcliffe Chambers, Lincoln's Inn. He is a commercial litigator specialising in insolvency, company, fraud, banking and real estate disputes. He regularly deals with freezing injunctions and other urgent applications. He is recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a leading insolvency barrister.
Ian Defty, CVR Global LLP
Ian is a chartered and certified accountant and an insolvency practitioner, with over 30 years’ insolvency experience. He was a partner in a top 20 firm until co-founding niche insolvency firm, DDJ Insolvency, based in London. Ian was instrumental in merging DDJ with CVR Global in 2017. He is routinely involved in complex litigation as a liquidator, or office holder, to recover funds misappropriated by bankrupts, directors, advisors or other fraudulent individuals. His expertise also extends to the recovery of assets locally and overseas. 
Grant English, HMRC
Grant has been involved in HMRC civil recovery and insolvency since 2008, obtaining the CPI qualification in 2009. He is currently the Civil Recovery Lead in HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service Proceeds of Crime business area and leads a number of civil asset recovery teams working with other Law Enforcement Agencies, government departments and private sector Insolvency Practitioners to disrupt criminality, removing the profit from tax fraud.
Stuart Frith, R3 President
Stuart is a partner in Stephenson Harwood's restructuring and insolvency practice. He has extensive experience in both corporate and individual insolvency, advising all types of stakeholders in the insolvency process.
Tony Hannon, The Insolvency Service
Anthony is  the Official Receiver for the London region and heads the Public Interest Unit for the South, a role he has held since 2016 and which  involves dealing  with high-profile and complex insolvencies.Anthony has a number of qualifications including  accountancy, law and insolvency and is a qualified accountant.
Rob Hebertson, PwC
Rob has 18 years restructuring experience, with a focus on large complex engagements. Most recently Rob has been leading the central special manager team on Carillion, from the weekend of the 13/14th January 2018 onwards. As well as working closely with the Official Receiver’s team in determining strategy and key decisions, Rob was also responsible for co-ordination of the multiple sub teams across the insolvency.
Faith Julian, 9 Stone Buildings
Faith has a broad commercial chancery practice, and accepts instructions in all areas for which chambers is renowned and she regularly appears in the High Court, the County Court, the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal. Faith is frequently instructed in applications arising out of corporate and personal insolvency including claims involving misfeasance, wrongful trading, transactions at undervalue, preferences, and claims for the recovery of assets, unlawful dividends, disputed debts, and injunctions to restrain the advertisement and presentation of petitions.
Duncan Swift, R3 Vice President
Duncan is a Restructuring & Insolvency partner at Moore Stephens. He has over 25 years' experience in all types of restructurings and insolvencies introduced by owners, management, professional advisers, banks and other financial stakeholders in the South of England and has been an R3 member for almost as long. Besides significant sector experience in nursing and care home, charity and not-for-profit organisations, Duncan is a nationally recognised food supply sector specialist.
Professor Trevor Williams
Trevor Williams is the former chief economist of Lloyds Bank. His experience covers financial markets, the UK and global economy, including issues such as global trade, demographics, productivity, the third industrial revolution, the future of manufacturing, technology and the internet of things. He is a visiting Professor at the university of Derby, Chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC), author of Trading Economics (Wiley), and writes a regular column in Moneyfacts.
*All attendees are required to pay in full before attendance at the conference
**Must be an R3 New Professional member at the date and duration of the conference