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R3 Northern Ireland Half Day Forum

Half Day Forum - We are delighted to announce the return of the R3 Northern Ireland Half Day Forum taking place on Thursday 1 February 2024.

Bookings for this event are now closed. Please email [email protected] to join the waiting list.

There are only a few days to go until the R3 Northern Ireland Half Day Forum on Thursday 1 February 2024. Once again taking place at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast we look forward to welcoming colleagues from across the insolvency and restructuring profession. There will be plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues as well as engage with a lively and interactive programme of sessions.

The R3 Northern Ireland Committee


CPD hours for this event: 3


Thank you to our sponsor 



Cushman & Wakefield McCombe Pierce  



















Time Schedule 



Registration, breakfast and networking





Welcome and introductions from the Northern Ireland Chair


Ian Leonard, Chair, R3 Northern Ireland  - view bio






R3 update


Caroline Sumner, CEO, R3 - view bio

Nicky Fisher, President, R3 - view bio




Update from the Insolvency Service Northern Ireland 


Richard Monds, Director of Insolvency, the Insolvency Service Northern Ireland - view bio









My career in Restructuring – an interview with John Hansen 

From pulling pints to hosting world leaders, former KPMG partner John Hansen talks to Toby McMurray of Tughans about his career as an Insolvency Practitioner and life thereafter. John will discuss some of the highs and lows of his time working in Restructuring, the key ingredients for success, and how the profession has evolved over the years. This is a unique chance to hear some fascinating insight and stories from one of the leading names in the profession in Northern Ireland.


John Hansen, Non Executive Chairman, Titanic Quarter - view bio

Toby McMurray, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Tughans - view bio




Refreshment break and networking 









Northern Ireland commercial property overview

This session delivered by Cushman & Wakefield will provide a sector by sector summary of current market trends alongside sample local case studies. Cushman & Wakefield are a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Our iconic brand and approximately 53,000 people operate across approximately 400 offices in 60 countries generating $10 Billion of revenue (2022).  The Belfast office is a leading multi-disciplinary real estate professional services team providing advice across all market sectors.  


Mark RiddellPartner, Cushman & Wakefield - view bio

Robert TolandPartnerCushman & Wakefield 








Insolvency Practitioners in the box – a mock trial

At this year’s conference, we are taking a practical approach to the legal section.  Rather than focus on legal developments, we are aiming to provide practitioners with an insight into being cross examined in applications challenging antecedent transactions.  We will all have had some exposure to legal proceedings in our capacity as insolvency practitioners, but a very small number of us will have actually stepped into a witness box and had the pleasure of being cross examined by a skilled and tenacious barrister.  So, at this year’s annual conference, we hope to share with attendees what it is like to have their application and evidence forensically tested in a Court.  

Scott Murray of Keenan CF and Gareth McGonigle from ASM have agreed to be the applicants in two case studies which we will work through and they will be examined by Wayne Atchison BL and Rob McCausland BL.


Wayne Atchison, Barrister, The Bar Library - view bio

Robert McCausland, Commercial and Chancery Barrister, The Bar Library

Gareth McGonigle, Director & Licenced IP, ASM Belfast - view bio

Scott Murray, Director, Keenan Corporate Finance Limited - view bio






Closing remarks


Ian Leonard, Chair, R3 Northern Ireland  - view bio


Ticket Price
Member £60 + VAT
Non-Member £80 + VAT


Cushman & Wakefield McCombe Pierce  


















When and Where
For more information please contact
Richard Broekman
Richard Broekman
0203 989 8774



Northern Ireland


Nicola PogsonNicola Pogson
Senior Events Manager
0203 987 9918
Mercedes LopezMercedes Lopez
Senior Events Organiser
020 7566 4236
Lottie CondronLottie Condron
Events Organiser
020 7566 4233
Richard BroekmanRichard Broekman
Events Organiser
0203 989 8774

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