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TWO DAY FORUM - Join us for the inaugural R3 Scotland Forum: Scotland Beyond 2020 – The New Business Order; two days of informative and timely debate and discussion.


Scotland, like all other parts of the UK and across the globe, has been through one of the biggest challenges to society and its economy in its history. As Scotland moves through this period, we face a new challenge of how our society and businesses emerge out of the impact the last year has had. How we emerge into the New Business Order and what supportive part the Scottish insolvency and restructuring profession has to play will be among the key questions that this forum will address.

We have a packed programme that has expert speakers and not-to-be-missed content which you will be able to view live and on-demand anytime until August 2021. 

We will also be integrating the Annual West of Scotland Insolvency Forum (WOSIF) Quiz which gives you a great opportunity to connect and network with other colleagues from across Scotland. Tickets can be purchased either in conjunction or separately from your conference ticket. 

Through the Forum virtual platform, you will also be able to create connections with other attendees and speakers through our Meeting Hub, during Q&A and discussion forums on our live sessions. Plus, you will also be able to visit our sponsors in our Virtual Exhibtion.

Group & Individual Ticket Offers Available

Our group tickets allow either 5 or 10 people from your firm to share the benefits of attending the Scotland Forum, and gain 10 CPD hours - the cost adds up to just £7-15 ph/pp!

Alternatively, if you purchase our Individual Ticket, you can bring a colleague at no additional cost by using the code FREETICKET when you book!

Thanks to our Saltire Main Sponsor: 

Breadalbane Finance

Session Time Session Title  & Description
09:30 - 10:30

Scotland's Beyond 2020 - The Big Economic Picture for the New Scottish Business Order

The Panel will discuss the macro-economic backdrop but looking specifically at the impact on Scotland from 2020 and the outlook for the economic environment in which the Scottish profession will be operating.  This will be an interactive session with attendees encouraged to participate in the chat room and respond to polling questions to engage with the audience's view on the impact of Covid-19 and how the profession will respond.


Tim Cooper, Chair, Scotland Forum and Partner, Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Jamie Lindsay, Managing Director, Breadalbane Finance
Mairi Spowage, Fraser of Allander Institute
Will Dowson, Bank of England

11:30 - 12:30

Leading from the Front: R3 and R3 Scotland - What Does the New Business Order Mean for Us?

The R3 Leaders will reflect on the Scottish economic context and Forum theme, the impact, challenges and opportunities for the profession in Scotland.  It will be a lively panel Q&A debate to include recent developments such as the likely use of restructuring tools, including CVAs, moratorium, and restructuring plans in the New Business Order. Forum delegates will be encouraged to participate in the chat room for Q&A or direct questions.


R3 CEO & R3 President
Iain Fraser, R3 Scottish Technical Committee Chair
Tim Cooper, Chair, Scotland Forum and Chair, R3 Scotland Committee
Stuart McBride, Communications Manager, Policy and Public Affairs, R3
Pamela Muir, WOSIF Chair
Kirsty Low, R3 Scotland NextGen Chair

16:00 - 17:00

Investing in Scotland's Business Future

As we look to the ‘next normal’, what is the outlook for Scottish businesses? This Panel Q&A will bring insight and perspective from leaders in Scottish Government, Scottish Industry, the Scottish Economy and HMRC. The session will explore the role of Scottish lenders into businesses, discuss how Recovery Loan Schemes might be utilised by businesses going forward and what challenges and opportunities Scotland will face as we move through 2021, steering ourselves out of the Covid-19 pandemic and into the New Business Order. The session will discuss current business and sector confidence and highlight the stress points now and in the medium to long term. It will also discuss how Scottish Government and HMRC will support Scottish businesses as we move to the ‘next normal’. It will be an informative and engaging session, not to be missed.


Alison Munro, Head of Business Services and Advice, Scottish Enterprise
Jamie Lindsay, Managing Director, Breadalbane Finance
Jim Morrison, Revenue Scotland
Denise Kerins, Head of Business Response Unit, Scottish Enterprise 
James Black, Fraser of Allander Institute
Ivan McKee, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise

18:00 - 19:00

Social Event: BYOB and hear from Emma Bache

We are really looking forward to hearing from Emma Bache, one of the UK’s leading graphologists (handwriting experts) who has been analysing different types of handwriting since 1989, with a huge client list from members of the aristocracy to celebrities and business leaders.

Emma’s skills allow her to deliver some fascinating insights into human behaviour. As well as helping with recruitment and corporate restructuring, Emma has even helped to solve cases of fraud for both private individuals and the corporate world!

Join us for this interactive session as Emma discusses some fascinating insights into the handwriting styles of some famous figures and then will analyse some different handwriting examples, including some from the R3 Scotland Committee! There will also be some time for a Q&A at the end of the session.  Bring your own drinks and join us for some light-hearted fun!

Session Time Session Title  & Description
09:30 - 10:30

Fraud – What Are We Going To Do About It?

We have all heard the news about fraudulent access to government support schemes, this session will look at the work being done by the special unit set up by HMRC to combat furlough fraud and what we can all look out for as we start to deal with an increase in advisory work and formal insolvencies as well as finding out what we as a profession can do to help HMRC recoup public funds deemed to have been mis-used.  We will hear from the Chair of the R3 Fraud Group on the steps being taken by R3 to work with all agencies and stakeholders coming up against fraud and provide some top tips on how to deal with it properly and effectively.  Insolvency professionals will all need to be wary of inadvertently falling foul of the regulations simply by utilising funds held in the company to meet fees and expenses that are later found to be proceeds of crime due to fraudulent claims for government support, not a situation anyone of us wants to be in. The session will be interactive with questions asked of the audience as well as the opportunity to put your own questions to our expert panel and hear first class advice from those working against fraud on a daily basis.


Ian Campbell, HMRC
Chair: Frances Coulson, Senior & Managing Partner, Moon Beever and Chair, R3 Fraud Group

11:30 - 12:30

Time to Choose: Oil Services at a Strategic Crossroads

2020 was a tumultuous year for the oil services sector.  Once more the industry has had to deal with a brutal downturn, as it tackled the with challenges of an oil supply and demand shock whilst dealing with the operational adversity posed by a global pandemic.  For the oil & gas industry, this downturn followed in the wake of the 2014 oil price crash, which many oil services companies had yet to fully recover from.  In this session we look at how oil field services businesses are trying to adapt to ‘build back better’ in the face of an energy transition towards a lower carbon future and the impact that may have on restructuring in the sector.


Jason Higgs, Partner, PwC
Alan Barr, Head of Energy Services, PwC
Roddy McKellar, Senior Manager, PwC
Co Chairs: Richard Bathgate, Partner, Johnston Carmichael & 
Rebecca Walker, Senior Associate, Ledingham Chalmers LLP

16:00 - 17:00

Scottish Sector Focus: Hospitality & Leisure

Scotland has a route map out of lockdown but what will that look like for the Scottish hospitality and leisure sector after a year of dormancy and how will consumers respond? By necessity our habits have changed over the last year and the sector will need to respond to this. It is anticipated that as restrictions ease some businesses in this sector will need restructuring advice, whilst others will thrive like never before.

This will be a live panel presentation, drawing in sector experts, with an audience Q&A and some online polling. Some of the topics our panel of experts will be asked to consider are:

  • How will the recovery differ for city vs coast and country properties?
  • Positioning Scotland as a ‘safe choice’ for inbound visitors
  • How new travel and work trends will impact tourism?
  • The ‘domestic opportunity index’ – the chance to convert typical outbound travellers into domestic and provide UK hotels an opportunity to grow their domestic market share.

This looks set to be a very engaging and informative session.


Steven Fyfe, Savills
Mike Glancy, Bar and Restaurant Solutions
Chair: Jude Howson, French Duncan
Jamie Nellany, Brodies
Stephen Montgomery, Scottish Hospitality Group

19:00 - 21:00

Annual West of Scotland Insolvency Forum (WOSIF) Quiz

Session Title  & Description

Interrogate the Institute: All you wanted to know but were afraid to ask an RPB

A unique opportunity to put anonymous questions to both the Scottish and English Institutes – what have you, the Scottish restructuring community always wanted to ask the Institute but have been too shy or afraid of the ramifications? Claire Middlebrook will host a Q&A session with David Menzies (ICAS) and David Bond (ICAEW) in a no holds barred interview.  Which Institute has the best rating for insolvency reports?  Has ICAS decided to operate fully remotely?  How does a monitoring rota really work?  Have your questions answered and watch at your leisure.


David Bond, Director, ICAEW
David Menzies, Chartered Accountant, ICAS
Chair:  Claire Middlebrook,, Managing Director, Middlebrooks Business Recovery & Advice

Beyond Wrongful Trading: Claims Against Directors

The panel will discuss directors’ duties in light of the suspension of liability for wrongful trading under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, the implications in practice, and the remedies that remain available against directors. There will be a particular focus on how the landscape for claims of this nature might look as Scotland emerges out of the pandemic and goes 'back to business', as well as how the continuing expansion of opportunities for litigation funding might impact on such claims.


Colin Maclver, Managing Associate,  Addleshaw Goddard
Neale Tosh, Advocate, Axiom Advocates
Lynsey Walker, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard

Join us for the WOSIF Quiz Night on 10 June

On the evening of Thursday 10 June, we will be running the WOSIF Quiz and are delighted to confirm Alan Sinclair as the Quizmaster. We will be able to have a few drinks (supplied to you in a cocktail / mocktail package and delivered to your home) and gather online in teams to try to win the honour of being the 2021 WOSIF Quiz champions.

As usual for the WOSIF Quiz, we are also proud to support our charity of the year, which is Who Cares? Scotland, an amazing charity supporting looked after children in their journey through care into the world of work, through our online version of “heads and tails” and raffle prizes.

This is an event you will not want to miss, so join us for a great evening of networking with your teams and the chance to edge a little closer to enjoying all the things we’ve missed in the last year. 

Thanks to our WOSIF Quiz Sponsors: 


Both tickets for the Forum and the Quiz are available to purchase, however, if you purchase our combined Forum and Quiz tickets, you will recieve £5 off. 

Our group tickets allow either 5 or 10 people from your firm to share the benefits of attending the Scotland Forum with attendance to all live sessions, access to the On Demand Library, the Meeting Hub and Virtual Exhibition - the cost adds up to just £7-15 ph/pp!

Alternatively, if you purchase our Individual Ticket, you can bring a colleague at no additional cost by using the code FREETICKET when you book.

Individual Tickets Price
R3 Member Individual Ticket  £120 +VAT
Non Member Individual Ticket £150 + VAT
R3 Member Individual Ticket & 1 Quiz Ticket With Drinks Package £145 +VAT
R3 Member Individual Ticket & 1 Quiz Ticket & No Drinks Package £125 +VAT
Non Member Individual Ticket & 1 Quiz Ticket With Drinks Package £175 + VAT
Non Member Individual Ticket & 1 Quiz Ticket & No Drinks Package £175 + VAT

Group Tickets Price
Group of 5 Only £450 +VAT
Group of 5 & 5 Quiz Tickets With Drinks Package £575 +VAT
Group of 5 & 5 Quiz Tickets & No Drinks Package £475 +VAT
Group of 10 Only £750 +VAT
Group of 10 & 10 Quiz Tickets With Drinks Package £1,000 +VAT
Group of 10 & 10 Quiz Tickets & No Drinks Package £800 +VAT

Quiz Price
Quiz Ticket With Drinks Package £30 +VAT
Quiz Ticket Only & No Drinks Package £10 +VAT

A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors

Breadalbane Finance

Breadalbane Finance

Saltire Sponsor

Azets Sweeney Kincaid Bar Restaurant Solutions
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Clearway Scotland
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Thistle Sponsor

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