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R3 Eastern Forum 2023

ONE DAY FORUM - Join us for the Eastern Forum 2023 as we explore the big issues facing the profession and the eastern economy.

Online bookings are not closed, pleae contact the team if youwould like to attend at [email protected]


We at the R3 Eastern Committee are pleased to announce this year’s Eastern Forum, hosted at the magnificent Sprowston Manor Golf Club located just 3.5 miles from the centre of Norwich. 

Given the profession’s important role in dealing with financial distress and economic fallout, this will provide a great opportunity to discuss and debate the new challenges facing eastern businesses as we emerge from the impact of these last few years.

The Eastern Forum will provide plenty of opportunity to renew past acquaintances and/or make new connections within a packed day of topical sessions.

Gala Dinner

Included with the Eastern Forum ticket is the gala dinner will be hosted on Thursday 21 September. The evening will start with a welcome drinks reception followed by a three-course dinner.

It has been too long since we were last together, and we are pleased to offer the opportunity to meet again and network with previous and new colleagues.

Dress comfortable for dinner with a smart casual look.


This is available for delegates on Thursday 21 September. We encourage all those registering and requiring accommodation to book as soon as possible as spaces are limited.


There is an opportunity to register for golf scheduled for Friday 21 September.

There is a special rate for our R3 New Professionals, see the pricing tab for more information.

We very much look forward to seeing you there.

R3 Eastern Regional Committee

A big thanks to our sponsors

Main sponsor           Main sponsor            
Clumber Consultancy           Primary Finance Group            

Keynote sponsor                          
Compliance On Call                           

Time Session


Registration and networking
Coffee, pastries & networking.


Welcome and opening remarks

Alistair Bacon, Chair of R3 in the Eastern region will welcome our guests to the R3 Eastern Forum 2023.

Chair: sessions will be chaired by Alistair Bacon, R3 Eastern Region Chair, AMB Law


R3 update

Caroline Sumner will update on the work R3 has been doing for members.


Caroline Sumner, CEO, R3


An update on official receiver services both nationally and locally

An update on the work of Official Receivers both nationally and locally with a view to providing greater insight into the work of the current teams and anticipated future developments. 


Mike Commins, Head of Official Receivers’ Property and Distributions Teams, Insolvency Service


Debt restructuring case study 

Mr. Davis will be walking through an East of England case study demonstrating how post covid debt restructuring can radically transform the strategic direction and fortunes of small/medium enterprises.


Mike Davis, Relationship Director, Primary Asset Finance


Networking and morning coffee


Investigations (SIP 2) –  Challenges for Office Holders

The session will look at some of the challenges, post-pandemic, for Office Holders in fulfilling their duties in respect of SIP2 – investigations into the assets of the company and conduct of Directors.

It will also look at:

How onerous are these now becoming?

Satisfying Creditor Demands.

What are the common issues being identified?

What options are available to the Office Holder where funds are limited in respect of the initial assessment, more detailed enquiries into any issues identified, and ultimately pursuit of any claims that may arise.


Sean Husband, Director, My Insolvency

Stan Coltman, Director, Licensed Insolvency Practitioner, My Insolvency


Managing insolvencies in the franchising sector – A panel session

There is no doubt that the relationship between franchisor and franchisee adds a layer of additional complexity for IPs when dealing with franchised businesses. 

The session is intended to highlight:

some of the issues which any IP is faced with when acting on behalf of franchised businesses; 

how insolvency laws affect a franchisor’s ability to benefit from its usual rights and protections under a franchise agreement; and 

the implications for an insolvent franchised business and its owners. 

The panel will be giving a brief insight into the franchising sector, highlight the key rights and obligations in a franchise agreement and work through a case study to tease out the relevant issues.


Damian Humphrey, Partner, Ashtons Legal

Fiona Stuart, Partner, Ashtons Legal

Paul Strelitz, Barrister, Gatehouse Chambers

Jonathan Titmuss, Barrister, Gatehouse Chambers


A vexing case

A case study of the fun to be had while litigating in Central London County Court against a litigant in person.


Alison Kirby, Associate Director, Manolete Partners




Common misperceptions with pension schemes in insolvency

In this presentation, Darren will cover frequent misbeliefs around pension schemes for businesses entering a formal insolvency or restructuring process. Based on his 23 years of service to the insolvency industry, Darren will look to demystify some of the common myths that Insolvency Practitioners encounter when addressing pension scheme statutory requirements, RP15 unpaid pension contribution claims and TUPE transfers.


Darren Toms, Managing Director, Clumber Consultancy


Corporate legal update 

In this session, Katrina and Ryan will be providing a summary of the most important corporate legal decisions from the past year


Ryan Hocking, Barrister, Gatehouse Chambers

Katrina Mather, Barrister, Gatehouse Chambers


Checking-out?  What happens when a hotel is in distress

This session will delve into:

A brief history and lessons learned from hotel failures in recent years.

The challenges hotels will be facing in future years. 

The restructuring lifecycle when supporting a financially challenged hotel asset/operator.

Chair: Fiona Stuart, Partner, Ashtons Legal


Ian Corfield, Restructuring Advisory Partner, FRP Advisory


Networking and afternoon coffee break


A word from Specialist Risk Insurance Solutions

Rebuilding costs of properties.


Angela Poyzer, Client Executive, Senior Specialist, Specialist Risk Insurance Solutions


Keynote - Story of a start up

A dynamic and experiential session, with the thought-provoking storytelling of a business's origins and future market domination plans.


Christian Hamilton, CEO, Fishers Gin


Closing remarks


Alistair Bacon, Founder, Managing Director, AMB Law and R3 Eastern Region Chair

18:30 – 00:00

Evening Drinks and Gala Dinner

Animated by Nick Crown with his mind-blowing magic


The golf will take place at Sprowston Manor Golf Club on Friday 22 September, we will welcome colleagues to this prestigious club and offering a fantastic opportunity for colleagues to join us to experience golf at its best.

It is a not-to-be-missed opportunity. There is limited capacity at the venue – so please book now to avoid disappointment.

Please note this has an additional price to the Eastern Forum ticket.

We very much look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks to AMB Law and Ensors for kindly supporting the golf day with post-golf drinks, food and prizes for winners


10:00                        Coffee and networking                                                                                        
10:30 First Tee-off
From 15:00 Refreshments, prizegiving and networking
A big thanks to our sponsors:
Main sponsor Main sponsor
Clumber Consultancy Primary Finance Group
Keynote sponsor  
Compliance on Call  

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Alistair Bacon

R3 Eastern Region Chair, AMB Law

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Stan Coltman

Director, Licensed Insolvency Practitioner, My Insolvency

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Mike Commins

Head of Official Receivers’ Property and Distributions Teams, Insolvency Service

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Ian Corfield

Restructuring Advisory Partner, FRP Advisory

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Mike Davis

Relationship Director, Primary Asset Finance

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Christian Hamilton

CEO, Fishers Gin

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Ryan Hocking

Barrister, Gatehouse Chambers

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Damian Humphrey

Partner, Ashtons Legal

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Sean Husband

Director, My Insolvency 

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Alison Kirby

Associate Director, Manolete & Partners

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Katrina Mather

Barrister, Gatehouse Chambers

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Angela Poyzer

Client Executive, Senior Specialist, Specialist Risk Insurance Solutions

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Paul Strelitz

Barrister, Gatehouse Chambers

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Fiona Stuart

Partner, Ashtons Legal

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Caroline Sumner CEO, R3 Click here

Jonathan Titmuss

Barrister, Gatehouse Chambers

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Darren Toms

Managing Director, Clumber Consultancy

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Membership Category Price
R3 Member Ticket - Full Day (Including Dinner) £295 +VAT
R3 Non-Member Ticket - Full Day (Including Dinner) £345 +VAT
Accommodation - 21 September (Single Occupancy) £85 +VAT
Social Golf Day - 22 September  £32 + VAT
A big thanks to our sponsors
Main Sponsor Main Sponsor
Clumber Consultancy Primary Finance Group
Keynote Sponsor  
Compliance on Call  
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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