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REGIONAL FORUM - Join us for the Northern Forum 2024. We have a wonderful programme lined up as well as opportunities to network with colleagues in the insolvency industry.


We are delighted to announce the R3 Northern Forum 2024 will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham.


Once more bringing together insolvency, restructuring, and turnaround professionals from across the North East, North West and Yorkshire regions. There will be all the sessions you expect including legal updates, Q&A with the Insolvency Service and a Bank of England session on the day the interest rates are announced. We’ll also be hosting a mock trial and hearing from some of the stars of the future from across the Northern regions. 

As well as the technical sessions there will be plenty of networking opportunities throughout the day and at the post-forum dinner. To encourage networking with all levels of the professional we have preferential rates for new professionals and group tickets. 


Join us for what promises to be an insightful and enjoyable day. 


We look forward to seeing you there.


If you are interested in sponsoring you can download our sponsorship brochure or for more information, you can contact [email protected]


Thank you to our sponsors

Main sponsor   Welcome reception sponsor  
Postworks   Manolete
Postworks   Manolete   
 Exhibitor sponsor      
Compliance on Call    
Compliance on Call



Our Programme:







Welcome and opening of the Northern Forum


Kelly Jordan, Chair of R3 North East region


R3 President's Address


Tim Cooper, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard & R3 President


Legal Update

Jodie Wildridge will give an update on recent cases and how they will affect you in practice


Jodie Wildridge, Barrister, Exchange Chambers


Northern Stars


Shaun Hudson, Director, FRP Advisory


An update from The Insolvency Service


Louise Chester, Senior Policy Adviser, The Insolvency Service

Session Chair: Kerry Pearson,  Partner, Azets


Morning break


Mock Trial

Two IPs and two barristers will enact a court scene. The aim is 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.  This session aims to share with attendees what it is like to have their application and evidence forensically tested in a Court. 


Ben Lafferty, Business and Property Barrister, Exchange Chambers

Andrew Little, Partner, Begbies Traynor

Paul Stanley, Regional Managing Partner, Begbies Traynor

Session Chair:

Neil Harrold,  Consultant, Hay & Kilner Solicitors


R3 Update


Caroline Sumner, CEO, R3 




Welcome back and comments from sponsors


Investigations and claims


Alexandra WithersAssociate Director, Manolete Partners PLC

Neil Kelly, Partner, MD Law

Ryan Holdsworth, Associate Director, Leonard Curtis

Session Chair:

Jodie Wildridge, Barrister, Exchange Chambers


Northern Stars




Valuing Assets


Andrew HaslamPartner, FRP Advisory

David Swift, Director, Gordon Brothers

Benoit Geurts, Managing Director, Intellectual Property, Gordon Brothers 

Kelly Jordan, Chair of R3 North East region


Afternoon break


Northern Stars


Matthew Martin


Keynote: Bank of England Economic update

Hear the Bank of England’s latest forecasts and outlook for the economy.


Gareth HarrisonDeputy Agent, North East, Bank of England

16:10 Close from Northern Regional Chairs
Times TBC Drinks reception and dinner
Please note programme sessions, times and speakers are subject to change. 

Our Speakers:

We are very pleased to announce our confirmed speakers:

Name                            Organisation View bio

Louise Chester

Senior Policy Adviser , The Insolvency Service Click here
Tim Cooper Partner, Addleshaw Goddard LLP Click here
Benoit Geurts Managing Director, Intellectual Property, Gordon Brothers Click here
Gareth Harrison Deputy Agent, North East, Bank of England Click here
Neil Harrold Consultant, Hay & Kilner Solicitors Click here
Andrew Haslam Partner, FRP Advisory Click here
Ryan Holdsworth Associate Director, Leonard Curtis Click here
Shaun Hudson Director, FRP Advisory Click here
Kelly Jordan R3 North East Chair Click here
Neil Kelly Partner, MD Law Click here
Ben Lafferty Business and Property Barrister, Exchange Chambers  Click here
Andrew Little Partner, Begbies Traynor Click here
Matthew Martin Associate – Restructuring and Insolvency, Aaron & Partners Click here
Kerry Pearson Partner, Azets Click here
Paul Stanley Regional Managing Partner, Begbies Traynor Click here
David Swift Director, Gordon Brothers Click here
Jodie Wildridge Barrister, Exchange Chambers Click here
Alexandra Withers Associate Director, Manolete Partners PLC Click here
Membership Category Price
Member £325 +VAT

New Professional Member

(Offering a £195 saving and open to New Professional members only)

£130 + VAT

Group ticket - Member only for 3 people (buy 2 get 1 free)

(To secure your group ticket please email [email protected])

£650 +VAT
Non-member £370 +VAT
Accommodation - 19 September £115 + VAT

Thank you to our sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring you can download our sponsorship brochure or for more information, you can contact [email protected].

Main Sponsor   Gala Dinner Sponsor  
Postworks   Manolete
Postworks   Manolete   
Exhibitor sponsor      
Compliance on Call    
Compliance on Call


When and Where

19 September 2024 - 09:00 - 23:00

Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankland Lane, DH15TA, Durham

Book Now

For more information please contact
R3 Events
R3 Events
020 7566 4234
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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