7-8 March, Bath

6.5 CPD Hours

R3 Southern Conference 2019



Following the success of the inaugural R3 Southern Conference, the 2019 conference will be hosted by the R3 South West & Wales region in the fabulous World Heritage Spa City of Bath, Somerset.

"This should become a regular feature in the R3 calendar"

"good to have a locally accessible and good value conference"

"varied, engaging and informative"

The conference brings together insolvency, restructuring and turnaround professionals from the South West & Wales, Southern and London & South East regions, facilitating valuable networking opportunities with past, present and future connections.
Chaired by Chief Insolvency and Companies Court Judge Briggs, the programme will feature engaging presentations from expert speakers including HSBC Economist Chris Hare. Delegates and speakers alike will discuss issues of most relevance and importance to your region.


The conference will take place in the beautiful and historic city of Bath at the Apex City of Bath Hotel. Make new connections with professionals in yours and surrounding regions at the welcome drinks reception and during the ample networking opportunities throughout the conference.
On-site accommodation is available for delegates on Thursday 7 March, conveniently located in the heart of the city near to Bath Spa railway station (Great Western Main Line around 90 minutes from London or Southampton by train).


Programme and Speakers

Thursday 7 March

Welcome drinks receptions

Friday 8 March

Registration & refreshments
R3 President Welcome and Update
Stuart Frith, Stephenson Harwood LLP
Conference Chairman Introduction
Chief Insolvency and Companies Court Judge Briggs
An Introduction to Cryptocurrency in an Insolvency Context
Allister Manson, Opus Restructuring & Insolvency 
This presentation will cover
  • An explanation of the blockchain and its current and future uses
  • A brief introduction to cryptocurrencies
  • The potential future for Bitcoin in 2019 and beyond
  • Cryptocurrencies in the context of insolvency
  • Potential risks in an insolvency context
  • A recent case study: Cubits
  • Insolvency-specific themes: exchange rates; tracing; crypto-currency exchanges; recovery of crypto assets in insolvency
Fraud, Insolvency, Recovery Claims and How to Work with HMRC
Grant English, Civil Recovery & Insolvency Lead, Fraud Investigation Services, HMRC
Coffee break
Employee Benefit Trusts on Insolvency
Stephen Davies QC and Christopher Brockman, Enterprise Chambers
Stephen and Christopher will review the possible courses of action open to an office holder where there is an EBT. Looking at the case law they will examine the position where the trust was set up when the company was solvent and compare that with an insolvent entity. They will look at possible claims by office holders to “bust the trust” and also breach of director’s duties and claims brought under s.423 of the Insolvency Act 1986, as well as possible defences open to directors faced with such a claim. 
A word from our sponsors
Duncan Ainscough, Gordon Brothers
Networking lunch
Brexit and the UK Economic Outlook
In his presentation, Chris will provide an update on the latest developments on Brexit. This will include an overview of how different Brexit outcomes, including ‘no deal’, might affect the UK economy. Chris will also outline HSBC Research’s view of the broader UK economic outlook, including its forecast for no Bank of England rate rises through this year and next. are, HSBC Economist
How Change Management Can be Used to Drive Organisational Performance
Emma de-la-Haye, CMC Partnership Global
The days when change management was seen as “pink and fluffy” or the “nice to have, but not essential” should be long gone. Set in the context of today’s complex and often volatile business environment, this session explores how deploying the tools and tactics of Prosci®’s change management framework enables executives and senior leaders to drive employees, partners and even customers to adopt and embrace change so that organisational outcomes and transformations are secured and financial return on investment is achieved.
Coffee break
The Funded Litigation Landscape
Stefan Ramel, Simon Passfield and Samuel Parsons, Guildhall Chambers
Philip Winterborne, Temple Bright LLP
Steve Cooklin, Manolete Partners PLC
This session will focus on the funded litigation landscape. Following a brief introduction and reminder of the potential litigation liabilities that an IP is exposed to, the presentation will go on to consider the different avenues available to an IP to fund litigation, including CFAs and DBAs, as well as ATE insurance and assignment of claims. The session closes with a review of some of the challenges to funding package that an IP may have to overcome (for example, security for costs).
Q&A Panel – Chaired by Chief Insolvency and Companies Court Judge Briggs
Your opportunity to ask questions and raise lively debate with key speakers from the day.
Conference close



Download the booking form

Conference Ticket:

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


Preferential rates at the Apex Hotel are now sold out. A limited number of rooms can be booked directly with the hotel.
Apex City of Bath Hotel
James Street West
Bath, BA1 2DA


Chief ICC Judge Briggs (Chair)
Chief Insolvency and Companies Court Judge Briggs was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1994. As a barrister he specialised in the law of insolvency and company law practising from Guildhall Chambers in Bristol, and Serle Court Chambers in London. When in practice Chief ICC Judge Briggs was a member of the Insolvency Lawyer’s Association, the Chancery Bar Association and the Business Recovery Association, R3. He was appointed to the Attorney-General’s panel in 1999 and undertook a variety of work including director’ disqualification and acting as a friend of the Court in the leading case concerning the payment of business rates as administration expenses. He was appointed to his first judicial post of Deputy in 2007 and appointed a full-time Judge in 2015. In 2017 he was appointed to his present position as Chief ICC Judge.
Emma de-la-Haye, CMC Partnership Global
Emma is an accomplished change leader, coach and Prosci® Certified Advanced Instructor. Emma has extensive experience of transformation programmes, operational delivery and corporate governance. Holding an MBA from the University of Leicester Business School, Emma directs transformation and change management endeavours with expertise and influence. She is an excellent facilitator.
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 & Insolvency Lead in HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service Proceeds of Crime business area. He previously led the enforcement and recovery team in HMRC's Criminal Taxes Unit, working with other Law Enforcement Agencies, government departments and private sector Insolvency Practitioners.
Chris Hare, HSBC 
Chris joined HSBC Research in May 2017. He works in the European Economics team and covers pan-European and UK issues. Before joining HSBC, Chris spent two years working as a UK and global economist at an international investment bank. Prior to that, Chris worked for five years in the UK forecasting division at the Bank of England, where he helped to produce the MPC’s economic forecasts, while providing briefings on the economic outlook. He earned a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Warwick.
Allister Manson, Opus Restructuring & Insolvency
Allister is a qualified insolvency practitioner and chartered accountant. He joined Opus Corporate Services in November 2018 to launch and head its dedicated technology division. Currently, the only technology specialist IP in the UK, Allister has 20 years insolvency and restructuring experience, supporting businesses from start-ups to established software, hardware and tech service providers.
Samuel Parsons, Guildhall Chambers
Since joining Guildhall in late 2017, Samuel has quickly established himself as a go-to junior for specialist insolvency advice and advocacy. Alongside his work as a barrister, he also contributes to Tolley’s Insolvency Service, LexisNexis PSL, and teaches at the University of Bristol.
Stefan Ramel, Guildhall Chambers
Stefan is a commercial and insolvency barrister at Guildhall Chambers. He is top-rated for his insolvency work by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. He is described by clients as having an “outstanding intellect”. He is also described as a “go to Counsel” on cross-jurisdictional insolvency issues.


"varied, engaging and informative"
"really helpful, practical presentation"
"very motivational and inspiring"
"Great conference"
"good to have a locally accessible and good value conference"
"Very good conference"
"This should become a regular feature in the R3 calendar"
*Non-members 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