R3’s SPG Technical Review is a one day course, uniquely designed to deliver essential regulatory and legal updates and best practice guidance for insolvency and restructuring professionals working within and/or with small to medium sized firms.

5 CPD hours

Factors beyond insolvency legislation continue to put pressure on the insolvency profession. With the help of regulators, technical experts and experienced IPs, these courses provide essential updates on a wide range of practical and regulatory issues, ensuring you and your staff remain compliant in an ever changing world.
These well established, popular and uniquely designed courses provide the ideal mix of practical and relevant guidance to assist the SPG community to navigate through the maze of regulatory change.
The courses also facilitate valuable networking opportunities, bringing together the SPG community. Delegates will benefit from a networking breakfast, lunch, breaks and receive a copy of speaker presentations in the delegate pack. 

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Dates and locations


14 FebruaryCrowne Plaza Kings Cross
1 King's Cross Road
London WC1X 9HX


26 February
Clayton Hotel
Albert Street
Birmingham B5 5JE



30 April
Hilton Leeds
City Centre
Neville Street
Leeds LS1 4BX



9 May
Sandy Park
Sandy Park Way
Exeter EX2 7NN



Session and speaker highlights

Member's Voluntary Liquidations

Charles Turner, CVR Global
With the continued expectation of HMRC for payment of statutory interest, what do you do when all funds in an MVL have been distributed and you are waiting for closure clearance? This session explores the options available to an office holder when funds aren’t available to settle the statutory interest due.

Minimising risk when handling estate funds

Making sure that funds relating to insolvent entities are used for proper purposes is a key part of being an IP. This session will look at the requirements of SIP 11. In particular, it will consider the shift in emphasis under the SIP to having suitable checks and balances in place to help minimise the risk of encountering problems when dealing with estate funds. It will also look at some practical steps that you can, and should take, to help ensure that estate funds are protected and to protect yourself from regulatory criticism.  It will also examine some specific issues surrounding the operation of “hub” accounts.

Pensions and the responsibilities of the office holder

Darren Toms, Clumber Consultancy (London, Leeds & Exeter)
During this session Darren Toms will share his expert pension scheme knowledge on the growing number of issues that an office holder faces during both a trading insolvency appointment and a non-trading scenario. He will cover the office holder’s statutory obligations and the impact that Auto Enrolment has had on all insolvency appointment types. 

Avoiding the Hindsight Risk

Michelle Butler, The Compliance Alliance
If we do not heed the regulators’ incessant cry for us to document our strategies, we risk facing a challenge brought with the benefit of hindsight. One area of risk is when making relatively quick and easy sales to connected parties. In this session, with particular focus on SIP 1 and SIP 13, Michelle will explore our statutory and SIP obligations to document our decisions and actions as well as reflecting on some other reasons why it makes sense for us to do so.

Money laundering: whole practice and insolvency specific issues

John Cullen and Rachel Lai, Menzies LLP
Practices are now familiar with undertaking risk assessments in respect of each case and large one-off transactions. Practices also have to undertake practice wide risk assessments. This session will consider what that entails along with some broader issues under the Money Laundering Regulations. John and Rachel will look at an IP’s continuing obligations under the Regulations, such as monitoring compliance, considering the effectiveness of practice systems and procedures, and training for staff. Additionally, an insolvency annexe for the current Money Laundering Regulations has been drafted to reflect the different issues faced by the insolvency profession, and the session will give some insights into what it will say.

RPB Update 

Alison Morgan, ICAEW (London & Birmingham)
Stuart Jary, IPA (Leeds & Exeter)
In this ever popular session, the IPA and ICAEW will provide a regulator’s update on current insolvency issues and hot topics. There’ll also be some SIP tips and reminders.

Legal Update: Corporate and Personal Insolvency

Stefan Ramel, Guildhall Chambers (London, Leeds & Exeter)
The essential legal update will provide a round up of recent key cases affecting insolvency professionals.

Investigations: An IP’s obligations under SIP 2 – a reminder

Giles Frampton, Richard J Smith & Co (Exeter)
Investigations by IPs is back in the regulatory spotlight as a result of the findings from monitoring visits where representatives of the Insolvency Service accompanied the regulators. This session will provide a reminder of an IP’s obligations under SIP 2, particularly in respect of the recovery of the company’s accounting records, before sharing some practical steps to take in respect of both investigations and the recovery of accounting records, supported by some war stories on investigations undertaken.

How to get paid when creditors won’t engage

IPs are having to undertake more work, and also explain and justify the work they undertake in more detail, but they are finding it increasingly difficult to get creditors to engage and actually approve their fees. This session will look at the steps that you can take to ensure that you get paid for acting as office holder if creditors won’t engage and vote on your fees at a decision procedure. The session will considering the position from both a technical perspective as well as provide some practical tips and ideas that you can use. It will also touch on the steps being taken by R3 encourage HMRC to engage in the process. 


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Course prices:

Fellow – £340+VAT
Member – £355+VAT
Associate – £405+VAT
Non-Member* – £455+VAT
New Professionals – £355+VAT
Fellow – £290+VAT
Member – £305+VAT
Associate – £355+VAT
Non-Member* – £405+VAT
New Professionals – £305+VAT


09:00 Registration with breakfast
09:30 Course commences 
12:50 Networking lunch
16:20 Course concludes


Charles Turner, CVR Global
Charles has 30+ years of restructuring and insolvency experience. As well as conducting a range of mid-market insolvency assignments he is well known for his specialist advisory expertise, working with financially stressed organisations in the charity and not for profit sector and also professional practices. 
Darren Toms, Clumber Consultancy
Darren started his career in pensions in 1996 and has been helping UK Insolvency Practitioners and businesses with complex pension and insurance related matters ever since. He is passionate, empathetic and positive about his work, particularly when creating cost effective compliant solutions that can offer minimal involvement and risk exposure for his clients.
Michelle Butler, The Compliance Alliance
Michelle spent 15 years working in insolvency practices and then seven years in the Insolvency Practitioners Association, first as Regulation Manager and then as Head of Regulatory Standards and Monitoring. Her blog, Insolvency Oracle, has become renowned for its practical and critical analyses of regulatory developments affecting IPs. 
John Cullen, Menzies LLP
John heads up the corporate recovery and insolvency department in Cardiff, as well as managing the office. He specialises in providing solutions for SME companies in financial distress in South Wales and the South West of England.
Rachel Lai, Menzies LLP
Rachel is a Director at Menzies LLP. She has undertaken a wide variety of corporate and personal insolvency assignments over the past 10 years and now deals with the many of the more complex cases, both solvent and insolvent.
Alison Morgan, ICAEW
Alison has been working in ICAEW’s Quality Assurance Department since October 2011 and spends much of her time on regulatory monitoring visits. She studied English and French Law at Leicester and Strasbourg Universities and subsequently started her insolvency career in 1997 in the Leicester office of KPMG LLP becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in 2000 and passing JIEB in 2001.
Stuart Jary, IPA
Prior to joining the IPA as a Regulation Officer in December 2015, Stuart started his working life as a VAT debt enforcement officer at Customs & Excise before joining the world of insolvency 21 years ago at PwC before moving to help open the FRP Advisory LLP South West office.
Giles Frampton, Richard J Smith & Co
Giles is a Chartered Accountant (1982) and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner (1989). He is also a member of the Academy of Experts. He trained with Thomson McLintock & Co in London and then moved to KPMG in Plymouth where he became a partner in 1991. Seeing the benefit of a niche practice dedicated to insolvency and expert witnessing he joined Richard Smith in 1994.
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.