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Restructuring & Insolvency Conference

25 - 26 June 2024

Join us for this virtual event, held over two mornings. It aims to help you understand how the restructuring and insolvency profession has evolved over time and more importantly what’s in store for the profession in the future, as well as what can be done to establish and maintain your competitive edge.

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Hear about the latest insights into matters affecting the restructuring and insolvency profession



Learn how artificial intelligence, including chatbots like ChatGPT are transforming industries and reshaping skill requirements for accountants



First class speakers providing both thought-leadership and highly informative sector specific insights


Challenging times

Navigating economic turbulence in an election year, money laundering vulnerabilities and BBL abuse are just some of the key challenges facing the profession in 2024



Encouraging restructuring and insolvency professionals to think differently



Earn up to 6 hours of verifiable CPD by attending this event.

2024 programme

Please note the programme is subject to change.

Day 1: Tuesday 25 June

Opening remarks
Becky Dacre, Chair, ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Committee and Restructuring Partner, Forvis Mazars.
The AI effect: What will artificial intelligence mean for the work of accountants?
Learn how artificial intelligence, including chatbots like ChatGPT are transforming industries and reshaping skill requirements for accountants in this informative session. Daniel Clark, AI-Assisted Trainer and Writer, will explain key AI concepts and use cases, discussing its opportunities and limitations. You will get an insight into what is needed to adopt new technologies and how AI may impact the accounting and related fields in the years ahead.
Future of the profession
Caroline Sumner, CEO at R3 and Stephen Allinson, Chairman of the Joint Insolvency Examination Board will discuss how the profession has evolved since the IA ’86 was introduced and understanding what it means to be an insolvency practitioner today. The session will consider the opportunities and challenges for individuals and firms in the coming years and how we can adapt and shape these towards a positive future.
Shifting employee expectations and redefining ‘normal’ in the workplace
Employees in 2024 have very different expectations than in the past. Tom Ahmad and Louise Crampton from BABR will join us to discuss how restructuring and insolvency firms can harness this shift to attract and retain the best talent.
Sector focus – construction
The Stewart Milne Group was a £150m+ turnover housebuilder prior to entering administration in January 2024. Adele MacLeod and Gavin Park from Teneo will discuss the restructuring options explored prior to insolvency, the practical considerations in dealing with part-complete development sites in administration, supply chain impact, lessons learned and key take-aways.
Closing remarks
Becky Dacre, Chair, ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Committee and Restructuring Partner, Forvis Mazars.

Day 2: Wednesday 26 June

Opening remarks
Tom Ahmad, Vice-Chair, ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Committee and Co-Founder, BABR.
Restructuring tax – the expense, the claim and the value add
In this session, Richard Dillea from Alvarez & Marsal Tax will provide an outline of UK corporation tax issues that can arise when selling trading assets out of insolvency. He will detail the signs that might indicate a need for specialist tax support, talk through a case study to help bring some of the issues to life, and outline commercial and practical solutions to these challenges.
Are you a professional enabler?
Michelle Giddings, Head of AML and Operations at ICAEW, will explore the key types of money laundering that IPs are vulnerable to and how they can prevent themselves from being exploited for professional enabling.
Turning the corner – a brighter economic outlook
RSM UK economist, Thomas Pugh, will discuss how the outlook for the UK economy over the next two years is the brightest it has been since the onset of the pandemic.
Administration extension pitfalls and recent UK court decisions
The consequences of an invalid extension by creditors are serious. In this session, Andrew Robertson and Yazmin Meadows from Pinsent Masons will cover defects in administration appointments, issues with extensions and whether recent court decisions should be welcomed by administrators.
Closing remarks
Tom Ahmad, Vice-Chair, ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Committee and Co-Founder, BABR.

Conference Chairs

Becky Dacre
Becky Dacre Partner, Forvis Mazars and Chair of ICAEW’s Restructuring & Insolvency Advisory Group

Becky is a licensed insolvency practitioner and chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience advising businesses in the Midlands and London. She helps owner-managed businesses and medium-sized companies across a wide range of sectors, with a particular specialism in healthcare providers, retail, automotive/aerospace, engineering and construction-related trades. Becky regularly advises on solvent restructuring and group rationalisation.

Tom Ahmad
Tom Ahmad Co-Founder of BABR and Vice-Chair of the ICAEW’s Restructuring & Insolvency Advisory Group

Tom is a chartered accountant, licensed insolvency practitioner and in 2007 co-founded BABR (formerly known as Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery). BABR specialises in delivering insolvency, commercial finance and debt recovery solutions to SMEs, funders and professionals.

Our speakers

Stephen Allinson
Stephen Allinson Chair, Joint Insolvency Examination Board

Stephen has specialised in credit, debt and restructuring and insolvency work since 1987 and has extensive experience in dealing with the full range of these procedures. Prior to setting up his own consultancy, he was a Business Recovery and Insolvency partner at a major law firm heading up a team of over 50 legal professionals undertaking national debt and insolvency contracts in both the private and public sectors. As well as advising many clients in the profession, he also pursues many other projects in the legal, insolvency and credit fields, including being Head of Legal at Apex Litigation Finance.

Daniel Clark
Daniel Clark AI-Assisted Trainer & Writer

Daniel’s aim is to help firms and professionals understand and develop the skill sets that will enable them to thrive in a world shaped by rapidly changing technology. To achieve this, he draws on over thirty years’ experience in a wide range of roles covering finance, management, HR and professional education, gained with blue-chip firms including EY, Goldman Sachs and BPP.

Louise Crompton
Louise Crampton Head of People, BABR

Louise has over 20 years HR experience. Starting her career in recruitment, she broadened her skill set to cover Employee Relations, Learning & Development and Organisational Development when she worked with the Arcadia Group. Louise has been working with BABR since 2018 and following the pandemic has been at the forefront of working with Tom and BABR's leadership team in transitioning from a single office location to a virtual 'bring work to people' model.

richard dillea
Richard Dillea Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal Tax

Richard Dillea is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal Tax, LLP in Manchester. He brings over 20 years of experience in restructuring tax. Richard’s notable assignments include a hive down sale of a haulage company; a group restructuring that preserved value in a construction company; the restructuring of syndicated debt for a manufacturing business; reorganising the UK operations within a global group; and overseeing the tax input in AMA processes in electric vehicles and software development sectors.

Michelle Giddings
Michelle Giddings Head of AML and Operations, ICAEW

Michelle is ICAEW’s Head of AML with operational responsibility for the AML supervision of ICAEW’s 11,000 AML-supervised firms. She is co-Chair of the Accountancy AML Supervisors Group and was Chair of the AML Supervisors’ Forum in 2021. Michelle qualified as a chartered accountant in 2005, completing her training contract at a Big Four firm and working within audit for professional services firms.

Adele MacLeod
Adele MacLeod Director, Teneo

Adele is a chartered accountant and licensed insolvency practitioner, and is part of Teneo’s Financial Advisory team in Scotland. Adele focuses on mid-market restructuring and insolvency work, and also has experience delivering complex expert witness engagements. Recent sector experience includes retail, infrastructure and construction.

Yazmin Meadows
Yazmin Meadows Associate, Pinsent Masons

Yazmin Meadows is an associate Pinsent Masons' London restructuring team. Yazmin has a wide range of experience acting on all aspects of transactional restructuring and insolvency matters for lenders, creditors and companies alike.

Gavin Park
Gavin Park Senior Managing Director, Teneo

Gavin is a chartered accountant and licensed insolvency practitioner, leading Teneo’s Financial Advisory team in Scotland. Gavin works across a range of sectors and undertakes both corporate and creditor advisory work, as well as formal insolvency appointments. Gavin’s recent experience includes mandates in the construction, hospitality, food manufacturing and industrial sectors.

Thomas Pugh
Thomas Pugh Economist, RSM UK Management

Tom is RSM UK’s economist. He provides economic insights from a middle market perspective, to both RSM and its clients. Tom works closely with RSM partners across the UK, as well as with colleagues in the US to monitor how changes across the pond could affect the local market. After graduating from the University of Manchester in 2009, he went to work for HM Treasury. This was right in the middle of the financial crisis, so he was assigned to help redraft the banking regulations. He then spent eight years at Capital Economics, where he first covered commodities (mainly oil), then the UK economy in the wake of Brexit and the onset of the pandemic.

Andrew Robertson
Andrew Robertson Partner, Pinsent Masons

Andrew is a partner in Pinsent Masons' London restructuring team. He specialises in advising on financial restructuring and formal insolvency matters. Andrew acts for banks, insolvency practitioners, directors and funds alike. Andrew also leads our specialist infrastructure and energy supply chain insolvency practice. Andrew’s recent experience includes working on high profile mandates in the retail, leisure, hospitality and construction sectors.

Caroline Sumner
Caroline Sumner Chief Executive Officer, The Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3)

As the trade association for restructuring and insolvency professionals R3 is at the heart of the profession in the UK providing a home for their community of members throughout their careers. As CEO Caroline oversees all aspects of R3’s work, from representation and technical support to the design and delivery of events, courses and conferences. Working with R3’s Council, team and member committees she is responsible for the strategic and operational management of the Association as well as shaping and delivering its strategy for the future, promoting, supporting and connecting members throughout their careers.


The virtual nature of the conference made it good value for money and time efficient whilst enabling a good update on current topics.

Previous attendee ICAEW's Restructuring & Insolvency Conference 2023

Great range of issues covered with excellent insight on topical matters. Well worth attending.

Previous attendee ICAEW's Restructuring & Insolvency Conference 2023

The standard of this conference was very good - it was professional, the subjects were delivered in a succinct and clear manner, and the guest speakers were simply excellent. The two mornings challenged behaviours and thought and left me wanting to tell others about what I had learned.

Previous attendee ICAEW's Restructuring & Insolvency Conference 2022

An extremely insightful and topical event!

Previous attendee ICAEW's Restructuring & Insolvency Conference 2022

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