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Insolvency conference

Date: 25th October 2018

Time: 09:00 - 16:35

200 SVS
200 St Vincent Street
G2 5RQ

CPD Hours: 6hours

This conference will address a number of uncertainties in insolvency law, looking at complex property matters, cross-border insolvency proceedings, and many other key issues in insolvency practice.

Insolvency law and practice has undergone a number of fundamental changes in recent years.

As companies operate across more borders and in more industries than ever before – with increasingly intricate relationships between contractors, suppliers, customers and employers – inevitably procedures have developed. This conference will address the complexities of insolvency law, including property matters, cross-border proceedings and other key issues in insolvency practice.

Find out more about becoming an accredited specialist in Insolvency law.

At this conference you will:

  • Review recent and current legal developments in insolvency
  • Learn how to manage unexpected complications arising from property, employee disputes and contractual issues
  • Examine cross-border insolvency procedures with other jurisdictions
  • Take part in participative open space session with leading practitioners on key practical aspects
  • Rachel Grant, Partner, Brodies LLP
  • Yvonne Brady, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn
  • Steven Jansch, Partner, Head of Insolvency, Solicitor Advocate, Gilson Gray LLP
  • Claire Massie, Partner, Pinsent Masons
  • Stuart Preston, Director, Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Mike Saville, Director, Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Vijay Rathour, Partner, Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Dr Bobby Lindsay, Lecturer in Private Law, University of Glasgow School of Law
  • 09:00 - 09:20

    Registration, refreshments and exhibition
  • Speaker
    Rachel Grant

    Rachel has specialised in corporate recovery and insolvency law for over 25 years and is recognised as one of Scotland’s leading insolvency lawyers. Rachel is also an accredited mediator. Rachel advises on all aspects of insolvency law and practice (corporate and personal). She is one of the few solicitors in Scotland with experience of director disqualification work and regularly advises directors on their duties and liabilities. She acts for a wide range of clients including insolvency practitioners, lenders, government departments, corporates, partnerships and individuals and has been involved in several high profile insolvency cases.

    • Recent trends in insolvency
    • What lies ahead
    • Anticipated changes to insolvency law

    Yvonne Brady

    Yvonne is a specialist insolvency and restructuring lawyer.  A member of the Law Society’s Insolvency Solicitors Committee, she has been named Scotland’s Star Individual in the field of corporate Recovery and Restructuring in the Chambers Directory 2016 (for the fourth consecutive year) and described as “the most experienced recovery lawyer in Scotland”. She deals with all forms of insolvency related issues ranging from complex bankruptcy to group restructuring, debt advisory and formal appointment work.  Yvonne has a particular interest in the SME sector and owner managed business across a number of sectors including football clubs, oil and gas servicing business; law firms (and other regulated businesses).  She is noted for her straightforward style and ability to deliver client outcomes with minimal fuss.

    • Employment disputes
    • Contractual issues
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Keeping clients satisfied in complex or difficult insolvency procedures

    Steven Jansch

    Steven was admitted to the roll of solicitors in 2002 and was admitted as Solicitor Advocate in 2013. Steven’s practice area is in litigation, debt recovery and insolvency. He has been heavily involved in many caseloads and recent key instructions, including; acting for Scottish foreign insolvency practitioners -acting for lenders in relation to security enforcement, refinancing, turnarounds and exits - advising a liquidator on pursuing a gratuitous alienation and unfair preference action against a publicly high profile former director and negotiating compromise of those claims to the benefit of the company's creditors – plus many more.

  • 11:10 - 11:25

    Refreshments, exhibition and networking
    • Legal aspects of managing insolvency proceedings and debt restructuring across jurisdictions
    • Potential impacts of Brexit
    • Enforcement of foreign judgments

    Dr Bobby Lindsay, Lecturer in Private Law, University of Glasgow School of Law
    • Reviewing the use of CVAs to restructure leasehold obligations, close sites and obtain rent reductions
    • Considering the requirement for regulatory change and the best practice protocol proposed by the British Property Federation


    Claire is Head of Client Relationships for Pinsent Masons' Financial Services Sector and heads the firm’s Banking & Restructuring team in Scotland. Claire is a restructuring and insolvency partner experienced in all aspects of turnaround, restructuring and insolvency law. With over 20 years experience, Claire advises corporates, banks and funds on restructuring and recovery strategies in the real estate, leisure, retail, energy and care home sectors.

  • 13:05 - 13:50

    Lunch, exhibition and networking
    • Review recent practical developments in Insolvency
    • Current challenges facing Insolvency Practitioners
    • Potential future tensions and complexities

    Stuart Preston

    Stuart is Grant Thornton’s Head of Restructuring/Insolvency in Scotland and is a licensed insolvency practitioner accepting both Corporate and Personal appointments. He has significant experience of providing restructuring advice, undertaking independent business reviews and, generally, providing advice and support to distressed companies and their stakeholders. Stuart also leads Grant Thornton’s Forensic practice in Scotland and acts as expert witness in litigation matters, having provided opinion in a wide range of disputes.

    • What do we mean by the term 'offshore'
    • Asset Tracing & Recovery work offshore
    • Skills & resources required to undertake offshore work
    • Your possible touchpoints with Offshore

    Mike Saville

    Mike is experienced in handling insolvency cases in the UK and Guernsey, as well as across the Caribbean region.  He is a UK licensed insolvency practitioner and has led insolvency appointments since 1992 and since 2010 from the Cayman Islands.  He is now resident back in the UK and focused on managing offshore appointments from the UK.  He has over 30 years’ experience specialising in Corporate Recovery and Reconstruction.  Much of that time has been spent as both a lead appointment taker on formal insolvency appointments, and in providing optimal solutions to stakeholders in distressed entities.  Mike has a broad experience of communicating effectively with stakeholders and of advising institutional stakeholders in underperforming businesses and has considerable experience of acting as an officer of the court and consequent duties when appointed by the court.

  • 15:00 - 15:15

    Refreshments, exhibition and networking
  • Speaker
    Ian Richardson

    Having worked in accountancy, regulatory, and commercial environments in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, Ian is proud to be part of Grant Thornton’s fraud insolvency team, leading a team of 20 or so professionals in the north of England.  Ian leads investigations and initiates recovery actions for a wide variety of creditors, including HMRC, financial institutions, commercial organisations and private investors who have lost money in investment schemes.

    • Understanding Blockchain
    • Tracing transactions

    Vijay Rathour

    Vijay is qualified solicitor and former barrister, having practised for over six years as a commercial litigator. He has advised on many large and complex investigations and trials, with a focus on financial disputes. He left private practice to join the FSA as a lawyer in the Retail 1 Enforcement teams. During this time he worked with the Enforcement team as an Investigator, helping defining Enforcement strategy and investigating misconduct by regulated banks and individuals.  He has managed data breaches ranging from limited but highly sensitive losses of data by governmental agencies to the theft of over $100 million through intrusion and manipulation of SWIFT systems in a client bank. Vijay works at the interface of legal and technical teams, providing experience in strategic guidance and crisis management, regularly reporting to Boards and oversight committees.  Vijay is an ethical hacker and enjoys a role on the Committee of the Cybercrime Practitioners Association. He is also engaged by the Ministry of Justice to re-draft the Civil Procedure Rules on Electronic Disclosure and Investigative techniques for the modern era.

  • 16:30 - 16:35

    Closing remarks


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