Tuesday 16 September 2014 - insolvency, enforcement and avoidance

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The next Association event is to be held on the afternoon of Tuesday 16 September 2014 at 3.30 p.m. at the offices of BNP Paribas Real Estate at 9 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2BJ. The speakers will be Matthew Whyatt and John Lee.

 

Matthew is a partner in the Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Department of JMW Solicitors LLP.

Qualified since 2008, he worked as an in-house solicitor at Bury Council for 18 months which helped him gain a good understanding of the needs of local authorities. Since then, he has acted for numerous authorities in insolvency matters and has helped them recover substantial amounts in unpaid business rates. He is currently acting for all Manchester councils in one capacity or another, and a number of London councils including Camden. He is also acting for the liquidators investigating the Public Safety Charitable Trust and the Life Foundation Trust, and for a number of councils taking joint action which may prove to be the biggest such case to date.

John is head of the local authority unit at Horsfields Financial Consultants and Insolvency Practitioners.

A chartered accountant and licensed insolvency practitioner, he has many years' practical experience in all forms of insolvency including liquidation, receivership, administration and voluntary arrangements, and has been appointed trustee in bankruptcy in more than 1,000 cases in the last 20 years.

A corporate member of the IRRV with particular expertise in the field of local authority debt recovery, he is also a member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) and currently sits on their General Technical Committee, Personal Insolvency Committee and North West Regional Committee.

Issues to be covered include:

·         creditors’ rights in each type of insolvency process;

·         pre-pack administrations;

·         investigations to make directors personally liable;

·         misuse of prohibited names (phoenix trading);

·         avoidance, and how to tackle it head on;

·         what to do if the landlord is based offshore.

They are happy to tailor their talk to suit their audience, so if there are particular issues you’d like them to cover please let us know and we’ll pass on your requests.

If you'd like to come and haven't yet reserved your place, please e-mail us as soon as possible at irrvwma@googlemail.com.

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