Update for the Accountant in Industry & Commerce


The essential annual CPD update for corporate accountants and finance professionals working in business

Running over two days this intensive update is CIMA accredited and will provide you with:

  • 12 CPD points in just two days - no need to book multiple training sessions throughout the year
  • A focussed and comprehensive summary of the key issues in tax, financial reporting and company law
  • The opportunity to concentrate on your CPD development free from workplace distractions
  • Renowned speakers
  • Comprehensive notes provided
  • Residential option available

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Course fees

Non-residential £950+ VAT    Residential £1,050+ VAT

CIMA and ACCA members:  Non-residential £895+ VAT    Residential £995+ VAT

Please note:  Payment is required in advance of the event.  All London events are non-residential.  A residential booking includes one night dinner, bed and breakfast.  Venues are held on a provisional basis and are not guaranteed.  Exact venue confirmation will be sent out two weeks prior to each event.  Glasgow attendees receive a 20% discount. 

Course content

All our presenters are professional consultants and lecturers and experts in their field and will be covering highly relevant topics:

  • Financial reporting - an indispensable guide into 2016   Ralph Tiffin & Paul Gee 
  • Employment law In 2016 - enhancing your leadership capability  Toni Trevett FCIPD
  • Tax changes you can't afford to ignore   Chris Burns 
  • Bringing value to your organisation with new approaches to your finance function   Kevin bounds
  • Essential company and business law update and practical approach to commercial contracts  Louise Dunford 
  • Are you leaving digital footprints...what does the Internet know about you and your business?   Dr. Stephen Hill  

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Main topics

Financial Reporting - an indispensable guide into 2016 Ralph Tiffin & Paul Gee 

A focused review of what is happening in the financial reporting world from the perspective of IFRS leading to new UK GAAP issues.

  • Planning for new IFRSs – will the new Revenue and Lease IFRS cause changes to your commercial practices?
  • Issues surrounding IFRS 9
  • IFRS and UK group reporting - choices under FRS 102, including FRS 101
  • Changes to CA 2006 as a result of implementing the new EU Accounting Directive
  • Best practice in FRS102 reporting – transitioning - new accounting policies – compliance on and after transition - goodwill, loans, groups – financial instruments
  • The Corporate Reporting Review – what do we do wrong? – how can we improve financial reporting?
  • What is being done in making strategic reports useful

Employment Law In 2016 - enhancing your leadership capability Toni Trevett FCIPD 

This year Toni will run two sessions in one.  Firstly taking you though some of the recent and pending employment law changes for the year as well as continuing her exploration into busting common myths.
Then by request she will consider the top ten traits and behaviours for leadership excellence with a focus on the people management aspects of the role.  Given one definition for leadership is the ability of a company's management team to make sound decisions and inspire others to perform well Toni will take you through the areas every leader should consider that can have real impact on performance and people. This session is designed to provide a number of great tips and techniques to maximise your success in any leadership role.

  • Employment law update for 2016
  • 2016 also sees the new The National Living Wage being introduced so we will spend some time  reviewing what this means in the workplace
  • Common HR / Employment Law myths and the truth behind them
  • Top ten traits and behaviours for leadership excellence

Tax changes you can't afford to ignore Chris Burns 

Chris Burns will run a session to update you on changes that will impact on your business within the current political climate.

There will be a greater focus this year on current and future changes as we face uncertain economic times ahead. Chris will be looking at:

  • Changes to Corporation Tax, Employment Taxes and Value Added Tax
  • Tax planning opportunities arising from the changes
  • The actual and potential impact of recommendations coming out of the Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) project led by the OECD
  • How the anti-avoidance agenda and on-going debate is affecting tax planning
  • Recent Tax cases heard by the Courts and what the decisions actually mean 

Bringing value to your organisation with new approaches to your finance function Kevin Bounds

This session will look at the pressures for change in finance and will provide practical, actionable advice on how to implement new approaches to add value to your organisation and improve the contribution and perception of finance within it.  Specifically, the session will cover:

  • The pressures for change
  • How to diagnose and identify what you want to change  (using a diagnostic questionnaire)
  • An overview of finance change management  approaches
  • How new technologies are changing both business models and approaches to business performance management
  • An overview of the balanced scorecard and other performance management tools 
  • How to influence senior colleagues by better communication and analysis
  • Typical quick wins 

Essential company and business law update and a practical approach to commercial contracts Louise Dunford

This session will cover all the current corporate and business legal issues that accountants need to know and will offer some practical approaches to contact law, content will be developed in accordance with important case law at the time of the course, but will include:

  • Business Law A-Z
  • Examining the implications of the  Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act and accompanying Regulations,
  • Breach of directors’ fiduciary duty – some interesting decisions
  • Personal liability of directors, in particular changes to insolvency rules,  also including pre-incorporation contracts and the Royal Mail Estates case
  • Recent cases around formation of a contract and battle of forms, including Acer Investment
  • Liquidated damages and parking charges – the Parking Eye case.
  • Good faith between contracting parties – when a party has to act in accordance with ‘good industry practice’ – what is the effect of this and other similar clauses?
  • Interesting new cases on termination of contract – interpreting the right to terminate and exercising notice of termination
  • A cautionary tale on escalating costs and the benefits of mediation CIP Properties v Galliford Try
  • Some tech issues – click wrapping and general terms and conditions and El Majdoub v CarsOnTheWeb  as well as the pitfalls of Cloud Contracts 

Are you leaving digital footprints? What does the Internet know about you and your business?  Dr. Stephen Hill  

The Internet and its supporting technologies play host to an increasing importance for human activities from communications and commerce to online gaming and dating.  With more and more individuals and businesses embracing the Internet and making it part of their lives, digital footprints are being left online making it even easier for someone to trace and monitor their existence.

  • Search engines, meta browsers, deep web search techniques
  • Fraud risk assessment
  • Due diligence techniques using OSINT tools
  • Finding/tracing a company profile online
  • Identifying the origin of an email      
  • Protecting your organisations privacy when going online

Multiple dates and locations available

  • Southampton 8th - 9th November - Grand Harbour Hotel
  • Gatwick 15th - 16th November - Sofitel London Gatwick
  • Birmingham 23rd - 24th November - Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel
  • London 7th - 8th December - Sofitel London St James


Chris Burns runs his own tax consultancy which specialises in providing be-spoke tax and business solutions to owner-managed businesses, high net worth (HNW) individuals and large corporate organisations. He has extensive experience of providing business and tax advice to owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs, foreign- owned and outbound investor companies (USA, Far East and many EU and other European countries), private equity and listed PLCs.  Chris was previously employed by PwC for 23 years, of which 17 were as a partner, and then finally as a Senior Tax Partner for the East Midlands. Before joining PwC Chris Burns was a fully-trained Inspector of Taxes with HMRC.  In addition to his consultancy work Chris is also a non-executive director at an NHS Trust, adviser to the Chartered Institute of Tax, member of Court at Bristol University and is also involved in property management.

Louise Dunford has since 1987 been continuously involved in training and consultancy, both for professional firms and for commercial organisations. Until recently she also worked as an associate senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth where she was mainly engaged on postgraduate teaching on the MBA, MA Personnel Management and MA Business Law, and she retains an active relationship with the University, having taught on their IPD courses in Grand Cayman and Guernsey. She also lectures on insolvency courses for CPI.  Professional clients have included Kingston Smith, BKR Haines Watts, BDO Stoy Hayward, Chantrey Vellacott DFK, Blick Rothenberg and numerous District Societies and the ACCA as well as the British Postgraduate Medical Federation, the Swedish Ministry of Justice, the Royal Aircraft Establishment and a number of NHS hospitals.  Commercial clients have included Schlumberger, Sema, Atos Origin, Warner Brothers, Turner Broadcasting, HCA International, Costain, May Gurney, Scott Bader, Seiko, Pret a Manger, IPC Media, and Philip Morris, as well as many smaller firms.  Louise specialises mainly in aspects of practical employment law, company law and professional negligence, and has published widely in leading academic and professional journals.

Paul Gee presents regularly on financial reporting under UK GAAP, full IFRS and Financial Reporting for Medium-sized Entities to accountants in practice and industry and commerce. He is co-author of Bloomsbury Professional’s Financial Reporting for Smaller Companies and co-author of Pearson’s Interpreting Company Reports and Accounts.  Paul is a member of the Accounting Council’s UK GAAP Technical Advisory Group.

Dr Stephen Hill BSc (Hons), MLPI, CIIP, PhD is the managing director of Snowdrop Consulting Ltd, a company with the aim of providing education and consultancy to the private and public sector in online investigations and open source intelligence, counter fraud and data security/protection.  He spent 11 years working for a top 25 firm of accountants heading the Fraud and Forensic Group, leading an expert body advising clients on prevention, detection and recovery of fraudulent assets, working closely with the police, HMRC and private sector.  Stephen specialises in e-crime awareness and prevention, online intelligence (including social media) and data security with over 15 years' experience in focusing on cyber fraud, intelligence gathering, data protection and IT governance. He is a certified practitioner (CIIP) for IS027001, and has worked on a number of ‘cyber’ protection guides for many small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and police bodies.  He has developed and delivered a series of data security, counter fraud, social media, IT Governance, and Internet Investigations and OSINT courses aimed at the private and public sector including membership bodies for the accountancy and legal profession. In addition Stephen has trained UK police forces (including Operation Podium in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics and SOCA), private-sector fraud units, not-for-profit organisations, and major world banks and retailers.

Ralph Tiffin BSc FCA AMIMechE is principal of McLachlan+Tiffin, chartered accountants and registered auditors. Ralph also acts a consultant to many companies in the UK and overseas on subjects ranging from project appraisal, applying IFRS, budgetary control systems through to fraud prevention.  He is director of charities and advisor to a major rail consultancy on business and project valuations. He is also author of a range of texts on project appraisal, accounting (guides to IFRS) and auditing.

Toni Trevett is a management consultant and a Director of CompleteHR Ltd.  She is a Leadership and Personal Development trainer and also runs specialist courses in HR and Employment Law.  Clients are many and varied including British American Tobacco, Telegraph, Shell, Dairy Crest, Stihl, Canute, the Canadian High Commission, NATS to name but a few.  Toni has worked with many organisations consulting, training and providing ongoing assistance to help them to improve their management and HR practices and  to maximise the performance from their employees.  Toni sits as a member of the Employment Tribunal for South London and has done so for some 25 years.  This has given her an expert view in practically managing issues and conducting grievance and disciplinary matters for client companies wishing to use external investigators to show best practice and an unbiased approach to sensitive or complex issues.  Although she has been consulting and training now for many years, her last employed position was as an HR Director within the BAA group where she gained considerable experience as a Senior Manager in a leadership role.

Kevin Bounds is an Oxford graduate, MBA and chartered accountant. He has operated as CFO, CEO, NED and senior consultant and specialises in finance transformation, balanced scorecard, strategy implementation and interim management. He was on the executive committee of the Faculty of Finance and Management and authored the ICAEW Good Practice guideline on balanced scorecard and has authored other publications for the ICAEW.  His corporate experience covers banking, consultancy, insurance and building societies with organisations such as J P Morgan, Natwest, Nationwide, KPMG and Axa but with a common theme of identifying and executing change and bringing a sharper focus to performance management.Kevin will bring practical advice and insight into how to shape finance to respond to current pressures and how to turn finance into a true value adding function. 


Please contact us at cch@wolterskluwer.co.uk or call 0844 561 8166* for more information or complete the form to reserve your place.

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