Acting for OMBs Conference 2019

Our one day Acting for OMBs Conference has been specifically designed for partners and those at management level who advise owner managed businesses. It is a specialist conference looking at a wide range of practical issues which will enable those attending to provide the best possible advice to their clients.

The topics covered are: 

  • Business and Employment Law Update
  • Cyber Security
  • Insolvency Processes
  • Topical Tax Issues
  • Accounting Update



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Full conference agenda

Louise Dunford, LD Consultancy Ltd

This session will cover some of the main legal issues which have arisen in the previous 12 months that are relevant to the accountant dealing with small and medium sized businesses, including owner managed concerns. The content will include some or all of those topics laid out below, and will be governed by what has emerged from the courts and legislators in the months leading up to the conference, to cover developments up to the two weeks before the conference date.

Company Law Update:

  • Company formation issues, articles of association and shareholders’ agreements
  • Directors’ duties, and other recent developments in personal liability
  • The insolvent customer, and insolvency issues generally, including Sequana
  • Reforms at Companies House?

General Business Law Update:

  • Buying and selling a business, pitfalls to watch for, and TUPE developments
  • GDPR – where are we at?
  • Professional negligence – Grant Thornton and its implications

Employment Law:

  • Employment status, IR35 and the extension to the private sector
  • Payroll issues – the latest on minimum wage and holiday pay

Paul Atkinson, FRP Advisory

This session will cover:

  • Different Insolvency Processes
  • Responsibilities of Directors
  • Expectations of Creditors - Pre & Post Appointment
  • Role of the IP

Emma Gilbert‑Smith, SWAT

The first part of this session will cover:

  • Structures and Buildings Allowances - a brand new tax relief relevant for OMBs
  • Brexit – from an OMB tax perspective
  • Entrepreneurs relief – tips and tricks. The rules have changed from 29 Oct 18 and 5 April 19 and we will give a roundup of the rules

Emma Gilbert‑Smith, SWAT

The second part of this session will cover:

  • Accounting and tax aspects of intangible fixed assets – for corporate OMBs
  • Research and Development reliefs – topical points for corporate OMBs
  • Business vehicles, across the taxes – a roundup of topical capital allowances, benefits in kind and VAT considerations

Andy Larkum, ADL Consulting

Cyber risk is becoming a top concern for business and IT executives. With cyber crime on the rise year on year, coupled with the indiscriminate and automated nature of cyber attacks, understanding this risk is a pressing requirement for businesses of all shapes and sizes. In this session we will explain why cyber crime is so pervasive, what the main threats are to your business and the less obvious consequences of becoming a victim of cyber crime.

Jane Mather, Mercia Group Ltd

This session will look at the latest changes to UK GAAP for OMBs following the FRC's Triennial Amendments, and will cover current issues and pitfalls to watch for when preparing and filing accounts for small and micro-entities. Jane will also provide a brief update on the anti-money laundering regulations.

Conference speakers

Andy Larkum has over 16 years experience in the IT industry. In recent years, he has specialised in Cyber Security and GDPR. An accomplished speaker, Andy excels at making this often confusing topic clear and accessible to both the knowledgeable and the uninitiated alike.

Louise 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. Louise specialises mainly in aspects of practical employment law, company law and on professional negligence, and has published widely in leading academic and professional journals.

Jane is a lecturer and technical consultant at Mercia and SWAT, having joined SWAT from practice in 1998. Her work includes audit and various compliance reviews, and she has a particular interest in training and lecturing in the areas in which she specialises; Audit, Financial Reporting, Money Laundering and Probate. In addition, Jane updates Mercia’s Money Laundering and Probate Compliance and Methodology Products. Jane has also sat on the ICAEW Technical Advisory Committee.

Paul has over 30 years’ experience in providing proactive advice to individuals, directors and partnerships facing financial uncertainty. He also specialises in Personal Insolvency and is a lead bankruptcy appointment taker in his office.

Emma qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2007 and has worked in the Public Sector, Practice and as a VAT Officer for HMRC. Emma joined SWAT UK in 2014 and spends her time working on student courses and tax and accountancy webinars.

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