Compliance Update Conference 2022

Our one day Compliance Update Conference has been specially designed for accountants who require an update on current compliance issues. Speakers will look at recent and upcoming key changes together with other current issues, to enable those attending to give the best possible advice to their clients.

Programme correct at the time of publication. Mercia Group reserve the right to change the programme and speakers as a result of circumstances beyond our control.

Who should attend the conference

Mercia's Compliance Update Conference is a must-attend event for any accountancy firms who require an update on current compliance issues.

Through this one-day virtual conference, you will get practical advice about all the latest changes and challenges currently facing the accountancy sector.

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Full conference agenda


Louise Dunford, LD Consultancy Ltd

This session will cover:

  • Employment Status including:
    • Recent gig economy cases, status for tax purposes in Atholl
    • IR35 – continuing impact of extension to private sector
    • Self-employment generally, directors’ status
  • Payroll developments including:
    • Minimum wage, sick pay - recent cases
    • Working time – holidays, breaks, working time
  • Family Friendly Reforms – what has happened and what might happen
  • Unlawful discrimination – case law round-up and new developments, including disability discrimination
  • Current concerns including WFH, health and safety and flexible working

John Selwood, Training Consultant 

The session will keep you up to date with the latest changes in anti-money laundering. 

It will cover issues such as:

  • An overview of the latest changes to anti-money laundering legislation - 5th AML directive and the updated CCAB Guidance
  • Risk based client due diligence
  • Simplified/Enhanced client due diligence (including Politically Exposed Persons)
  • Reporting material errors on the register of Persons with Significant Control
  • A refresher on what is defined as Money Laundering
  • Suspicious Activity Reports

David Norris, Mercia Group

David will use feedback from the annual QAD report and Mercia’s own reviews to highlight the key issues firms should be aware of in the areas of Client’s Money, DPB Investment Business, General Practice Assurance, and Probate.

The actual points covered will depend on the comments in the annual QAD report, but are likely to cover areas such as:

  • Client engagement
  • Dealing with commission
  • CPD Requirements
  • GPDR current issues
  • Good Clients Money procedures
  • Examples of why firms are referred to the Practice Assurance Committee

David Norris, Mercia Group

David will use feedback from the annual QAD report and Mercia’s own reviews to highlight the key issues firms should be aware of in the areas of Client’s Money, DPB Investment Business, General Practice Assurance, and Probate.

The actual points covered will depend on the comments in the annual QAD report, but are likely to cover areas such as:

  • Client engagement
  • Dealing with commission
  • CPD Requirements
  • GPDR current issues
  • Good Clients Money procedures
  • Examples of why firms are referred to the Practice Assurance Committee

Ros Martin, Consultant Adviser and Lecturer

Although many practitioners do not see many HMRC enquiries, the numbers are increasing as HMRC employ and train new compliance staff. 

This session will consider some of the particular problem areas encountered including responding to information notices and dealing with disclosures. We will consider relevant case law, particularly where HMRC have had their powers restricted.


David Norris, Mercia Group

In this session David will consider the Ethical framework that general practitioners must comply with, using examples from recent cases and will consider the comments from past QAD visits. Areas covered will include:

  • Ethical framework, sources of regulations and scope
  • Threats and safeguards model
  • Whistleblowing procedures – what good looks like

Conference speakers


Louise Dunford

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.

 


John Selwood

John is a Chartered Accountant and independent training consultant, who lectures for major accountancy practices, professional bodies, training companies and publishers. He speaks on auditing, financial reporting, company law and anti-money laundering.

Previously, he has been the technical partner for a top thirty firm of accountants and head of an accountancy network.

John is a member of ICAEWs Audit and Assurance Faculty’s Technical and Practical Auditing Committee and has been involved with presenting and writing the material for the Audit & Assurance and Financial Reporting Faculty’s events for many years. He also regularly writes for Audit & Beyond.

 


David Norris

David is the Head of Audit & Accounts and Compliance.

He joined SWAT UK in 2000 as an audit lecturer and reviewer, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with South West firm Thomas Westcott. In 2014, David was appointed to the board of SWAT UK as Training Director and then moved to the board of Mercia when the companies merged in 2016. He moved to his current role in 2021.

David is responsible for the technical quality of Mercia’s Audit & Accounts and Compliance Reviews, Technical Queries and Manuals, with a remit to ensure they are also practical and relevant to firms of all sizes. David also retains a lot of client contact and performs a large number of lectures and review visits, throughout the country and online.

 


Ros Martin

Ros is a consultant and lecturer covering all aspects of direct tax and Stamp Duty Land Tax. Until 2002, Ros was a fully trained Inland Revenue Inspector. She is now a consultant advising on tax planning for large and small businesses and individuals, as well as dealing with full and aspect enquiry work.

Her clients are mainly small and medium-sized accountancy practices. Her consultancy work means she understands the key issues of concern for accountancy professionals, and the practical application of the legislation.

 

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