Meet Our Speakers: IPA Roadshow | Leeds 2024

Leeds Roadshow Host

Adrian Hyde, President, IPA; Partner, Begbies Traynor

Adrian is an Insolvency Practitioner and a Solicitor. Prior to joining CVR (acquired by Begbies Traynor Group in 2021), he was a Partner in two well-known law firms, specialising in insolvency, proceeds of crime and fraud work.

Experienced in working on a wide range of insolvency matters, the majority of Adrian’s assignments involve crime or dishonesty and many involve overseas issues at offshore jurisdictions and business centres.

Adrian has split his time between London and Gibraltar while working on the liquidation of an international law firm. This has provided an opportunity to focus on the expansion of Begbies Traynor’s international business.

IPA Priorities for 2024

Paul Smith, IPA CEO, Company Secretary

Paul Smith is CEO of the IPA and has enjoyed a long career in UK financial services, operating to Board level with a broad span of managerial responsibility. Commercially oriented with a strong track record of delivering results, Paul has evidenced an ability to harness the skills of high performing teams, whilst maintaining a clear focus on risk mitigation, customer experience and regulatory compliance.

While Managing Director at HSBC Private Bank (UK), Paul was also appointed Chair of the Private Banking Advisory Panel of the British Bankers Association.

Navigating the Economic Landscape in Yorkshire and Humber

Mark Casci, Head of Policy and Representation, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Mark leads on policy development for the Chamber’s activities, helping to lobby regional and national government on all matters from transport to skills to sustainability. He also leads on the Chamber’s communications, dealing with national, international and regional media. He sits on numerous boards and is frequently called upon to present at events and conferences.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Mark was an award-winning journalist for 18 years, most notably at The Yorkshire Post where he was Business Editor for seven years. His work has been featured in the Daily Mail, New York Times, The I newspaper and the BBC.

The UK Construction Sector: Challenges and Outlook

Jonathan Amor, Partner, Azets

Jonathan is an accountant and licensed Insolvency Practitioner with 20 years of experience. He is a Partner at accountancy practice Azets and is based in Leeds. He is also a Yorkshire committee member for insolvency trade association, R3. Jonathan has a deep understanding of restructuring and insolvency gained from advising numerous corporates and SMEs in the UK. Jonathan trained and worked for Deloitte before starting his own boutique practice prior to joining Azets in 2021. Azets is an award winning UK Top 10 practice delivering advisory and accounting services by 3,000 staff from over 70 offices across the UK.

Practical Learnings from Recent Cases

Alice Pratt, Partner, Clarion Solicitors

Alice is a highly regarded Business Restructuring and Insolvency lawyer. She works across all aspects of both corporate and personal insolvency throughout the UK, dealing with contentious and non-contentious aspects of assignments. Alice regularly acts for insolvency practitioners or businesses or individuals facing financial distress. Known for having a ‘high level of technical knowledge’ and being ‘extremely commercial’, Alice has an excellent reputation for dealing with corporate insolvencies including administrations, receiverships and liquidations and has acted on many high-profile insolvency matters, particularly in the manufacturing, retail, haulage and sport and leisure sectors.

Emma Lowe, Legal Director, Clarion Solicitors

Emma has over 18 years of experience dealing with complex commercial disputes. Emma works with insolvency practitioners, directors, investors and creditors on all manner of claims and contentious insolvency issues but has particular expertise in high-value matters relating to civil fraud and directors’ duties. Emma’s most recent work has been leading on the firm’s two most high profile and complex pieces of litigation coming out of the insolvencies of Debenhams PLC and VE Interactive Limited, both of which have been widely publicised in the press.

Emma is equally as happy pursuing claims as she is defending them and is recognised for being “extremely hard working, very personable and devoted to her client’s cause” and, along with others in the BRI team, a “leading senior advisor in the contentious insolvency arena”.

The Importance of Pursuing all Avenues to Recover a Bounce Back Loan

Graham Briggs, Associate Director, Manolete Partners PLC

Graham joined Manolete in September 2020 as a Consultant for the Yorkshire region. Graham qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and practised for the whole of his career at the Leeds offices of Addleshaw Goddard. Graham has specialised in all aspects of insolvency law since the advent of the Insolvency Act 1986. He has long been recognised by Legal 500 as a ‘leading individual’ in the field. Graham lives locally and has a wide range of connections with the Yorkshire region.

Is the Debt Advice and Solutions Market Really Working Well?

Peter Tutton, Head of Policy, StepChange

Peter is currently Head of Policy, Research and Public Affairs at StepChange. Over the last two decades he has worked on a wide range of debt policy issues including credit regulation, mortgage market regulation, insolvency, PPI, debt management practice, debt vulnerability and financial inclusion and resilience. Previously Peter has been a welfare rights adviser and frontline debt adviser and has managed advice services.

Threats to Watch Out for From Fraud & Cyber Crime

Andrew Fox, Regional Counter Fraud Coordinator, Regional Fraud & Economic Crime Unit, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit

Andy retired from Cleveland Police in 2013 as a Neighbourhood and joined North Yorkshire Trading Standards in the newly formed Multi-Agency Safeguarding Team which targeted rogue traders.

In 2018, Andy joined the Economic Crime Unit at North Yorkshire Police as a Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer which focussed on safeguarding and supporting victims of fraud.

In 2023, Andy moved to the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit as the Counter Fraud Coordinator, overseeing the function of the fraud protect officers in the four forces that comprise the Yorkshire & Humber region

Jagroop Sangehra, Regional Cyber Protect Delivery Officer, Regional Cyber Crime Unit, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit

Jagroop Sanghera works in the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit. Jags has worked in policing for nearly 4 years, before joining the Regional Cyber Crime Unit he worked in Information Management for West Yorkshire Police. As part of the UK Cyber Protect network, he works with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), Charities and Academia to educate them on current cyber threats and provide key advice and services offered by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Hattie Crossley, Regional Fraud Prevent/Protect Delivery Officer, Regional Fraud & Economic Crime Unit, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit

Hattie is a Prevent/Protect delivery officer for the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit. Whilst at University Hattie studied Forensic Psychology and went on to complete a PGCE. She was a teacher for five years before joining the police where she now supports victims of fraud, engages with communities and schools and advises organisations and businesses on how to best protect themselves from scams.

Regulation – Tricks to Use and Traps to Avoid

Caspar Wells, Senior Legal Counsel, IPA

Caspar is Senior Legal Counsel at the IPA and can be involved in all of the IPA’s operations. Prior to the IPA he practiced at the independent Bar for over a decade before joining the technical and legal teams of well-known IP firms. Armed with the JIEB, he became a non-appointment taking insolvency licence holder. He lives in London with his family and is a keen kite surfer, scuba diver and snowboarder.