Paul Smith, CEO

Hello all. I have enjoyed joining the IPA team in Manchester, Leeds and Cardiff so far at the IPA Roadshows and meeting many prominent people in the profession, as well as seeing the IPA’s member-facing operations come to life. Next stop is Birmingham on November 4th followed by the final event in London on November 11th. If you are yet to attend and are in easy reach of either city, please do join us for an interesting, informative and sociable afternoon while also topping up your CPD hours.  

You can read more news on our upcoming events in this month’s newsletter and as a reminder on the London event and our 60th Anniversary Reception, don’t forget that you can save 10% on the total cost when you book for both events, with the reception held on the evening of the roadshow, just a short distance away.

We’re planning a special evening for the anniversary, providing an opportunity for you to catch up with contacts old and new over a glass of champagne, beer or wine, with canapés and informal dining also being provided. There will also be a cash bar for those whose tastes are more specific. The menus have been prepared by the award-winning Searcys, and we will celebrate in the iconic 19th century home of the Institution of Engineering and Technology overlooking the Thames, enjoying panoramic riverside views of central London, plus a private terrace (view a gallery here). I hope you will be able to join us to mark a significant milestone in the IPA’s history, and that of the profession more generally.

On the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) front, our members who are licence holders should have recently received a questionnaire on the regular Accountancy AML Supervisors’ Group (AASG) alerts that we send out. Your feedback is essential to help ensure these alerts have as much impact as possible, so please do respond if you haven’t done so already. There is also an AML update in this issue, on SARs in Action from the National Crime Agency’s UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU).

Our news on other fronts this month includes a new Insolvency Practice Direction from the courts, changes to our Disciplinary and Appeals Committee’s rules and an announcement on our new online Insolvency Practitioners Handbook.