Samantha Keen, President

Hello everyone. Firstly, many congratulations to all IPA Awards nominees, whom I am looking forward to meeting at this year’s Awards Reception! I sit on the judging panel, and I speak for us all when I say we were struck by the extremely high standard of the nominations we received – thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to submit a nomination to recognise the work of a colleague. We now have the challenging task of selecting the winners in each category, who will be announced at the Awards reception on 5th December. Join us on the evening to celebrate with the nominees and the winners, your colleagues and peers. Book your place here.

It was great to see our members in London for the final Roadshow of the 2022 Series. Over the course of the Roadshow series, we’ve heard insights from many different speakers and points of view, and you may wish to read a roundup from the London event here.

It is fair to say that both the corporate and personal insolvency worlds have been shaken up over the course of the year, with various issues making the headlines in recent months. We therefore close the year with some particularly important learning and development opportunities in both areas of insolvency.

Firstly, on 17th November, we close 2022’s series of IPA Learning modules with an essential review of corporate insolvency, paying particular attention to SIP 2 and the correct procedure for corporate insolvency investigations. The module will also cover important matters including: Director’s Loan Accounts; dealing with Covid loan schemes and HMRC; legal developments and more. The webinar will be delivered by Eileen Maclean, Director at Insolvency Support Services, and IPA Inspector Stuart Jary. Please book here to reserve your place.

Secondly, the IPA’s 14th Personal Insolvency Conference on 24th November is fast approaching and will be delivered against a particularly pressing backdrop this year, as may people find themselves in financial difficulty and turn to the personal insolvency sector for support. Don’t miss the opportunity to keep abreast of all the developments in personal insolvency and earn six hours’ CPD during the course of the day. Places are selling out quickly for the event, so I recommend booking soon if you wish to attend – click here.

As always we have some highly experienced and engaging speakers, and sessions will include insights on: the direction of travel in bankruptcy; a panel session on vulnerability in insolvency and the impacts of the cost-of-living crisis; the latest case law developments across personal insolvency and a focus on myth-busting around the use of IVAs. We will also hear from the IPA’s new charity partner, Turn2us, on how they support people through times of financial crisis.

I’m very much looking forward to meeting you at one or more of our events in the lead up to the festive period.

All the best,