The event was hosted by Neil Jinks, Client Development Director of the DWF Debt Recovery team and David Scottow, Senior Director and National Head of Debt Recovery at DWF, who also chaired proceedings. Both David and Neil are fellows of CICM and have many years of experience in managing the legal debt recovery process and supporting CICM and its members.
The conference brought together high profile speakers from DWF as well as insolvency experts and other professionals who explained how the legal landscape has changed over the last 12 months, as well as changes to regulations that have an impact on credit managers.
The theme for the conference was the ‘Legal Life of a Credit Manager’.
David welcomed the members attending and gave an introduction, based on his career in debt recovery spanning more than 40 years. Having worked in industry as a credit professional, as well as in the accountancy and legal professions, David has seen the legal debt recovery process evolve from various perspectives.
Colin Sanders of CICM Corporate Partner, Graydon UK presented on the importance of knowing your debtor and provided delegates with tips to avoid incurring bad debts as a result of fraud.
He was followed by Jeffersen Gledhill, Legal and Operations Manager of DWF, who has more than 10 years of experience in the law and legal practice relating to debt recovery. He presented ‘To sue or not to sue’ and gave delegates an overview of the whole process and covered best practice in the pre-action stage right through to enforcement proceedings and beyond.
James Perry, Solicitor and Technical Director of DWF who has more than 10 years of post-qualification experience, followed with a presentation on ‘Litigating to trial’ covering the Briggs reforms, the safety of using a solicitor versus a DIY approach and all other aspects to consider in preparing for trial.
Alan J Smith, Director of HCE Group, gave an overview of the High Court enforcement process covering what you can expect from an HCEO, the various stages of the process and a review of the recent reforms.
Michael Javaherian of LPC Law and colleague covered advocacy skills and court attendances and even conducted a mock county court hearing for delegates to observe.
Michael Locke of Begbies Traynor covered ‘Death and Debt’ from an insolvency perspective and demonstrated what steps could be taken when dealing with an insolvent estate and the rights of creditors, for example, when dealing with a difficult executor.
Heather Morris, Solicitor of the DWF Business Restructuring team covered ‘The changing face of insolvency’ and focused on recent and proposed changes to insolvency before reaching the conclusion that yes insolvency can still be a useful tool, but it must be targeted at the right debtors, otherwise it can become costly, time consuming and disproportionate.
The conference ended with a question and answer session and a summary by David Scottow. Delegates showed great interest and enthusiasm and raised many questions, and feedback has been excellent.
If you would be interested in attending the CICM Law Conference in 2017, please register your interest with Becki Sharpe at CICM Becki.Sharpe@cicm.com