Course Summary

Duration8 hours


Course Overview

Session 1: The 3 C’s Of Employment Law

Time: 09:00 – 10:40
Speaker: Jemma Fairclough-Haynes – Orchard Employment Law  

In this session, Jemma Fairclough-Haynes will cover the following topics:

  • Contracts
  • Conduct
  • Current Updates

Session 2: Company Law Updates For Accountants In Practice

Time: 11:00 – 12:40 
Speaker: Brian Walker – The Bar of Ireland 

Session 3: Corporate Insolvency Update – With Focus On The Small Company Administrative Rescue Process

Time: 13:40 – 15:20  
Speakers: Jim Stafford – Friel Stafford  

Covid has presented different threats to clients than those threats from previous recessions. Combined with the impact of Brexit the Advisor needs to be in a position to provide pragmatic advice to clients who are facing insolvency. 

Advisors need to be familiar with the new legislation, the Small Company Administrative Rescue Process (“SCARP”), which will revolutionise corporate recovery choices in Ireland. It is hoped that by the date of the course the content will be updated with the Regulations and Court Rules governing the new legislation, and also updated with any published Revenue guidance. 

In addition to providing a comprehensive update on SCARP, the webinar will also address the following: 

  • How to advise clients facing insolvency. The pitfalls to be avoided. 
  • Pre-Packs: How to advise your client to “buy back” a business from a liquidator. 
  • Overview of Turnaround strategies that do not involve formal insolvency. 
  • How to advise Tenants and Landlords on the topical issue of rent arrears. 

Session 4: What Is Going On? Principles Of M&A And A Market Update

Time: 15:40 – 17:20   
Speaker: Keith Underwood – Foulger Underwood

This session will give an understanding of ‘the event’ – whether a sale, merger or acquisition – planning for the event, and the type of deal structures we expect and are currently seeing in the market. 

Supported by case studies, the participants should be able to relate to their size of practice, whether they are a sole practitioner or a ten-partner firm.  

Being well prepared and having an organised Practice before responding to a buyer or proactively seeking an acquisition, is key.

We shall tell you why and how.  

  1. M&A – mini market update winter 2021
    a. Reflections on 2021


  2. Succession planning 
    a. Why do we need to consider 
    a plan?b. It will take care of itself at the appropriate time!


  3. Succession options 
    a. What should a business be considering?
  4. Preparing your practice
    a. Maximise your outcome – or reduce the potential list of interested parties


  5. Case Studies 
  6. Deal Structures
    a. Process
    b. Documentation
    c. Addressing risk


  7. Valuation and current trends  
  8. Pressures from  
    a. Recruitment

    b. IT investment
    c. Change management 
  9. What next

CPD Course Facilitators

Jemma Fairclough-Haynes – Orchard Employment Law

Jemma began her career when she obtained a Bachelor of Laws in 2006. Jemma is the Founder and lead Employment Specialist of the business with and has represented companies of various sizes in employment tribunals across the UK since 2011.

She is also a public speaker, trainer and Business Radio co-host.

Brian Walker – The Bar of Ireland

Brian Walker is practicing barrister. He has nearly 45 years experience of company law and company secretarial practice, having previously worked with the accountancy firms of KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He has been CPD lecturer in company law to the main accountancy bodies for the past thirty years. His approach to company law is straightforward, direct and easily understood. He will focus on changes in company and commercial law and the most important issues that arise daily for accountants, auditors and company directors.

Jim Stafford – Friel Stafford

Jim qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987. He is one of Ireland’s leading Corporate Recovery and Insolvency specialists.

Whilst training, he obtained Insolvency experience on a number of assignments. Upon qualifying, he moved to New York and joined Spicer & Oppenheim. During his 2 years with Spicer & Oppenheim, he had experience with Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy procedures.

In 1989 he joined Cork Gully, the insolvency practice of Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) in London. He spent five years in London specialising in Corporate Recovery and Insolvency. He returned to Ireland in 1994 and established Friel Stafford.

He has had extensive practical experience of all types of industries, ranging from aerospace and mining to hotels, construction and IT.

He also has extensive experience of resolving shareholder disputes where he uses his expert knowledge of the Companies Acts, tax legislation and case law and his extensive negotiating expertise to formulate solutions.

He is an expert on corporate governance and regularly advises Boards on corporate governance issues. He has assisted a number of directors to successfully defend Restriction applications.

He drafted the complete syllabus for the Diploma in Insolvency course run by Chartered Accountants Ireland. He wrote and presents two of the six modules on the course. Jim was selected by the CAI to present the Module on Corporate Turnaround Strategies given his expertise in the area.

He is also engaged by Chartered Accountants Ireland as a lecturer for their CPD (Continuous Professional Development) in the areas of Corporate Recovery, Insolvency, Personal Bankruptcy and Credit Management. He is frequently asked to speak about specialist Corporate Recovery and Insolvency topics by other institutes and organisations such as the Irish Institute of Credit Management, EBS, Goodbody Stockbrokers, IBRC, Bank of Ireland, Investec and KBC Bank. Jim has contributed numerous technical articles on Corporate Recovery and Insolvency for the magazines of the three leading accountancy bodies in Ireland, and for the Sunday Business Post. He has also done a number of radio and television interviews on Corporate Recovery and Insolvency.

He has extensive experience of all areas of Litigation Support and Expert witness. He has worked with private clients, SMEs, national companies, multi-nationals, county councils and various Government and Regulatory agencies in defending and bringing proceedings.

Keith Underwood – Foulger Underwood Ltd

A Director of Foulger Underwood, Keith qualified with a central London firm and worked for KPMG in London before taking up senior strategic planning, financial/business development and Managing Director positions in the UK and Asia. Keith has been a non-executive Director of a public company, ran an international company with over 700 staff operating in ten countries and sat on the Board of a number of International network groups in the service sector.

His experience with Foulger Underwood includes instigating and managing many mergers and acquisitions in the professional service sector in UK and Europe. Alongside this, his Consultancy work specifically looks to implement change in business models in the consumer and professional service sectors, to improve market positioning and profitability. Very interested currently in service line consolidators and disruptors seeking to establish new business models in the professional service sector.

The focus for Foulger Underwood to date has been accounting, wealth management and Financial Services. In addition, we cover fiduciary, trust companies, fund administration, recovery and corporate service businesses.

Keith has presented on Strategy, Succession and M&A issues regularly for the ICAEW, Mercia, ACCA, UK200 and at a range of network/alliance seminars and conferences.