Restructuring and Insolvency Conference 2019

Pinsent Masons’ Restructuring and Insolvency Conference is the largest in Europe with over 450 restructuring professionals in attendance.

Our programme features the most comprehensive legal update offered at any conference this year, a session on how the real estate market might recover from its present doldrums and an expert stakeholder panel discussing whether the position of the director is safer or more risky than ever. In the afternoon, HSBC’s Chief Economist Mark Berrisford-Smith reviews the present condition of the UK and world economy, followed by a choice of sessions for those working in corporate or personal insolvency. Following afternoon tea, we look at the impact of GDPR 18 months on and explain why restructuring professionals unwittingly run the risk of significant personal liability. Finally, in our practice management session, Selwyn Blyth and his team of actors explain the issue of unconscious bias. Full details of the programme appear below, together with everything else you need to know about one of the best attended restructuring conferences in the world. 


Event date

The Brewery, London - £360 +VAT


Who should attend?

  • Insolvency practitioners
  • Restructuring professionals
  • Bankers

Attendance at the conference will qualify for over 6.5 hours of structured CPD/CPE. The conference is not open to individuals from other UK law firms.



Conference programme

8:30 AM

Reception opens

Light breakfast served

9:30 AM


Session chair: Amy Flavell, Partner, Restructuring Group

9:45 AM

High Noon for the High Street

Carl Scott, Legal Director, Property Group

With the High Street in turmoil, we examine ways to help the restructuring professional extract value. Carl will detail the decline and change in need for space, market intelligence on the impact on property funding and valuation models, a shift in investor identity and attitude and the increase in flexible space and lease terms. He will also examine existing and future legislative and planning policies promoting change and regeneration, whether there is the political will to assist and national and local initiatives.

10:30 AM

Legal Update Part 1

Hilary Stonefrost, Barrister, South Square and Ross Cooper, Associate, Restructuring Group

Our most popular slot is our 90 minute legal update bringing you the latest cases, focusing on those most important to the profession. This year, we welcome Hilary Stonefrost as a guest speaker, joined by Ross Cooper from Pinsent Masons’ Restructuring Group. This is your chance to hear their succinct views on the cases of greatest relevance this year.

11:00 AM

Morning coffee and refreshments

11:30 AM

Legal Update Part 2

Hilary Stonefrost, Barrister, South Square and Manpreet Khehra, Solicitor, Restructuring Group. Hilary Stonefrost is joined by Manpreet Khehra of Pinsent Masons’ Restructuring Group to conclude this ever popular session.

12:15 AM

Panel Session: Directors - still in the firing line?

Chair: Andrew Robertson, Senior Associate, Restructuring Group

Panellists: Raquel Agnello QC, Barrister, Erskine Chambers; Paul Boyle, Government adviser and former chair of the Financial Reporting Council; Steven Cookin, Chief Executive Manolete PLC; Malcolm Weir, Director of Restructuring and Insolvency, Pension Protection Fund. 

There has been much press comment about personal liability for directors’ stewardship of insolvent businesses. But what is the reality? Is now more hazardous for those who serve as directors, or have they never had it so good? Our panel - with strident views on the subject - will discuss.

1:00 PM


2:25 PM

Conference resumes

Session chair: Dawn Allen, Partner, Restructuring Group

2:30 PM

Economic Update

Mark Berrisford-Smith, Head of Economics, HSBC Bank plc
One of our most awaited sessions is our annual economic review, presented this year by Mark Berrisford‑Smith. The UK is going through the most turbulent period in politics since the Second World War. What impact has this - and the global economic climate - on the fortunes of UK PLC in 2020 and beyond?

3:10 PM

Choice of sessions

Personal Insolvency Legal Update

Sebastian Jensen, Solicitor, Restructuring
Group and Sarah Jennings, Associate Restructuring Group
For those of you who work in personal insolvency, this is your go-to session. Focused entirely on the sector, we tell you about the latest developments within it.

Corporate Hot Topics

Daniella Thompson, Associate, Restructuring
Group and David Crossan, Associate, Dispute Resolution Group
We look at the most important issues facing the corporate restructuring sector this Autumn. Will it still be Brexit? What other issues do we need to confront? Our speakers will ensure that you are fully updated.

3:45 PM

Afternoon tea and refreshments

4:05 PM

GDPR - 18 months on

Rif Kapadi, Senior Associate, Risk Advisory Services and James Hillman, Associate, Restructuring Group
So much fuss was made following the introduction of GDPR - but what has happened in practice. Are you sure you are practice compliant? Can you ignore a Subject Access Request?

4:45 PM

Unconscious Bias

Selwyn Blyth and his team
There is an ever greater focus on fairness in employment law. What does this mean in practice? Selwyn’s team of actors ask difficult questions - with fascinating answers.

5:30 PM

Informal free drinks reception for all delegates at The Grubstreet Author, below The Brewery

7:00 PM

Free reception ends and close of conference


Is there accommodation nearby?

The Brewery is close to a number of hotels of all standards. There is now a five star hotel on site, the Montcalm.

Montcalm Royal London House
22-25 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1DX, United Kingdom
+44 (0) 20 3873 4000

The Montcalm at the Brewery
Telephone + 44 (0) 20 7479 2233

Apex London Wall Hotel
7-9 Copthall Avenue London ECZR 7NJ
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7562 3030

London City Holiday Inn Express
275 Old Street EC1V 9LN
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7300 4300

Thistle City Barbican
120 Central Street London EC1V 8DS
Telephone +44 (0) 871 376 9004

Charterhouse Square London EC1M 6AH
Telephone +44 (0) 844 6930 656


I need a special meal – what do I do?

Please email [email protected] or call the conference office on +44 (0) 20 7054 2648. Please note that an extra charge may be levied for certain special meals if we are required to purchase these separately.


Will I get copies of the speakers' PowerPoint presentations?

Yes, they will be available to delegates to download from the post conference website after the event. You will also be given a comprehensive delegate pack on the day.

I have booked and now cannot attend – what do I do?

Cancellation policy

You may substitute another person in your place at any time (including on the conference day) free of charge.

If we receive notice of cancellation after your place has been confirmed, we will refund your payment less a £30 (+ VAT) administration charge provided notice of cancellation is received by us 14 days before the conference.  

Cancellations received in the 14 day period before the conference will not be refunded as numbers will have been confirmed with the Brewery. You will still be entitled to the complete conference pack provided full payment has been received.

What does the price include?

On arrival delegates will receive a comprehensive conference pack as a work of reference for the day in a specially made Pinsent Masons conference folder. 

Our seminar programme enables you to choose eight from nine incisive updates delivered by our speakers, keeping you up to date with the latest legal developments and a detailed outlook on the industry as a whole. 

The Pinsent Masons Restructuring and Insolvency Conference has the best food and beverage package of any UK restructuring conference, including a light breakfast on arrival, morning coffee, a four course silver service lunch with wine, afternoon tea and an informal free drinks reception at All Bar One on Finsbury Pavement between 5.30 pm and 7.00 pm

I can’t attend- can I purchase a copy of the seminar notes?

Our comprehensive seminar pack contains full detailed notes for all our sessions save the Pensions Roundtable and Economic Update. In addition, delegates will also have access to the PowerPoint slide deck after the conference. Even if you can’t attend, you can purchase both for £120 plus VAT. Contact the conference office to obtain your copy.

Event location

The Brewery
Chiswell Street

The Brewery is very conveniently located in the heart of the City of London. Nearest underground stations are Barbican and Moorgate, whilst Liverpool Street station is about 10 minutes' walk away.

With an enhanced food and drink service, including a light breakfast, full four course meal with wine, morning and afternoon refreshments, the Brewery offers a conference experience second to none.

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