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IPA annual conference: 50 years on

The Insolvency Practitioners’ Association (IPA) has unveiled 14 April as the date for its annual conference – a day marking the professional body’s 50th anniversary......

The IPA will hold the event at One Great George Street, London, on the exact date that its previous incarnation – "the discussion group of accountants who specialise in insolvency" – held its first meeting 50 years ago.

The entire structure of how the insolvency profession is regulated in future will be high on the agenda. Panellists will debate the eagerly awaited response from the Insolvency Service to last year’s market report from the Office of Fair Trading and its recommendations.

Another key topic will be the proposals, yet to be published, from the Insolvency Service forthe ongoing use of pre-pack administrations.

The IPA believe these two documents could represent the start of the biggest shake up of insolvency regulation for 25 years.  

IPA president Carl Faulds said: “In this, the 50th year of the IPA, the challenges that face the profession and the regulators are significant and the conference will be a celebration of all that we have accomplished, as well as examining the issues that we as an industry must address.“

He added: “We have achieved a great deal in our relatively short history but we still have a great deal more to do to help to shape the regulations that govern our industry. I look forward to seeing many of our members at what promises to be an interesting day.”

The potential effects of the Bribery Act on corporate hospitality in the sector will also be on the agenda.

The conference will incorporate the IPA’s AGM and a full list of speakers will be announced in due course.

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