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Led by high profile speakers who work day-to-day in their specialist fields, this fast-paced morning focuses on providing technical detail, as well as professional and commercial insights on a number of key issues impacting accountants in Northern Ireland.

Tom Penman (Bakertilly MM) specialises in complex tax planning, structuring groups of companies, international tax including transfer pricing, enquiries, providing tax efficient succession and inheritance tax planning and deal with all aspects of income tax, corporation tax and capital gains tax.Tom is very experienced in handling all types of HMRC enquiries including representing clients at Tax Tribunal and was previously an officer in charge at a large Scottish tax office and regularly lecture on tax as well as writes professional articles and carry out bespoke tax training

Shirley Blair (A&L Goodbody) is a senior employment lawyer with substantial client advisory and litigation experience. She specialises in advising on defending complex Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunal claims, High Court claims (with restrictive covenant advice being a recognised specialism) and SENDIST Tribunal matters. She regularly advises on redundancy restructuring and the management / dismissal of senior executives. Shirley is a qualified Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience. She is the NI Contributory author of the book Professional Secrecy of Lawyers in Europe. Shirley is the NICC representative on the NI Employment Roundtable, a confederation of the NICC, IoD, FSB and NI Unions. She is also the NI representative for ELA, the Employment Lawyers’ Association.

James McSporran (McSporran Consulting) has been in training and development for almost 15 years. A vibrant coach and facilitator, his speciality lies in understanding behaviours and relationships ofIndividuals and teams. His reputation for a relational style allows him to help clients explore issues while intelligently offering them challenge, provocation, and an alternative view point. Ultimately, James encourages his clients into accessing resources and mindsets that had been previously been unavailable to them, resulting in more useful behaviours, better relationships and higher performance.

Vivek Mahon – Vivek is an international trainer specialising in financial reporting (IFRS, US an UK GAAP). His unique style brings technical accounting to life focusing not just on what the standard may say but looking at it commercial and operational impact on all organisations. Vivek has led financial reporting training sessions for large multinational listed organisations, Practice firms, Charities and Public Sector Bodies around the world.

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Sustainability Conference

The inaugural Chartered Accountants Ireland Sustainability Conference will advise members on how to help their organisations, clients and society to meet sustainability goals. With keynote addresses from Eamon Ryan, TD, Minister for Transport and Environment, Climate and Communications, and Nichola Mallon, MLA, Minister for Infrastructure, this conference will concentrate on key environment, social and governance (‘ESG’) issues facing accountants.

CPD: Check out our online learning options including, the webinar series and virtual classrooms. Remember, training tickets are the most cost-effective and flexible way to purchase CPD for you or your team.