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12 JAN 2012

KPMG 'Thought Leadership' event on Bankruptcy and Winding Up Petition Reform - last night's panel session

The inaugural KPMG 'Thought Leadership' panel session took place last night at St Brides, Salisbury Square, London. The panel was made up of:

(1) Mr Nick Howard, Director of Policy, Insolvency Service (BIS)

(2) Dr Stephen Baister, Chief Bankruptcy Registrar, Royal Courts of Justice

(3) Mr Peter Tutton, Citizens' Advice Bureau

(4) Mr David Standish, KPMG LLP

(5) Dr Hamish Anderson, Norton Rose LLP

(6) Mr Stephen Hunt, Griffins Insolvency Practitioners

(7) Mr Brian Havercroft, Civil Court Users Association.

The event was well attended with a mix of civil servants, practitioners (accountants and lawyers), academics (including Professors Rajak and Symes), as well as debt charity representatives. The evening took the shape of a 'Question Time' panel session with a bit of Oxford Union voting thrown in for good measure.

There was some constructive debate around the issues, most notably on the role of the proposed adjudicator, the pre-action process and the effect of the proposals on various stakeholders. KPMG's Sue Morgan made a careful note on the discussions. This document will be posted on the blog over the next day or so together with a transcribed recording which was made. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the panel members and the audience members for their questions and for attending. The second KPMG 'Thought Leadership' event will take place later this year. Details to follow! 

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