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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Tyne and Wear Sole Practitioners Lunch – June – QAD update

Join us for our monthly Tyne and Wear Sole Practitioners’ lunch to meet like minded ICAEW members.

Come along to a monthly lunch for sole practitioners or those working in 1-2 partner firms to meet members with similar situations to support and share best practice.

Our monthly event will commence with a light lunch followed by a speaker or discussion on a topical matter. This event is run by ICAEW members for ICAEW members.

Event information

For the first half of 2019 we have the following topics planned:

Session Speaker
6 February – Small Loan Fund Yvonne Gale, NEL Fund Managers
6 March – A Practical Tax Q&A Emma Glover
3 April – Cyber Security Jonny Green
1 May – Making Tax Digital General Discussion
5 June – QAD update Christine Lawrence, Quality Assurance Manager, ICAEW
3 July – Key issues accountancy firms have with their practice marketing & client communication and how to solve them Laurence Vogal
Rate Cost
ICAEW Member £12.50 + VAT
Session Description
12:30 Arrival
12:45 Lunch
13:15 Speaker/discussion
14:00 Close
About Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NorSCA) represents 4,000 ICAEW members and ACA students working in business and the finance profession across the North East of England, Teesside, northern Yorkshire and Cumbria.

We have been assisting businesses in the north of England and producing chartered accountants for over 130 years.


There are over 1.7m chartered accountants around the world – talented, ethical and committed professionals who use their expertise to ensure we have a successful and sustainable future.

Over 149,000 of these are ICAEW Chartered Accountants. We train, develop and support each one of them so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair.

We’ve been at the heart of the accountancy profession since we were founded in 1880 to ensure trust in business. We share our knowledge and insight with governments, regulators and business leaders worldwide as we believe accountancy is a force for positive economic change across the world.

ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) is a founder member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide and the Global Accounting Alliance.


The Compliant Practitioner

Everyone in an accountancy practice responsible for the firm’s compliance with professional standards.

You will gain confidence that you are keeping on top of your compliance obligations and will have the opportunity of asking questions of our expert and well informed speaker.

Course information

The course content will reflect changes in practice regulations, it will typically include:

Practice administration issues – drawing on feedback from the professional bodies:

o Practice communications
o Regulatory compliance – review of the implementation of The General Data Protection Regulations, and, the revised anti money laundering regulations
o Professional Indemnity Insurance
o Dealing with client money

Risk management and client service – looking at practical aspects of servicing clients while ensuring the firm is not exposed to unexpected risks:

o Topical engagement/ disengagement issues
o Topical reporting issues, including certificates and other confirmations
o Recent professional guidance on risk management

Practical problems and issues – a review of recent technical changes (last 2-3 years), providing a refresher on the key points and examining their impact in practice

Disciplinary cases – a review of cases which contain lessons for us all.

The course is a half day lecture. Delegates are encouraged to ask questions and share experiences for the benefits of others.

Rate Cost
Price £75.00 + VAT
Retired Member £37.50 + VAT
Career Break Member £37.50 + VAT


Redworth 2018 – General Practitioners’ Conference

Redworth Brochure 2018 Joining Instructions FINAL

The weekend is a great chance, not just to hear from our experts lectures but also to connect with them and other practitioners throughout the weekend. It’s also an excellent opportunity to achieve your CPD goals as some of the most knowledgeable in the profession bring you up-to-speed with the technical matters that matter.

As always, this year’s programme is packed with talks designed with small and medium-sized practices in mind, and many of the sessions have been scheduled in response to delegate feedback. You can be sure that they will meet your business and professional needs.

The weekend is not all about the lectures. There are lots of opportunities to connect with fellow practitioners (and our experts) during the informal evening events, or even over coffee between sessions.

General Practitioners’ Conference is open to all

Join us for the Tyne & Wear General Practitioners’ Conference 2018 at Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham.

Our conference is open to all general practitioners.  Whether you are a regular attendee or joining us for the first time, we look forward to seeing you in February 2018.

As usual our speakers will provide up to the minute lectures on the changes affecting the profession as well as tackling topics that are problematic to practitioners.

Our speakers are drawn from all areas – geographically as well as topically – and have a wealth of experience to share. We look forward to welcoming you to another excellent conference.

Topics include
  • Tax investigations
  • Accounts updates
  • How to help your residential landlords
  • Why you shouldn’t take things at face value
  • How to get more done in a day than your colleagues do in a week
  • Employment law
  • Tax updates
  • GDPR (Data Protection) 2018 regulations
  • Evolving client relationships
  • Rebecca by request

When you book you will only be charged for the conference element, the accommodation charges are paid to the hotel on departure. On booking please indicate if accommodation is required and we will book this for you at our preferential rates.

Accommodation charges payable to the hotel on departure. Prices quoted include VAT:

  • Single accommodation £228
  • Twin or double (per delegate) £148
  • Partner/spouse rate (per night) £ 44

Registration from 13:00.

Redworth Brochure 2018 Joining Instructions FINAL


Farming Conference

This full day conference has been designed to update you on hot topics for those that have farmers are their clients. Lunch and refreshments are included within the cost of the course.

Topics covered and programme for the day:

0900 Registration and refreshments

0930 Welcome & introductions

0930 Succession planning – Heather Wildman, Saviour Associates

1115 Refreshment break

1130 Agriculture and Income tax – some common pitfalls including the HMRC campaign on sideways loss relief – Bob Trunchion, MacIntyre Hudson

1300 Lunch

1400 IHT/CGT Planning – Bob Trunchion, MacIntyre Hudson

1500 Refreshment break

1515 Benefit of Benchmarking – Robert Craig, Dairy Farmer

1600 The state of the farming industry – Neil Wilson, HSBC

1645 Q&A

1700 Close


Fraud prevention and detection for accountants – a practical insight

This half day seminar is co-presented by Peter Herbert and Tim Holt, a police officer with 30 years’ experience of criminal and financial investigation work, latterly with the National Crime Agency (NCA). It will combine Tim’s vast experience of investigation work and Peter’s knowledge of exactly what accountants need to do to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations. There will be a big focus on real-life case studies.

The seminar will also reflect on the challenges faced by firms when auditing pension schemes and how they can successfully comply with the Clarity ISAs, whilst still maximising audit efficiency. In addition, we will update delegates on all recent regulatory changes and Pensions Regulator pronouncements which their clients will need to be aware of.

Content will include:

  • the meaning of fraud and its implications for business,
  • different types of fraud that affect accountants and their clients and how to stop them happening,
  • an insight into recent NCA cases and what accountants can learn from them,
  • practical guidance on essential anti-fraud controls needed in owner-managed businesses and charities,
  • cybercrime – what it is and how to address the warning signs,
  • the link to audit – what auditors should actually be doing to comply with ISA 240,
  • accountants’ obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations and where they go wrong and
  • the 4th Money Laundering Directive – what it is and how it will affect business practices.

After attending this seminar you will:

  • understand why fraud arises in private companies and what advice to give clients so that they can prevent and detect it;
  • know exactly what accountants need to do to ensure that they comply with their legal obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations and Proceeds of Crime Act; and
  • appreciate how auditors should assess fraud risk in practice – and respond to it in an appropriate way.


Accounting for, and auditing of pension schemes – an update

The implementation of FRS 102 and the related pension scheme SORP from accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2015 has been challenging for pension schemes. This update will cover the key areas of change in respect of accounting and disclosure and how they have been tackled in practice.

The seminar will also reflect on the challenges faced by firms when auditing pension schemes and how they can successfully comply with the Clarity ISAs, whilst still maximising audit efficiency. In addition, we will update delegates on all recent regulatory changes and Pensions Regulator pronouncements which their clients will need to be aware of.

Course content will include:

  • New UK GAAP – key changes for pension schemes and how these have been addressed
  • Drafting revised disclosure notes – what went right; what went wrong
  • Accounting and audit rules for small pension schemes – the need for an audit and for compliance with the SORP
  • 10 top tips for an efficient pension scheme audit
  • Reliance on service organisations when auditing pension schemes – key tips and traps
  • Reporting on contributions – what goes wrong and when to qualify the audit report
  • The Pensions Regulator – recent Codes of Practice and other topical issues


Accounts update

This course is designed as an update and refresher on the developments in financial reporting. The course will look at developments that affect micro, small & medium sized companies. The course has full coverage of FRS 102, FRS 102 for small companies and FRS 105.

Content will include:

  • Implementation issues with FRS 102
  • FRS 102 and the changes for 2015/16 for small clients including model accounts
  • Micro company accounts & FRS 105 – how they will really help your practice
  • Common accounting problems for small companies
  • Transitional problems to watch out for
  • Other changes to company law


Accounts & audit update

This seminar will update delegates on recent developments relating to auditing and financial accounting assignments and to highlight the practical implications, with particular reference to the early practical experience from implementing the updated FRC Ethical and Auditing Standards 2016 which are effective for periods commencing on or after 17 June 2016.

Content will include

In order to ensure the continued relevance of the course, the detailed content will be determined nearer the date of delivery, but will include:

• Accounting Update – to include changes to company law, the micros and small company accounting regimes, topical issues following the issue of updated accounting standards
• Audit and Assurance Update – to include developments in audit and ethical standards, assurance reports and related issues, including audit issues new UK GAAP
• Practice regulatory and compliance matters
• Topical and practical accounting and audit issues

This seminar is for qualified accountants in practice who need an overview of recent developments to help them identify issues relevant to their clients and firms and unqualified seniors responsible for preparing and auditing financial statements prepared under UK GAAP.

We will not review changes in IFRS except in overview.


Making Tax digital for businesses

This session will bring you up to date with progress on Making Tax Digital, including any relevant legislation in Finance Act 2017, and the measures taken by HMRC to provide access to agents.

It is intended to give you confidence in tackling the detail of the making tax digital requirements and adapting the services you provide to your clients.

Content will include:

  • Making Tax Digital – the law: Content of Finance Bill 2017 affecting this area
  • The timetable – the various channels for MTD and who will join each of them at what point
  • Exemptions and special provisions for certain businesses
  • Quarterly updates and the annual declaration – what is involved?
  • Access for agents – how will this work?
  • Re-engineering your practice – what will your services look like?


Employment Taxes – a must not miss update!

2017 sees the end of the first year operating the new employee expenses regime, and further changes afoot, including Apprenticeship Levy for some employers. It will also be an opportunity to start payrolling benefits for clients and reducing the annual P11D workload.

This course will update you on all of the changes for the new tax year, and look in detail at the changes in the expenses rules. Other practical planning and compliance points will be covered as they arise.

Content will include:

  • Basic changes – PAYE and NIC thresholds; changes affecting the basic operation of PAYE and NIC; Scottish tax devolution
  • Reminder : NIC for apprentices and other young workers
  • Apprenticeship levy : quick outline; where to find out more
  • Employment allowance for very small companies; what should director’s salary be?
  • Living wage and minimum wage update.
  • Auto enrolment issues coming up
  • Travel and subsistence expenses – dealing with the first year end; changes to the travelling expense rules; compliance points to watch
  • IR35 changes from April 2017 – is it the end of IR35?
  • Changes to taxation of benefits in kind in the last 12 months; future changes that have been announced.
  • Payrolling benefits – time to start? What are the issues?



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