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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Practical Tax Conference

Date: 5 October 2018 10:00 for 10:45 - 6 October 2018

Type: Course, Tax

Organiser: ICAEW, NorSCA

The residential Tax Conference that covers the topics that matter to you, your practice and your clients. From making tax digital to Brexit and VAT – and a host of key tax topics in between – this increasingly popular event helps you keep on top of all things tax.

Event information

Join some of the UK’s most respected tax experts, industry professionals and other in-demand speakers to explore the latest on the tax developments, issues and changes that matter most to practitioners.

The packed programme has been designed to meet the real world needs of busy tax professionals – many of the subjects and sessions are based on delegate feedback, ensuring that they cover the areas that really matter to you and your business.

This ever-popular event not only gives you the chance to hear from some of the best speakers on the circuit, but also gives you the opportunity to explore the issues with them via panel sessions and during more informal networking breaks.

This year’s panel is – as always – a mix of new speakers and requested regulars, all handpicked to complement each other’s expertise and give you the essential updates on the issues that count.

The event is always well received; here’s what some of last year’s delegates said:

  • ‘Really excellent, great chance to catch up with other practitioners and the sessions are great as they are targeted at our real world issues’
  • ‘I look forward to this event. I appreciate the informality and easy mix with the speakers. It’s learning, erudite and fun’
  • ‘Really useful, where else can you get a panel of such experts to discuss informally?’
  • ‘Loads of technical detail in a really good format’
    • “Really practical!”

Social media
Keep up with all the latest updates and news on the event via the Twitter hash tag #ICAEWPracticalTax (and don’t forget you can also use the hash tag to share your thoughts, photos and ideas ahead of, during and after this year’s event)

For the latest discussion on Tax follow the ICAEW Tax Faculty: @ICAEW_Tax

Residential conference rates include the full programme of conference lectures, refreshments during scheduled breaks, lunch on Friday and Saturday, plus dinner on Friday night.

Non-residential rates include the full programme of conference lectures, refreshments during scheduled breaks and lunch on Friday and/or Saturday.

CABA will fund places for unemployed ICAEW members to attend this conference. Please contact Alison Tait for more information if you’re interested in this this option.

The cost of your room(s) will be charged in addition to your conference fees and must be paid directly to the hotel on departure. Book your accommodation now to ensure that you secure the special conference rates (only available until 6 September – see above)

We have arranged a dinner, bed and breakfast rate (DB&B) per room per night (prpn)

DB&B Single £110 prpn
DB&B Twin / double £145 prpn

When booking for the conference please tick the type of room you require so we can match our records with the hotel booking sheet.

Early bird price ends 5 July
Accommodation price end 6 Sept
Online booking closes 28 Sept

Partners’ accommodation
If you wish to bring your spouse/partner please book double accommodation and tick the “Partner” box on the booking form.

Partners’ lunch
Partners are welcome to join us for lunch at a rate of £15.00 (£12.50 net) – please tick the “Partners’ lunch” for each day(s) they are required.

Canine companions are welcome too!
As always, we’re delighted to welcome our four legged friends – dogs can be accommodated at the hotel for an additional charge of £20 per dog. Please email Alison directly to arrange this, as we have a special agreement with the venue to allow non-assistance dogs to stay in the hotel especially for this event.

Delegates may extend their weekend to include accommodation on Thursday and/or Saturday evening (£110 single DBB or £145 DBB – if booked prior to 6 Sept). Please book directly with the hotel

* Twin rates are only available where booking is for multiples of two delegates.

** Partner rate is for a spouse/partner to join the delegate (and attend certain meals etc. as specified) but not to attend the conference.


Day Delegate – Friday £129.99 + VAT
Day Delegate – Friday (earlybird rate, please book by 05 July 2018) £109.99 + VAT
Day Delegate – Saturday £129.99 + VAT
Day Delegate – Saturday (earlybird rate, please book by 05 July 2018) £109.99 + VAT
Non-residential weekend delegate £259.98 + VAT
Non-residential weekend delegate (earlybird rate, please book by 05 July 2018) £219.98 + VAT
Residential weekend delegate  £239.99 + VAT
Residential weekend delegate (earlybird rate, please book by 05 July 2018) £199.99 + vat
ICAEW unemployed members (CABA Funded) £0.00
Partner lunch (Friday) £12.50 + VAT
Partner lunch (Saturday) £12.50 + VAT

*CABA will fund places for unemployed ICAEW members to attend this conference. Please contact Alison Tait for more information if you’re interested in this option.


Carl Bayley, ICAEW Tax Faculty
Carl Bayley is the author of a series of tax guides designed specifically for the layman and the non-specialist professional. Carl’s particular speciality is his ability to take the weird, complex and inexplicable world of taxation and set it out in the kind of clear, straightforward language that taxpayers themselves can understand. As he often says himself, “my job is to translate ‘tax’ into English”.

Rebecca Benneyworth MBE, ICAEW Tax Faculty
Rebecca trained in London with Kidsons and on qualifying spent some time as chief accountant of a manufacturing company. She now has her own small practice in Gloucestershire with a client list that comprises owner managed businesses and small companies. She lectures extensively for a range of professional bodies, accountancy firms, commercial organisations and HM Revenue and Customs.

Ray McCann, CIOT President 2018-2019
Ray McCann is a partner in the London law firm New Quadrant partners and is a former HMRC Inspector. Ray is a member of the Joint Professional Standards Committee and was Chairman of the Committee between 2013 and 2015. Ray acts for both private wealth and corporate tax clients mainly in relation to disputes with HMRC. Ray also assists Tax Help and regularly speaks at conferences and other events. Ray is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians and the Chartered Management Institute.

Maria McConnell, VAT Director, French Duncan
Maria started her career in HMRC some 20 years ago in the Thames Valley, where she was involved in both VAT and Excise and Inland Customs. From there, she returned to Scotland to join a Big Four practice, specialising in VAT before spending a number of years with PKF and BDO, before joining French Duncan in 2015.
Having spent two decades working in VAT, Maria has a gained extensive experience in dealing with HMRC and assisting clients to understand and manage how VAT applies to their business.
With experience in dealing with businesses across all sectors, Maria has been widely involved in the charity and not for profit sector, manufacturing, leisure industries, international businesses and, more recently, the renewable energy sector. Advice provided to clients includes issues such as: partial exemption; business/non-business calculations; land and property advice; place of supply advice and general business VAT planning as well as the provision of in-depth VAT reviews and bespoke VAT training courses.
Maria adopts a down to earth approach to VAT as it affects her clients, keeping them informed on relevant issues and events of interest.

Pete Miller, CTA (Fellow), Partner, The Miller Partnership
Pete formed The Miller Partnership in April 2011 to offer expert advice to other advisers on all business and corporate tax issues. Pete’s specialist areas include the transactions in securities rules, reorganisations, reconstructions, distributions, partnerships, Patent Box, HMRC clearances, disguised remuneration and the taxation of intangible assets.
Pete has worked in tax for 30 years, including nearly 10 years as an Inspector of Taxes, working in Birmingham and London with roles in both Policy and Technical Divisions, where he was the Inland Revenue’s expert on all matters relating to the distributions legislation. He then worked for 11 years in ‘Big 4’ firms.
Pete speaks and writes regularly on tax issues.. He is General Editor of Whiteman and Sherry on Capital Gains Tax and on Income Tax, a member of the Editorial Boards of Taxation, The Tax Journal and Simon’s Taxes and a Consulting Editor to TolleyGuidance. He is lead author of Taxation of Company Reorganisations (5th edition, Bloomsbury Professional, November 2016), co-author of CCH’s book on Taxation of Partnerships and author of Tax Digests on Transactions in Securities, Changes to Partnership Taxation, Disguised Remuneration, the Substantial Shareholdings Exemption and the Patent Box.

Peter Rayney, Peter Rayney Tax Consulting Ltd
Peter practises as an independent tax consultant through his own practice, advising owner-managed companies, accountants, lawyers and tax practitioners on a wide range of tax issues. He specialises in company sales/acquisitions, reconstructions, succession planning and all aspects of owner managed business taxation.
He is always in demand as a tax lecturer and regularly contributes tax articles to the professional press. Peter is also an author of various books and journals including The Practical Corporate Tax Manual (iCroner) and the very popular Tax Planning for Family and Owner Managed Companies (Bloomsbury Professional).
Peter is Vice President of the Chartered Institute Of Taxation and chairman of the ICAEW Tax ‘s Technical Committee

Kate Upcraft
Kate Upcraft AMBCS mGPA is a regular conference speaker, lecturer and writer on legislative issues, including tax and National Insurance, benefits and the whole range of employer compliance responsibilities. She undertakes consultancy work with employers and payroll agents assisting them with topics such as payroll health checks, RTI and auto-enrolment, systems selection and departmental re-engineering. She is vice Chair of the ICAEW Employment Taxes and NI committee and Chair of the pan-professional Reward and Employment Engagement Forum
Prior to setting up her own company in 2005, she was the Payroll Legislation Manager at M&S, for whom she worked for 20 years, eleven of them in payroll.

Ray McCann CTA (Fellow), ATT
Ray McCann is the current President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and a Partner in Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP the international law firm based in London and New York. Ray was formerly a senior HMRC Inspector where he held various roles during a thirty year career including SCO, SIS the AAG, the Large Business Service and Revenue Policy. In 2004 Ray oversaw the introduction of the UK’s ‘DOTAS’ rules and prior to that had set up the Business Tax Clearance Team and the Avoidance Intelligence Unit.
On leaving HMRC in 2006, Ray joined the Big 4 firm PwC as part of the banking and capital markets team and led the tax dispute resolution team for financial services. Ray has specialised in high value HMRC disputes and investigations and regularly writes for the tax press and appears on television and radio.
Ray is a member and past Chairman of the CIOT/ATT joint Professional Standards Committee. He has also acted as an adviser for Tax Help a charity that helps those on low incomes obtain assistance with tax matters.


This is the first time that the Conference has been held in Fife – and where better than a hotel with stunning views of the iconic Forth Bridges?

The venue is easily reached by road and rail, and boasts a gym, plus restaurants and bars with stunning views across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh. There are some great walks along the Fife coast nearby, and Edinburgh is less than an hour away, should you wish to spend time in the Capital.

If you wish to extend your stay, you and your guests can enjoy a special discounted rate on the Thursday and/or Saturday night(s). These exclusive rates are only guaranteed until 6 September; so early booking is essential if you wish to take advantage of this offer.

Please be aware that any accommodation booked after that date will be subject to availability and be charged at the best available rates at that time, so may be significantly more expensive, depending on demand.

Book your accommodation direct with the hotel using the unique login portal

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Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh - Queensferry Crossing

DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh,
Queensferry Crossing,
St Margaret's Head,
North Queensferry
KY11 1HP

Tel No: 01383 410000

How to book

The easiest way to book is online by clicking the button to Book Online at icaew.com – you will be able to log into your account at icaew.com and pay with your debit or credit card.

You can also telephone the ICAEW central events booking team on 01908 248159 and pay over the phone.

Alternatively you can download a booking form or book by email.