I have said 'fraud' but one thing I learnt on Friday is we're better off using the term 'reckless'. I'll leave it to the video to explain that in more detail but it was, I think, a small gem of information from one of the speakers!
Many thanks to: Anthony Maton (Hausfeld), Abhishek Sachdev (Vendanta Hedging and also an adviser/member of SME Alliance), Michael Lent (Annecto Legal), Karen Edwards (Menzies Forensic Services), Francis Coulson and Simon Duncan (Moonbeaver) and Simon Stafford-Michaels (1 Pump Court).
Thanks also to Jon Welsby for organising this event and James Glanville and others for their help. I'll stop thanking people now before this gets like an awards ceremony! But it was a brilliant event and not least because of all the new faces there and new friends SME Alliance made.
One last point – unfortunately I got to the event very late due to a terrible accident on the M11 which closed the motorway for a couple of hours. So Sophie, Laura and I weren't there in time to do the registration and collect the £10 from those paying on the day. I know this caused some confusion and some people simply couldn't find anyone to accept their money!! We did manage to accept some money at the end of the seminar but it was a bit chaotic and I think some people just gave up. We're very sorry for an inconvenience and if anyone would like to pay in retrospect or, if any of the people who mentioned sponsoring us would like to follow up on this, please e-mail us on email@example.com and we'll send payment details.
A newsletter will be going to all members by the end of the week with other news and updates on our collaboration with BIS, FCA, NEF and the huge progress we're making on FOS+.
Finally, an incredibly good piece of news – one of our members was due to be evicted at 12.00pm today. Of all the eviction cases we've seen over the last few years and even although this one was blatantly wrong, it really was touch and go. Anyway, some of the SME Alliance adviser team has been helping and I've had my fingers crossed all day that an emergency court hearing would produce a just and positive result. I had a call at about 4.00pm today to say the eviction has been suspended! Yehhhhh!! It's small victories like this that make me so glad we formed SME Alliance! I would also add that, yet again, the conduct of Lloyds Banking Group has been very, very disappointing. Not to mention the ongoing and appalling conduct of some LPA Receivers – this needs serious attention.