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Webinar: Insolvency, administration and registered societies


Start date / time
Thursday 22 April 2021, 2:00pm
End date / time
Thursday 22 April 2021, 3:30pm
Online via Zoom
More information
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Organised by
Co-operatives UK
Event type
Webinar – insolvency

Join Co‑operatives UK and Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) for this webinar on Thursday 22 April from 2-3.30pm.

About the webinar

The law on insolvency and administration affects co-operatives and community benefit societies.

This webinar will look at the law on insolvency and administration, in particular the legal differences to company law, and some of the key issues that arise in dealing with member or community led organisations.

The content is designed to help insolvency practitioners and accountants working with registered societies be aware of those key differences and to “spot” issues before they arise.


  • This webinar will take place online for 1.5 hours
  • Presentations will be delivered followed by Q&A
  • The webinar will be recorded and shared afterwards with anyone that registers

How much does it cost?

  • This webinar is FREE.

What attendees will learn

This webinar will help to improve your knowledge on the society model so that in future if societies are in the insolvency process practitioners will understand the differences between societies and companies.

Who should attend?

This webinar is suitable for:

  • Insolvency practitioners
  • Those involved in the insolvency and administration process


2.00pm - Welcome and introduction: David Alcock, Anthony Collins Solicitors and Emma Laycock, Co-operatives UK

2.05pm Registered societies generally – the legal framework: David Alcock, Anthony Collins Solicitors

2.20pmRegistered societies and insolvency law – how the position is different from companies: Ian Snaith, Anthony Collins Solicitors

2.40pmSocieties and administration – the experience so far: Bob Thust, Practical Governance

2.50pm - The impact of society insolvency: Isla McCulloch, Co-operatives UK

3.00pm - Facilitated discussion

3.30pm - Close

About the speakers

David Alcock, is head of Social Business at ACS, and has overall responsibility for the firm’s work with co-ops and community benefit societies;

Ian Snaith, is a consultant with ACS and the overall editor of the “Handbook of Co-operative and Community Benefit Society Law”, and has contributed to the discussions and drafting of regulations around societies and insolvency law.

Bob Thust, is Co-Founder of Practical Governance a partnership working with businesses, foundations, charities, social entrepreneurs and local community groups to find ways to organise that unleash their social impact rather than constrain it.

Emma Laycock, is Head of Co-operative Advice at Co-ops UK and has been advising co-operatives and mutuals of all sizes on all aspects of governance for over 20 years.

Isla McCulloch, is a Programme Manager at Co-ops UK and manages our community shares standards work.

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