Ellisons Solicitors is this week (18-22 October) attending an international conference in London focused on subjects critical to winning, servicing and retaining clients with multi-market business interests. Alliott Group’s Worldwide Conference will be attended by 150 leading professional advisers from 76 independent, owner managed firms located in 36 countries.
Guy Longhurst, Senior Partner and Tim Logan, Managing Partner, will be attending the conference from Ellisons.
Hosted by Alliott Group, an award-winning international alliance of independent, mid-market accounting and law firms, the conference provides attendees from local firms all over the world with access to knowledge and professional contacts that enable them to service more efficiently commercial and private clients who need assistance in multiple geographic markets.
During the four day conference, speakers will include representatives from the Bank of England, the Department for International Trade, the Confederation of British Industry, Meridian West and Farnham Castle Intercultural Training.
The programme will equip attendees from Ellisons, as well as the managing and senior partners from other Alliott Group member firms, with not only the required technical and professional skills to serve clients across borders, but to also the development of a ‘global mindset’ that will ensure successful communications across cultures when entering foreign markets. Attendees will also gain a better understanding of what clients really want from their professional advisers.
Representatives from Ellisons will also attend meetings of the alliance’s specialist technical groups that will host roundtable discussions on topics such as the impact on internationally focused SMEs of recent international tax developments, particularly national implementations of proposals in the OECD/G20 Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (BEPS) project that is targeting tax avoidance and that have a bearing on permanent establishment risks and transfer pricing strategies.
The conference will also see alliance Chairman John Kleopas (Kleopas Alliott, Greece) hand over the reins to new Chairman Ken Miles (NSBN LLP, Los Angeles) after serving a four year term that has culminated in the alliance recently winning the 2016 Rising Star Association of the Year award from The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin (Timetric).
James Hickey, Alliott Group’s CEO comments: “This year’s Worldwide Conference is our largest to date in terms of the number of attendees. It is the marquee event of our Business Advantage Program that includes events at the national, regional and international levels, as well as training and education programs that are designed to support growing local professional services firms that want to reach the next level of their development but remain fully independent.”