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BDO Professional Services Events for Firm Leaders

At BDO, our sector-specific approach ensures our professional services clients benefit from the specialist expertise and diverse skills of people who understand the professional services market and industry. As a large team of sector experts, we are committed to sharing the latest in innovation, technical updates and other issues of concern through digital communications, thought-leadership and hosting topical events.

Throughout the year, we host a series of networking events and dinners for Managing Partners & CEO’s, CFO’s & FD’s, Heads of Tax and Non-Executive Directors of professional services firms, to give industry leaders an opportunity to connect and to share their knowledge, experiences and best practice. The events vary in format and provide a forum to discuss topical market issues and challenges.

If you are a firm leader, board member or senior finance/ tax professional of a professional services firm and you are interested in subscribing to our email updates or attending events, please get in touch.

Professional Services Tax Webinar Series

We host an annual programme of tax webinars to bring you the latest in tax developments relevant for professional services firms. Chaired by Anna Jarrold, Head of Professional Services Tax, each webinar focuses on a specific area of tax, and topics range from international tax issues such as Transfer Pricing and BEPS to employment tax updates and local tax compliance. We also provide tax updates from specific country territories where a number of professional services firms operate.

View our tax webinar programme

Our virtual event programme: Rethinking the industry’s future

We are hosting a series of online events to bring together c-suite executives of professional services firms to discuss experiences in responding to COVID-19. The aim is to share and discuss the ways law firms, recruitment businesses, property advisory firms and consultancies are reacting and adapting to the current situation, and to rethink our previous ways of working to create a sustainable industry for the future. 

Our previous events

Session 4: The Economy – A new fiscal environment and way of working?

16 July 2020

In this virtual event, we explored impact of the Economy on the Professional Services industry. Our guest speakers Chris Hare, Economist at HSBC Global Marking and Markets and Peter Hemington, Corporate Finance Partner & National Head of M&A at BDO, discussed the state of the UK and global economies and prospects post the health crisis.

The global economy is showing signs of recovery and some industries in overseas markets have returned to pre-COVID-19 levels, but there are still plenty of reasons to remain cautious. In the UK the recovery picture is mixed and there are large concerns about the labour market risks and on-going Brexit negotiations. Overall across the globe, lingering effects include consumer cautiousness, a lack of investment by businesses and lower revenue capacities in many industries due to social distancing. 

There is however opportunity for this to be a different recession, with a focus on restructuring that brings forward existing trends and digitalisation that were already in play. For professional services firms, a focus on productivity improvements should be key. Investing in high quality technology and areas that improve productivity will help firms to future-proof their businesses against future global crisis. Now is an opportunity to rethink business models whilst there is a greater willingness to accept change. At times of change/crisis everyone needs advisers with appropriate skills and professional services firms are in a good place to provide the advice that other industries need. 

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Session 3: How will the recent lockdown affect future property requirements of Professional Services firms?

24 June 2020

In this session, we focused on rethinking the office and the use of property.  Our guest speakers, Michael Dubicki, Business Development Director at Flexioffices and Mat Oakley, Director of Commercial Research at Savills discussed two key questions;

  1. Has the ‘purpose’ of an office changed, and
  2. Are businesses looking at using property differently?

The debate and issues raised certainly gave some food for thought. There were a couple of areas that stood out to us as key themes; habits versus behavioural change; to what extent will we see a seismic shift in the way we work; and with research showing in the longer term employees would prefer to work two days from home and three days in the office, is it actually possible to satisfy the best of both worlds as we return back to the office environment and the accompanying challenges that existed pre-COVID?

Overall our speakers felt now is not the time to make huge property decisions and firms should allow the next 9-12 months to play out, however it would be a lost opportunity if the last 100 days have not impacted the way we work in the future.

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Session 2: Protecting your people & thriving in a post pandemic world

15 May 2020

In this session we discussed two angles:

  • How the professional services industry can look after its people in times of uncertainty, use resource flexibly and ultimately protect its people proposition through difficult times; and
  • The journey of transformation for firms as lockdown measures in the UK are relaxed, shifting our focus to thriving in a post-pandemic world. What will be the same and what will need to change?

Our BDO guest speakers, Rob Worrall, Head of People and Zoe Bailey, Chief Strategy Officer, outlined how the professional services industry can look after its people in times of uncertainty and we shifted the focus to transformation, discussing how firms can embrace change and thrive in a post-pandemic world. We outlined BDO’s Rethink strategy – React, Resilience, Realise. This is a three stage process that can be used across an organisation to manage business priorities, address issues and leverage thinking. Each stage can be considered separately, or used as a part of a roadmap to help organisations manage throughout the COVID-19 impact. Read more about BDO’s Rethink model.

Session 1: Responding to COVID-19 & the future state of the industry post-pandemic

8 April 2020

In our first online event, we focussed on strategy and we were joined by Zoe Bailey, Chief Strategy Officer at BDO, who shared the approach BDO initially took in responding to COVID-19, as well as how we are analysing the future state of professional services in a post COVID-19 world.

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