Technical Mix

Registering for CPD Fest 2021 couldn’t be more straightforward. We have three packages for you to choose from – 8 hours, 16 hours and 24 hours of CPD – allowing you to customize the event to your own specific needs.  Once purchased, pick ‘n’ mix the topics of most interest and relevance to you from any of the sessions running across the week of CPD Fest 2021.

CPD Fest Packages:

8 Hours

Any 8 CPD Fest Sessions


16 Hours

Any 16 CPD Fest Sessions


24 Hours

Any 24 CPD Fest Sessions


The 12 Gifts Of CPD Fest

Over the coming weeks we are going to give you advance access to hugely valuable extracts from the note packs The CPD Fest & The Essential Advisors’ Mix.

With The 12 Gifts of CPD Fest you will get guides, financial statements, checklists, tools, tax papers, letters of engagement and reports all the way up to and including the kitchen sink!

 Registration for The 12 Gifts Of CPD Fest is free, quick and straight forward and you can do so here:

Event Details:

Session 1: Forensic Accounting - What it is, and the Application of  Forensic Accounting Skills in Practice and Industry

Time: 09:00 – 10:40
Speaker: Dermot Madden – Madden & Co 

Forensic Accounting is essentially the application of an accountants analytical and technical skills to investigations, disputes, and other reviews which could end up in a court of law. 

The gathering, analysis and reporting of accounting information, the giving of evidence based thereon, in an unbiased manner are critical skills.  

Both written and verbal communication skills are the hallmark of a technical expert. 

In this session, Dermot Madden will be covering the following topics:  

  • What exactly is Forensic Accounting? 
  • Forensic Accounting versus Auditing 
  • Experience required and Critical Skills 
  • Spotting fraudulent behaviour  
  • Types of Engagements 
  • Writing Reports as an expert  
  • Courtroom Performance and Bias Issues 
  • The Application of Forensic Thinking Across Practice and Industry  
  • Taxation Forensics   
  • Anti-Money Laundering Forensics 
  • Client Acceptance Forensics 

Session 2: Personal Insolvency – The pathway to recovery from unmanageable debt

Time: 11:00 – 12:40 
Speaker: Claire Kelly – My Debt Solution 

Coming out of the Covid recession, some of your clients may now be struggling with arrears of debt and need a ‘Reset Button’.  

Personal Insolvency is the route by which individuals can restructure their debts to a manageable level, this includes mortgages, secured & unsecured debts and frequently Revenue debt as well.  

This course will bring you through the four different solutions available, what is meant by debt repayment affordability and real case studies of individuals who have taken this path and how their debts have been written down, sometimes written off, so that repayments are affordable for the future. 

By becoming aware of the potential benefits of the solutions available under Personal Insolvency for their clients, accountants can help their clients through the journey and their relationship is strengthened for the future when their clients financially recover. 

Session 3: Anti-Money Laundering Practice Essentials Update

Time: 13:40 – 15:20  
Speakers: Des O’Neill & the OmniPro Team 

This session pulls together what accountants working in practice need to know about Money Laundering as we face into 2022.  

Des O’Neill and the OmniPro Team look at:  

  • the legislation and the requirements;  
  • the practical application of the legislation and the guidelines; 
  • what we must now do to comply, and: 
  • what the expectation are of the Institutes and the relevant regulatory authorities in their monitoring. 

Accountants need to do money laundering CPD every year. If you are going to do 2 hours on AML in 2021 make it these 2 hours.

  • What’s New in 2021 – The Criminal Justice (Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Act 2021  
  • In the real world – The Role of the MLRO, AML Red Flags and Suspicious Activity Reporting 
  • What’s happening in Monitoring Visits including CDD, AML Procedures and ACRs 
  • What’s coming in 2022 and Beyond 

Session 4: Current Auditing and Reporting Issues

Time: 15:40 – 17:20   
Speaker: Colm Owens – OmniPro Practice Support   

The Covid pandemic fundamentally changed our world over the last 12 – 18 months and its impact has been far reaching. Auditing, the role of the auditor and how we do our work has been impacted. This session will cover the main issues affecting auditors and their companies as encountered by the OmniPro Practice Support team in the last 12 months. 

During this session we will cover:

  • Monitoring Visit updates; 
  • Key audit issues;  
  • Independence & ethical matters; 
  • ISA 240 ‘Fraud’; 
  • ISQM 1 & 2 & ISA 220; 
  • Going Concern;  
  • Practical Opinion Building with an emphasis on Covid-19, BREXIT & Going Concern and a review of recent real life audit opinions. 

CPD Course Facilitators

Dermot Madden - Madden & Co

Dermot Madden has over forty years’ experience working at senior levels in the Revenue Commissioners and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE).

He is a former Commissioned Inspector of Taxes who lead the DIRT enquiry audits on behalf of the Revenue Commissioners.

He was the senior Forensic Accountant in the ODCE for over fourteen years.

He has substantial and unique courtroom experience in giving expert witness testimony.

He has authored grounding affidavits in major white collar criminal cases.

He has lectured and examined Forensic Accounting in Trinity College Dublin.

He will bring his unique experiences, insights and advices to accounting and auditing professionals, who may be engaged as an accounting expert to provide written reports, which may be the basis of expert testimony to be given in a court of law, and be cross examined upon.  

Claire Kelly - My Debt Solution

Claire Kelly, Auditor & Personal Insolvency Practitioner based in Newbridge, benefits from both experience in accounting & auditing, and expanded her practice into providing solutions to clients in the area of Personal Insolvency since the legislation was introduced 6 years ago.

She is an active member of the Association of Personal Insolvency Practitioners (APIP) the professional representative body of PIPs, having held the position of Chair of APIP in 2020, and has been active at committee level for several years including representing the profession for media activities working with the Insolvency Service of Ireland and their communications team for the ABHAILE scheme which provides funding for debtors at risk of losing their home.

Her team operate a balance of professionalism and empathy for insolvency clients providing expert advice and a realistic assessment of how their debt problems can be restructured working between the Debtors and the banks.

Des O’Neill - OmniPro

Having worked for a number of years in practice, Des O’Neill co-founded OmniPro to develop tools, techniques, products and services, empowering accountants to achieve their best. 
Over 15 years, he has grown the company to a multi-million-euro turnover business and established OmniPro as Ireland’s largest independent provider of CPD for accountants.
Des speaks regularly, at national and international fora, on practice development, auditing, accounting, company law and regulation. He is passionate about bringing innovation to the profession and empowering accountants to achieve what they want in their careers and practice.

Susan Hanan - OmniPro

Susan is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has over 25 years’ experience in professional services, with 14 years specialising in regulatory compliance.

She was a member of the senior management team and Head of Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) at FinReg Global, an Irish fintech company. Prior to FinReg, she was Director in Regulatory at EY Ireland and a member of the Auditing and Assurance Committee (AAC) of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Prior to EY, she was an Inspector with Chartered Accountants Ireland for 10 years.

Susan is a people person and enjoy collaborating with others to achieve the best results.

Lindsay Webber - OmniPro

As a member of our Practice Support team, Lindsay’s focus is on helping practices achieve on-going best practice compliance, prepare for monitoring visits and assist with post-monitoring visits follow-ups.

Lindsay is a qualified Chartered Accountant and trained with KPMG in Johannesburg. She has over six years external audit experience along with over six years academic experience specialising in Audit and Financial Accounting.

Sinead Gortland - OmniPro Corporate Consultants

Sinead is a key member of the OmniPro Corporate Consultants Technical Support team providing advice and support in relation to Company Law and Company Secretarial procedures.

In addition, Sinead is responsible for carrying out Section 343 applications to the District Court, Company Restorations, Annual Compliance, Company Conversions and Company Law Compliance.

Sinead joined OmniPro in 2016 and quickly became an integral member of our Company Secretarial team. She started off her career in OmniPro as part of our Company Formations team building up her experience and knowledge before eventually moving into Company Secretarial.
Sinead has a Masters Degree from Maynooth University.

John Murphy - OmniPro Tax & Legal

As a lead member of our technical support team, John relishes problem-solving to help accountants develop innovative client solutions and sharing his technical knowledge on tax, financial reporting and auditing.

A Chartered Tax Adviser, he advises clients in practice on a range of issues from income tax, tax planning, restructuring to exit planning. In addition, he provides support on financial reporting, auditing and company law; conducts company valuations and advises on pre-sale restructuring.

John also plays a key role as a researcher and subject-matter expert in developing OmniPro information products such as the and As a speaker at OmniPro CPD events, he brings these industry-leading insights to accountants participating in our training programmes.

As a Chartered Accountant, John has over a decade’s Big 4 experience with EY and PwC, providing tax and audit services for a portfolio of clients, ranging in scale from SMEs to multinationals.

Colm Owens - OmniPro

As a member of our Practice Support team, Colm’s focus is on helping practices achieve on-going best practice compliance, prepare for monitoring visits and assist with post-monitoring visits follow-ups.

Having spent the last 6 years as a quality reviewer with Chartered Accountants Ireland Colm has a unique insight into how firms operate, the challenges facing firms and how firms are responding to current issues facing them and the profession.

Our Partners

CPD Fest 2021 is brought to you in association with exceptional event partners, each of whom we know, trust and recommend.

For this event, our partners have put together some additional goodies which we will share with you once registered.