Timetable

Monday 16 November - Day One  

Registration from

9am onwards for a 9.30am start.
9.30-1pm  John Christensen (director of the Tax Justice Network) and Nicholas Shaxson (author of Treasure Islands and Poisoned Wells): An introduction to help you understand the roots and history of offshore, its scale, the techniques used to avoid, evade and launder, and policy responses and relevant institutions.
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14.00-15.10 Robert Palmer (senior campaigner at Global Witness) Beneficial Ownership and investigating corruption in Sarawak, Malaysia
15.15-16.30 Johnny West, founder of Open Oil, will explain how to scrutinise oil contracts and give an overview of the oil and gas industries.
16.45-18:00 Joe Stead, Senior Adviser Economic Justice: the tax incentives offered to multinationals and how they are abused.
18.00 - Networking food & drinks (optional) for participants and trainers at Blacksmith and Toffeemakers pub, 292-294 St John Street.
Tuesday 17 November - Day Two
How to understand company accounts by analysing financial statements including those all important accounting policies such as revenue recognition – the key to unpicking many suspect accounts – which notes to the accounts to focus on and why. With Raj Bairoliya (the UK's leading forensic accountant)
09.30-10.30 Motivation to massage earnings
10.30-11.15 Profit and loss account
Coffee break 10-15 mins
11.30-13.30 Balance sheet and Funds flow statement
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.30-15.30 Notes to accounts
Coffee break: 10-15 mins
15.45-17.30 Putting it all together and an interactive session building up a sample set of accounts or case study questions
Wednesday 18 November - Day Three
9. 00-13: 00 A range of speakers including Jenna Corderoy (VICE News), Martin Tomkinson and Cynthia O’Murchu (Financial Times) will show participants how to access information from:
  • UK Companies House
  • The US Securities & Exchange Commission
  • The Hong Kong stock exchanges
  • Tax havens
  • Freedom of Information Acts in different countries.
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14:00-16:15 Advanced Internet Search techniques and people identification with Murray Dick lecturer in Multimedia Journalism at Newcastle University.
16:30-18:00 Felicity Lawrence: one of the UK’s most respected investigative reporters, Felicity was a key member of the Guardian’s Tax Gap team which revealed over two weeks the techniques used by some of the world’s biggest companies to avoid hundreds of millions of pounds in tax. Felicity also exposed industrial scale tax avoidance by Barclays Bank. She will walk us through how she constructed her investigations.
Suggested reading:
Thursday 19 November - Day Four
9.30-11.30 Paul Holden (director of investigations at Corruption Watch)
How to construct a corruption investigation plus the steps you need to maximise your personal and data security. Paul is a globally respected investigator specialising in the arms trade.
 
11.45-13.00 Policy Wrap with John Christensen and Finance Uncovered’s George Turner
 
13.00-14.00 Lunch
 
14.00-16.00 How to bring home investigations in developing and developed countries: with Richard Brooks (author of the Great Tax Robbery, former tax inspector with Her Majesty’s Tax and Revenue now regarded by some as the UK’s best journalist on tax avoidance/evasion). Richard will go through the practical steps he took to bring home influential and powerful investigations on SAB Miller’s tax avoidance in Ghana, Associated British Food’s tax avoidance in Zambia and a series of stories he wrote on Vodafone’s tax structure.
 
16.20-17:45 Human Rights and tax Justice – is it possible to fuse these. Panel discussion with Audrey Gaughran (Acting Senior Director for Research at Amnesty International), Adrienne Margolis (director of Lawyers for Better Business) and David Quentin (tax lawyer). How the human rights and the tax justice agenda are linked and how best to report on this agenda.
 
Friday 20 November - Day Five
9.30-11.30 Workshop with an independent Anti-Money Laundering (AML) senior adviser
11.45-13.15 How would Martin Kenney, a renowned BVI  anti-fraud lawyer. attempt to report on some of the cases he has worked on if he was a journalist?
Martin will focus on emblematic cases from the Northern and Southern hemisphere.
Cases featured will involve corruption and asset recovery.
 
13.15-14.15 Lunch
 
14.15-15.30 - James Henry (former McKinsey chief economist, attorney and investigative journalist), The stories behind the numbers. Global finance, private banks, economic trends.
 
15.30-16.30 - The Finance Uncovered Wrap with Nick Mathiason and George Turner. You’ve got the tools and skills. Let’s get stories out there. Collaborations and projects.

 

 
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Suggested further reading:
Reports from TJN on Price of Offshore Revisited and Publish What You Pay Norway on Piping Profits.
Heavy Mittal is an investigation on the Mittal group of companies and its Mining Development Agreement with Liberia, conducted by Richard Murphy and Global Witness.