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Expert in Corporate and Personal Insolvency

Expert ID: 729824 United Kingdom

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Expert is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and has had 40 years of experience of insolvency work in both large and smaller firms. He took his first appointments as an Insolvency Practitioner in 1984 whilst a partner in Grant Thornton. Since 1990, he has formed and headed up the London office of Employer which specialises in Business Rescue and Insolvency. Expert has dealt with many business restructurings using both the tools provided by the legislation and his wide range of commercial experience. He also has dealt with some high-profile cross-border liquidations involving the recovery of assets fraudulently misappropriated.
Expert has acted as an expert witness for Insolvency Practitioners facing disciplinary action as well as in other cases requiring his skills of investigation and analysis as a Chartered Accountant.

He investigated and reported on the causes of failure of a significant tour operator for the Civil Aviation Authority with a view to action being taken against officers of the company.He acted as an expert witness in the defence of an emininent Insolvency Practitioner facing disciplinary charges and negotiated, in conjunction with the legal team, a much reduced finding of the ICAEW Disciplinary Tribunal.He adviised solicitors acting for the Professional Indemnity underwriters of an Insolvency Practitioner facing litigation which was dropped as a result of his expert analysis of the case.As liquidator, he investigated fraudulent transactions amounting to $100 million involving the company Stone & Rolls Ltd and provided evidence in support of litigation against the auditors of the company eventually concluded in the House of Lords.As liquidator he investigated and reported upon fraudulent transactions involving the theft of over $250 million from companies owned by the state of Kuwait and continues to provide evidence to the Geneva Court in the resulting litigation.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1973 Degree: FCA Subject: Chartered Accountancy Institution: Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Year: 1964 Degree: B Sc (Eng) Subject: Mechanical engineering Institution: King's College London University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1990 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Partner Department: Insolvency
Senior and founding London partner
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1982 to 1990 Employer: Grant Thornton Title: Partner Department: Audit/ insolvency
Initially audit and accountancy, later switched to an insolvency appointment taker.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1975 to 1981 Employer: Jolliffe Cork & Co Title: Partner Department: Audit
Responsible for Audit and General Practice clients and the control of the firm's work with the EEC monitoring of UK steel production and deliveries.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1970 to 1975 Employer: W H Cork Gully & Co Title: Partner after training Department: Audit branch
Initially a trainee in audit and accountancy then a junior partner involved in investigation and pre-insolvency reviews
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1965 to 1970 Employer: Rolls-Royce Limited Title: Senior designer Department: Aero engine
Graduate apprentice, then Desiger and finally Senior Designer.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1964 to 1965 Employer: Reed Paper Group Title: Management trainee Department: Reed Corrugated Cases
Trainee in Industrial Engineering and Workstudy

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2000 to Present Agency: Insolvency Service Role: Advisor Description: He represents the Federation of Small Businesses on the National Consultative User Group.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1994 to Present Country / Region: Switzerland Summary: He is continuing to give evidence to an Investigating Magistrate in Geneva regarding fraudulent banking transactions.
Years: 2009 to Present Country / Region: South Africa Summary: He is taking proceedings in Cape Town seeking the recovery of assets which are thought to form part of the estate of a multinational bankrupt individual.
Years: 1976 to 1984 Country / Region: European Union Summary: He acted as a monitor reporting to the European Commission in Brussels on Steel Industry production and deliveries as part of the restructuring of the European steel industry.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
He is a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and serves on the Practice Guidance, Ethics and Standards Committee of that regulator. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of R3, Insol and the Institute of Credit Management.
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Appointments
He is Senior Partner of his firm.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French He is able to read French reasonably well and understand the spoken word with an effort.

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