Baker Tilly partner Louise Brittain is this week preparing to meet with disgraced Tory MP Neil Hamilton after being appointed trustee in bankruptcy by his creditors.
Hamilton faces debts of around £2m as a result of his libel trial. His biggest creditor is Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed, who is seeking more than £1.3m.
Highly experienced with high-profile cases such as Jonathan Aitkin’s bankruptcy under her belt, Brittain’s key tasks will be to decide whether claims against Hamilton are justifiable and then seek out his assets to settle the debts.
She said: ‘It’s going to be a big job with a financial history that will need investigating. And we are looking forward to getting to grips with it.’
One of the first tasks for Brittain will be meeting Hamilton, pictured right with wife Christine at his bankruptcy hearing in Macclesfield last week, to discuss his financial status and put together an inventory of assets. High among these will be Hamilton’s property and any shares or life policies he may hold.
Other areas for examination will include assets that have been transferred away that might be reclaimed for creditors.
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