A NEW insolvency practitioner has joined Kingston Smith & Partners, the corporate recovery and insolvency arm of top 20 accountancy firm Kingston Smith.
Chris Purkiss joins the firm from Baker Tilly, where he spent five years as a manager in the special investigation team of its restructuring and recovery practice having previously worked at Mazars and Grant Thornton.
He joins the forensic insolvency recovery service team and brings with him 15 years’ experience in corporate and personal insolvency, specialising in investigations and contentious insolvencies, including liquidations that involved investigations into the affairs of companies, litigation against directors, asset tracing and pursuit of antecedent transactions
According to the latest Accountancy Age Top 50+50, insolvency fees at Kingston Smith grew 17% in the last year to £3m.
Brian Baker, partner at Kingston Smith & Partners, said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Chris aboard the team. His vast experience and strong industry contacts will further strengthen our position as leading forensic investigation experts.”
He will be based at the firm’s City office and joins from a major international accountancy practice.
Partners at the insolvency firm Craig Povey and Kevin Murphy were appointed liquidators on 2 February
Fraser Nicol joins the firm from EY, bringing experience in cyber security, data analytics and business technology
Rowan Williams will be responsible for growing the firm’s presence in the Gatwick Diamond and across the south east
Kevin Humphreys joins the insolvency and restructuring firm from the National Crime Agency (NCA) Economic Crime Command