Anderson Barrowcliff are sad to say goodbye to Nick Upton who was Managing Partner at the firm for 10 years. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 after first time passes at all stages of his examinations and became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in January 1991. He trained in Leeds with a medium sized firm of chartered accountants where the majority of the clients were small and medium sized family businesses.
To gain further experience he spent six years in the Middle East with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) an international firm of chartered accountants. When he left in 1987 he was the manager in charge of a small office in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Clients were subsidiaries of overseas companies from the United Kingdom, United States and Europe, as well as local Arab companies, some of whom were quoted on the Kuwait Stock Exchange.
On returning to the United Kingdom he spent two years with Price Waterhouse, another international firm of chartered accountants, as an audit manager in Leicester. Clients were large family companies and subsidiaries of PLC’s quoted on the London Stock Exchange. His duties in this and the previous post included many investigation exercises such as pre and post acquisition reviews, accounting system reviews and the investigation of procedures in specific areas of clients’ businesses.
He joined Barrowcliff Hamer & Co., the predecessor to our current firm, in 1989 as an audit manager and was appointed a partner in October 1990 and managing partner in April 2007. His responsibilities involved providing accountancy, auditing, taxation and business services to a wide variety of clients. The client base consists mainly of family companies, sole traders and partnerships. In particular he dealt with the firm’s professional clients such as solicitors, doctors, surveyors and barristers.
He was the firm’s forensic accounting and litigation support partner and provided specialist reports both internally in the firm, to outside clients and to other practitioners. He has been a member of the Academy of Experts since 1995 and has acted on forensic and litigation matters for over 20 years, including appearing in court on both civil and criminal matters. He was also business mentor for the Prince’s Youth Business Trust.
We would like to wish Nick a very happy retirement.