Her move comes after 14 years at Baker Tilly, in which Brittain moved from assistant manager to partner, and became one of the country’s leading personal insolvency specialists.
Louise Brittain is currently trustee in the bankruptcy of Kerry Katona, the former Atomic Kitten singer who was bankrupted in August over a £418,000 tax bill. Her previous appointments include Neil Hamilton, Michael Barrymore, Bruce Grobbelaar and David Irving, but it was the case of Jonathan Aitken in 1999 which provided Brittain’s opportunity to prove herself. She has gone on to spearhead Baker Tilly’s POCA and criminal enforcement offerings, alongside a number of international investigative appointments.
The move is a boost to the efforts of Deloitte to overtake PwC as the UK's leading insolvency practice. The firm has recently taken prominent corporate appointments over Woolworths, Waterford Wedgewood, Land of Leather, and Stylo (Barratts and PriceLess footwear). Brittain’s strong relationships with HMRC and the CPS offer the promise of significant work gains in the personal insolvency division.
John Connolly, UK chief executive and senior partner, said “Louise has superb contacts with Government and Lenders and a first class reputation in the insolvency sector. She will be charged with developing our contentious and court insolvency offering, and leading our strategy for dealing with high value court and bankruptcy appointments nationally.” Brittain is set to join Deloitte in August after a one month break.