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Bridge partners find new employers 22 July 2011

Tony Murphy, who joined Bridge from Smith & Williamson, has joined Harrisons as director of its London office.

Insolvencynews understands that Andrew Duncan, Rob Horton, Alex Cadwallader and Matt Evans, who were also all partners at Bridge, have joined the London office of Leonard Curtis. John Dickinson, another partner at Bridge, joined Carter Backer Winter (CBW) in a senior role in June. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by any of the aforementioned partners, or allegations made against them. 

Samantha Bewick and Colin Haig, of KPMG, were appointed joint administrators on July 1 of the two partnerships that comprised Bridge Business Recovery.

It is understood that events leading up to the administration of Bridge have been referred to the City of London Police and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Murphy started his career at Smith & Williamson in 1986, carrying out forensic accounting and fraud investigation work for clients. In 1989, he established the firm’s corporate recovery practice, where he was responsible for investigations. He subsequently founded the company’s insolvency department in Guildford and became national head of corporate recovery in 2003.

Paul Boyle, head of national practice at Harrisons, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tony to our team. With over 25 years in the industry in a number of leadership roles, his expertise will be invaluable to us.”

Murphy said: “I am delighted to be joining Harrisons at this exciting time. I am looking forward to the new challenges this directorship brings and starting a new phase in my career.”

Peters and Peters, a legal firm that specialises in fraud and white collar crime, has confirmed that it is representing James Bradney, the former senior partner at Bridge.



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