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Halliwells’ ex-managing partner: ‘I gave my life to that practice’

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  • What about a £21,000 tax bill because Halliwells didn't pay the income tax for six months? Where is the money that was put aside for tax?
    Nice letter from HMRC demanding immediate payment of £21,000 tax otherwise the will seek recoveries in the courts.
    Where does anybody just get their hands on £21,000?

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  • In defence of Ian Austin
    I was as shocked as anyone by what’s gone on at Halliwells, but there’s been a lot of rot talked.
    I’m going to stick my neck out and speak up for the lads over there. First, so they did this hooky property deal where the partners all creamed a few mill each. SO WHAT? That’s capitalism kids. Get real. As I was saying to one of the ex-partners on his yacht in Puerto Banus the other week – who wouldn’t honestly have done the same thing given the choice? I know I have and if it wasn’t for the cowardice of the banks, then I would again.
    The rest is here...
    http://rogercashman.blogspot.com/2010/07/halliwell-landau-rip.html

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  • you lay down with dogs and you get........

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  • Offer a small capital stake in a business that is about to go into administration and then ask a fixed share member to pay you 20k.
    That leaves you 1k to find.

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  • Roger Cashman - you sound at least as big a tard as Ian Austin. See you next Tuesday.

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  • Honest naked greed is far better than disguised naked greed. At least everybody knows where they are

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  • At least Ian Austin has come out and faced the music. He may be a laughing stock but he is taking it on the chin and trying to salvage something from the mess he created. It must be tough for him moving to that little firm and carrying the stigma of failure but at least he is having a go.
    Senior Partner Alec Craig is nowhere near as visible as he once was. Some may suggest he has gone into hiding. In terms of culpability he is right up there with Austin and is probably more to blame because unlike Austin he understood the numbers.

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  • Further information on Ian Austin's "activities" can be found in the most recent copy of the Private Eye (No.1269 20 August- 2 Sept 2010, page 30). This will be of interest to anyone following this story and particularly to ex Halliwells' employees and students of the University of Salford!
    To surmise, Ian Austin currently is Chair of the University of Salford's Audit Committee and a member of the University Council. How long he can remain in this position should be the subject of debate. Austin and other members of the University Council recently amended the University's Royal Charter, allowing themselves to "confer benefits on members of the Council if the benefit has been authorised by the Council". "Benefits" include buying or selling goods, services or land, being employed by or paid by the University or receiving any other financial benefit - things previously not allowed in order to ensure the independence of the Council. Mind you, the old charter didn't stop the University using Halliwells when it threatened to sue an undergraduate student for libel, in connection with a website, which he denies having created. The lawyers' letter in March accused him of "defamation in its most cowardly form" and demanded that he reveal the identities of all contributors to the website. That same undergraduate has now recently written to the University asking whether it would now review Austin's position as Chair of Audit, given that he had led his law firm into administration. He also asked under freedom of information how the University decided to use Halliwells to send letters to its students, and whether Austin had been any party to that decision. His request was refused as "vexatious"!
    I think every one of us needs to ask at this juncture, why do we all continue to let these greedy capitalists get away with it? The apparatus of the Criminal Justice System in a bourgeois society isn't going to assist, hence the fact this Austin guy is living it up as a millionaire.

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  • The Information Commissioner is getting ever closer to forcing the University of Salford to publish its expenses data (which Austin, as Chair of Audit, has had a hand in suppressing from publication thus far).
    If those reading think Halliwells LLP has a poor record under Austin's not-so-steady hand, be aware that Salford University managed to clock up a staggering £37 million (!!) in expense accounts for the last financial year, and thus far nobody is any the wiser as to what exactly this was spent on.

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  • Let's hope it wasn't more Louis Vuitton luggage.......

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