Debtor the devil you know

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. If the top brass at Halliwells LLP (Late Lamented Partnership) could look back at the last few years and have their time again, they may well have considered saving the odd penny here and there.

Despite famously “giving his life” to the firm, former managing partner Ian Austin or his colleagues might think twice before, for example, running up a four grand bill at a local sandwich shop in the weeks before the firm went into administration (see story). Not the best PR stunt, that.

But today, as the full horror show details of its debts emerge (see story), a few more indulgences have come to light that could now net the put-upon administrators a few extra quid to disburse.

On top of the £200,000 coming back into the BDO coffers thanks to the sale of Halliwells’ fleet of original 1960s Aston Martins, they’re also looking to recoup funds from flogging the Wembley corporate hospitality tickets that the firm bought in a rush of misplaced grandeur.

Putting tickets for May’s Champions League showdown on eBay could net a healthy return, but one wonders which firms are likely to bid for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final in April.

It’s Carlisle vs. Brentford. Any takers?


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