Updated: 27th March 2008
Gilbert Lemon began his career in Plymouth as a Marine at 42 Commando before moving into the world of Insolvency in the eighties. Gilbert spent 16 years at KPMG as a senior manager in the Corporate Recovery Division. Immediately prior to returning to Plymouth he was at Bishop Fleming accountants in Bristol.
Simon Hicks worked as an accountant in Nottingham for two years before moving into the insolvency sector with Midlands based practices FA Simms and BRI. He brings 10 years of experience to Begbies Traynor. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Says Gilbert Lemon: “The company has had five very successful years in Plymouth. The new appointments signal the next phase in our growth and reflect increasing demand for our services. This is driven both by the current challenging economic climate and growing recognition that, if called in promptly when businesses spot warning signs, professional advisors can often assist in finding ways to continue trading or at least in minimising the impact of insolvency on directors and creditors.
Ian Walker, Regional Senior Partner added: “This is also an exciting time for Begbies Traynor because, as a group, we are expanding the range of services offered alongside business rescue. These now include providing independent professional advice and solutions to businesses, financial institutions, the accountancy and other professions and individuals in areas of finance, recovery, investigation and risk management, specialist financial advice and commercial finance.”
Ian joined Begbies in 2000 from Pannell Kerr Forster after practicing insolvency for the previous 20 years with Big Four firms. A member of R3 and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (from which he also takes his Insolvency Licence, he is currently a member of the ICAEW Investigation Committee. Over the years, Ian has dealt with all types of insolvency and at least three recessions. Currently, his practice based in Exeter and Plymouth covers the whole of Devon & Cornwall (including the Scilly Isles), together with as much of Somerset and Dorset as he can get away with! He deals with all types of personal and corporate insolvency and also concentrates on pre- and post-lending review work for all the major lending institutions.