Michael Radcliffe to lead Grant Thornton dispute advisory wing

16 July 2019 Consultancy.uk 2 min. read
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The UK’s sixth largest accounting and consulting firm has installed a new leader of its disputes advisory practice. Michael Radcliffe takes the helm in the wing of Grant Thornton following a 17-year career with the Big Four of the professional services world.

Following a tough 12 months, Grant Thornton’s British operation has been working hard to “streamline its focus.” In March, this saw the firm shed around 60 staff following poor results in 2018, while earlier in the Summer, this saw it offload its wealth division – which it valued at £30 million.

Now, as the sixth largest professional services firm looks to push ahead with its bid to boost growth, Grant Thornton has appointed Michael Radcliffe to lead its disputes advisory practice. As Head of Disputes Advisory, Michael will be focusing on growing the existing business and expanding into new service areas to meet the firm’s ambitious growth targets. Grant Thornton’s forensics practice has seen its fifth consecutive year of growth, following new partner investments in both its disputes advisory and cyber consulting offerings.

Michael Radcliffe, Partner, Grant Thornton UK

Radcliffe commented, "I am truly excited to be taking over the reins of a fantastic and well-established team. With ongoing economic and political uncertainty, our clients are frequently encountering challenges which need the local-market insight and multi-disciplinary expertise that Grant Thornton offers.”

Based in London, Radcliffe joined the company in 2017 as a Partner, and brings 20 years’ worth of experience to the role, having advised clients on many complex cross-border disputes. He specialises in commercial litigation, civil fraud, arbitration and transaction disputes. He has experience working across a variety of sectors including extractive industries and financial services.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Radcliffe spent 14 years with Big Four firm EY. In that spell, he eventually rose to the rank of Director in the firm’s fraud investigation and dispute services wing. Earlier in his career, Radcliffe also worked for EY’s rivals PwC for three years, becoming an Executive in audit and assurance before exiting the firm in 2003.

Commenting on the appointment, Will Davies, Head of Forensics at Grant Thornton UK, stated, "Our market leading disputes advisory practice brings together a talented group of partners who advise and act as experts across the full spectrum of disputes that we see in the market – including Philippa Hill, who leads on accounting irregularity and transaction disputes, and Chris West, who leads on complex contentious valuations. I look forward to working with Michael as he continues to drive this dynamic practice forward with a fresh outlook.”