TRIBUTE TO BARRIE CHAPMAN - A TIRELESS CAMPAIGNER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
is very sad to report the death of Barrie Chapman, former director of
the Manchester based J.S. Bass Group of Companies. Barrie had
been ill for some time with cancer and passed away on 13 August 2010,
peacefully at home.
and his family's life was turned upside down one afternoon in
1988 when accountants from a Big Four firm, acting as reporting
accountants for a bank, arrived unexpectedly. Within a short period
they recommended administration and liquidation of his companies and
the same accountancy firm became the liquidators. Barrie found many
irregularities in their conduct and complained to the Institute of
Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), but to no avail.
Meanwhile insolvency practitioners collected vast sums as fees. Some
details of his case were published in an AABA monograph
and have also been the subject of numerous press articles, radio and TV
programmes. Details of his case were the subject of an Adjournment
Debate in the House of Commons on 15 July 1997 and discussed
again on 24 October 2000.
As Barrie fought the firms and insolvency regulators, he also became
aware of many other victims of the insolvency industry. Barrie fought
for justice for all and was ably aided by Austin Mitchell
MP and the late Professor Tony Christer (some details of Tony's
involvement are documented in a book
Barrie never gave up and always hoped that one day good sense will
prevail and someone with check the predatory practices of accountancy
firms because they destroyed homes, jobs, lives and families.
Accountancy firms have stripped many innocent people of their savings
and investments. Alas, Barrie did not live long enough to see reforms
but has galvanised many others who are working tirelessly to bring the
insolvency industry to book. Their fight will continue to be guided by
Barrie's spirit and tenacity. He will be sadly missed by all.