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Alistair is a tax and forensic accounting specialist with over 35 years of full time experience in this work.
Between 1998 and 2003, Alistair was a Director in the Deloitte and Touche Tax Dispute Resolution Group, London. In that role, he represented clients in Inland Revenue Special Compliance Office civil and prosecution cases and prepared expert witness reports for defence lawyers. Alistair also carried out tax risk reviews for multi-national corporations and represented them in enquiries conducted by the Large Business Office, International Division and Special Investigation Section. He has advised FTSE directors, non UK domiciled and/or resident clients and sporting/media personalities subjected to enquiries by the Complex Personal Return Unit and Centre for Non Residents.
In 1996 and 1997 he was a Director in the Forensic Accounting Division of another top 4 firm. His work included commercial and international fraud investigations and asset tracing in the UK and abroad.
In a 28 year Inland Revenue career, he was a District Inspector of Taxes, a senior investigator and group leader in the Special Compliance Office and a Case Director in the Large Business Office. During this period he investigated the financial affairs of wealthy individuals in the financial, industrial and media/sporting sectors, partnerships, owner managed companies and overseas trusts. He also carried out tax audits of multi-national groups and other major companies and headed a team researching tax avoidance by multi-national companies through the use of offshore structures and transfer pricing arrangements.
He also spent 6 years as the inaugural Director of the Northern Ireland Office multi-agency task force, investigating racketeering, commercial frauds and other financial crimes. His responsibilities included interviewing suspects using special coercive powers equivalent to those of the Serious Fraud Office, co-ordinating the collation, assessment and presentation of evidence and preparation of reports for the Director of Public Prosecutions. During this period, Alistair visited more than 100 law enforcement and intelligence agencies throughout the world to study enforcement legislation and best working practice.
Alistair was the expert adviser to the 2002/2003 House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee on (i) The Financing of Terrorism in Northern Ireland and (ii) Fuel Smuggling in Northern Ireland. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Money Laundering Control.