Our Team


Accountants’ Defence and Advisory Services Limited.

Chris Cope

Qualified as a solicitor 1976.
Employed Professional Conduct Department, ICAEW, 1976-1983. Handled numerous complaints at ICAEW.
Was secretary to Investigation Committee.
Prosecuted cases before Disciplinary/Appeal Committees.
1984-1987 ran advisory service for accountants.
1988-October 2013 practised as a solicitor.
Since 1988 acted for hundreds of accountants and represented well over 500 before tribunals.
Established Accountants National Complaint Services Limited in 2013. Sold the company to Blake Morgan LLP, solicitors, in July 2020. Also a director of Accountants’ Defence.
As an Accountants’ Defence adviser, will give accountants advice on disciplinary hearings and represent them before disciplinary (mitigation cases) and regulatory tribunals. May instruct counsel on complex, defended and appeal cases.
Based in North Devon.

Christopher Aylwin

Called to the Bar 1970.
Member of chambers at 3 Paper Buildings, Inner Temple, since 1971.
Represented professional clients in disqualification proceedings under Company Directors’ Disqualification Act.
Represented numerous accountants (chartered/certified) before Disciplinary/Appeal Committees.
Prosecutes on behalf of the Professional Conduct & Complaints Committee of the Bar Council.
Lectures on professional misconduct.
Based in London.


A national firm of solicitors which has acquired Rochman Landau LLP, a former West End of London firm (established 1979).
The firm specialises in giving advice on all aspects of business law and acts for many accountancy firms. Advice is given on debt recovery, debentures, administration orders, liquidations, CVAs, IVAs and retention of title.
The firm also specialises in litigation and is willing to act for accountants or firms of accountants who find themselves involved in complex legal disputes.

Nick Openshaw

Qualified as a solicitor in 1985. City of London trained.
Set up own niche business practice in Devon in 1997.
Extensive experience of professional businesses and clients, including accountants, dentists, doctors, solicitors and vets.
Considerable experience acting for SME clients covering all corporate/commercial areas. Accomplished alliance-builder, with close working relationships with experts in areas including data protection, employee incentives, employment, intellectual property, pensions, planning, property, domestic and international taxation and technology.
Based in North Devon.


Moira Hindson

Chartered Accountant
Moira Hindson FCA MAE MEWI of Moore Kingston Smith LLP. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Also a member of the Expert Witness Institute and the Academy of Experts.
A partner since 2002.
Head of Forensic Accounting Services Department. Moira has acted as Expert Witness in many cases involving accountants’ and auditors’ professional negligence, both for the claimant and defendant. Moira also works on cases involving loss of profits and valuation matters.
A member of the firm’s technical committee, and involved in the discussion and resolution of technical issues that arise in connection with the firm’s professional work.
Designated Ethics Partner for Moore Kingston Smith LLP. Co-author of a casebook of professional negligence claims against auditors and accountants and the lessons to be learned from such claims by practising accountants and their advisers.
Based in London.

SWAT UK (now Mercia)

One of the largest providers of accountancy training and consultancy, operating throughout England and Wales including London.
Provides compliance support in the areas of: Audit, Anti money laundering, Practice Assurance / Quality Checked, Financial reporting, Tax Insolvency, Investment business (DPB & FSA) Client money
Provides a comprehensive training programme of accountancy courses in many venues across England and Wales, from staff and student level workshops to CPD level courses.
Has an in-house team of experts who lecture regularly on audit, financial reporting, anti money laundering, practice management and personal development through their public programme, as well as speaking at industry events and providing in-house training.
Writes many industry-recognised publications, including the PCAS and Kestrian audit systems, as well as their own Money Laundering Manual and Practice/Quality Assurance manuals.
Has very strong relationships with the ICAEW, ICAS and ACCA. Principal contact – David Norris BA FCA (director).

David Kerr FIPA

Insolvency Practitioner
Holder of current non-appointment-taker licence.
Over 35 years in the profession.
Professional practice experience with chartered accountancy firms.
Over 20 years in insolvency regulation.
Senior roles in two largest insolvency regulators

  • Senior manager of ICAEW insolvency team
  • CEO of IPA

Investigated many complaints against IPs.
Resolved complaints without need for disciplinary action.
Prepared reports for disciplinary committees.
Instigated system changes to improve processes/ fairness to IPs.
Advised IPs on appropriate responses to professional bodies/ committees.
Unique experience & understanding of insolvency regulation committee dynamics.
Contributory author of complaints gateway and common sanctions guidance.
Consultant Board Member, Lexis Restructuring & Insolvency.
Fellow of IPA.