Ian Defty

With over 27 years’ experience in insolvency as well as undertaking general appointments as bankruptcy trustee,  administrator and liquidator,  Ian has for the last 13 years run a team specialising in fraud, investigation and asset recovery.
He is routinely involved in complex litigation as a Liquidator, or as an office holder, to recover funds misappropriated by Bankrupts, Directors, Advisors or other fraudulent individuals. His expertise also extends to the recovery of assets both locally and abroad.  Before joining DDJ Insolvency Limited, Ian ran a team that was established to assess, investigate and pursue insolvency related claims, many on a conditional fee basis, in order to produce better returns to creditors. A veteran of multi-jurisdictional asset location and recovery efforts, Ian has brought recovery actions worldwide.
Ian regularly provides both comment to, and has written articles for, the business press on insolvency related matters and specifically civil recovery matters.  He has provided radio commentary and also lectures and trains others extensively.
Ian joined DDJ Insolvency Limited in May 2014 after 13 years at a mid-tier firm, having previously worked in the Insolvency Service, an agency of the Department of Business Innovation & Skills for 14 years, where he qualified as a Certified Accountant, then as an Insolvency Practitioner.  He latterly worked in the Company Directors Disqualification Unit.
Ian is a fellow of the ACCA, a member of the ICAEW and a licensed Insolvency Practitioner. He is also a fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals, and an Associate Member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association. Ian also sits on the R3 Smaller Practices Group, the R3 Fraud Panel, the Fraud Advisory Panel and the Economic Crime Prevention Group.