BDO’s James White heading back to UK

James White

Returning to UK: Ex-BDO partner James White.

BDO partner James White is packing up and heading back to the UK, though our sources assure us a new baby is the reason White wants to be closer to home and his departure from these fair antipodean shores has nothing to do with the Mossgreen fiasco.

We’ve yet to hear back from the man himself but yesterday BDO colleague and joint Mossgreen liquidator Andrew Sallway lodged a Form 505 with ASIC confirming that White ceased to act as a liquidator 0f Mossgreen as of Friday, August 3, 2018.

That was just two days before Andrew Beck and Ben Verney’s garnered priceless publicity via a story in Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper detailing how their firm Grey House Partners had stepped in to rescue goods abandoned in a Melbourne warehouse by White, Sallway and Nick Martin after available funds dried up.

The Herald Sun reported that within six weeks of being engaged Grey House was able to return some 4000 items held in the storage facility in suburban Clayton at no charge to their owners before auctioning off the remaining items that weren’t claimed.

In a sign of how dire the situation has become, Sallway and Martin made application to FEG for funds to defend the company (and themselves) in the event that any Mossgreen creditor and in particular the secured creditor, sues.

At a meeting in June chaired by White the liquidators told Mossgreen’s creditors that if approved they expected to have entered into a funding agreement with FEG by August 14, 2018.

In May this year Federal Court judge Nye Perram ruled that any vendor creditor (someone who engaged Mossgreen to sell their goods on consignment and hasn’t been paid) must initiate proceedings against Mossgreen at their own cost, as opposed to the liquidator’s recommendation to the court that a single representative vendor creditor initiate proceedings on behalf of all vendor creditors and have their costs indemnified by the assets of the company.

Sounds like there’s angst aplenty left for Sallway and Martin if the FEG funding doesn’t get over the line and from that perspective White’s new parental priority couldn’t have been better timed.

Further reading:

BDO Trio Appealing Mossgreen Judgment

Receivers To Tackle Mossgreen Mess

Minotaur Stalking Mossgreen Labyrinth

About the Author

Peter Gosnell
Insolvency News Online illuminates the practice of insolvency Australia-wide, highlighting the triumphs and travails of the nation’s registered practitioners and the accounting and legal professionals who work with them. INO is produced by Peter Gosnell, former business editor and senior business reporter at The Daily Telegraph newspaper. During a decade-long career, your correspondent reported on such notable corporate collapses as HIH, One.Tel, Westpoint and Fincorp as well as some of the nation's highest profile bankruptcies and the investigations and prosecutions arising from Australia's most notorious instances of white-collar crime.

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