Andy Whelan Profile

Andy Whelan

Insolvency Partner
I see my role as an insolvency practitioner akin to a financial doctor. My task to is to understand the symptoms of my patient’s financial problems, diagnose the cause, and then administer the cure by way of the relevant advice and procedures. I have succeeded if my patient, whether a business or an individual, is restored to full financial health, armed with the means of preventing recurrence.

About Andy

After graduating in Accounting and Law from the University of Southampton, Andy trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young in London, which later joined forces with Ernst & Whinney. Having passed his professional exams in 1989, Andy gained his first experience of insolvency work with the merged firm of Ernst & Young during the recession of the early 1990s. In 1992 Andy rejoined Marks Bloom in his home town of Kingston upon Thames, having previously gained work experience at the firm both before and during his university studies, and became a partner in 1995. That same year he passed the Joint Insolvency Examination Board exams, and obtained an insolvency licence from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1996. Since that time, Andy has increasingly specialised in insolvency work, both corporate and personal, and is a fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals. Following the merger of Marks Bloom and WSM on 1 October 2015, Andy is executive partner of the insolvency division, WSM Marks Bloom LLP Andy is married with two children, and has since 1990 acted as honorary treasurer of Emmanuel Church in Tolworth. In his spare time, he is a keen cyclist, having participated in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on two occasions for the benefit of local charity Love Kingston. Andy also has a long-held appreciation of real ale and vinyl records, both of which he is surprised and alarmed to find becoming increasingly fashionable.


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