Nick White, BA Mathematical Sciences 1983
Head of Forensic Accountancy at Stowe Family Law LLP
Nick White heads Stowe Family Law’s in-house forensic accountancy department. He is a chartered accountant of 24 years’ standing.
Why did you choose Bradford?
"I made the choice to study at the University of Bradford due to its locality and the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences looked really interesting."
Did you enjoy your time at Bradford?
"Yes, I enjoyed my time studying at the University of Bradford and the course that I chose to study helped me to become a the head of the forensic accountancy team at the country’s largest stand alone family law firm, Stowe Family Law LLP."
What do you do for a living now?
"Unlike a lot of family law firms, Stowe Family Law has a team of in-house forensic accountants which has featured in the Financial Times. I head up the Forensic Accountancy department for the firm at their head office in Harrogate; one of nine locations across the country. I endeavour to unearth hidden assets and finances for divorce and separation disputes, as well as for the process of wills and inheritance.
"During a divorce, full, frank and honest disclosure is required in order for a fair financial settlement to be made between the separating parties. Sometimes this requirement is not followed and one side of the separating couple may try to hide finances and assets to avoid the courts awarding part of the wealth to their former partner. A forensic accountant can investigate the accuracy of financial disclosures to ensure that one of the parties is not withholding information about their affairs.
"I am also a regular contributor to Marilyn Stowe’s Family Law & Divorce Blog which contains over 5,500 free articles relating to all family law matters. The blog covers topics including divorce, prenuptial agreements and various financial topics which I've written numerous features on such as hiding bank accounts during divorce and more recently an assessment on the divorce formulae that had been publicized in the mainstream media this year. As well as having work published on the Marilyn Stowe’s blog, I have had work published in international publications, including Financial Times and The Guardian. I have also appeared on BBC radio discussing hidden assets and bank accounts.
"I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987 and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and became a fellow of the chartered body in 1997. Throughout my career I have worked for a number of companies, both local and national, as well as working on multi-million pound international frauds."
What surprised you most about Bradford?
"I found Bradford to be a very vibrant and multi-cultural community."
What was your most memorable moment as a student?
"My most memorable moment as a student of the University of Bradford was at the end of the course when I attended the Graduation ceremony."
What is your lasting impression of the University of Bradford?
"The University of Bradford provided me with a solid foundation for moving into the accountancy profession."