Hillgrove trial day 2: Accountant's evidence

After hearing opening statements on day one and evidence from HMRC, day two of Dragons’ Den PR Richard Hillgrove’s trial at Bristol Crown Court yesterday focused on the accounting mechanics behind the case. The New-Zealand PR guru is being charged with attempting to defraud the public revenue of almost £100,000 in VAT and PAYE over a 13-month period.

The jury heard evidence from sole practitioner Michelle Bishop, owner of Wells-based accountancy firm Bishop Jones.

The firm had acted as accountants for Hillgrove, of Glastonbury, Somerset, during 2010 to January 2012...

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CLARIFICATION regarding Bishop Jones Accountants

John Stokdyk | | Permalink

Earlier today the judge stopped the trial in its tracks for procedural reasons. 

While AccountingWEB has detailed above the claims made by Mr Hillgrove at court, it has been requested that in respect of fairness and accuracy, the following points referred to in the court should be added to the report:

1.       Under cross-examination, Michele Bishop on behalf of Bishop Jones strongly denied that:

  • she had been sacked due to gross negligence
  • she had knowledge of the Sainsburys’ bags referred to by Mr Hillgrove
  • she sent any wildly inaccurate profit and loss accounts.

2.    Furthermore, Michele Bishop informed the court that Louise Dale was not directly responsible for dealing with Mr Hillgrove’s accounts and that Dale had only a minimal involvement in organising the setting up of the ‘Time to Pay arrangement.