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Jim Stafford

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Jim established the firm in 1995 as a specialist Credit Management Consultancy firm. He had previously qualified with Oliver Freaney & Co as a chartered accountant in 1987. After qualifying he gained substantial international corporate recovery and restructuring experience with Spicer & Oppenheim in New York (2 years) and with Coopers & Lybrand in London (5 years). He returned to Ireland in 1994 and established Friel Stafford Corporate Recovery, which is now one of Ireland's leading Corporate Recovery and insolvency practices.

He was Secretary General of the Irish Institute of Credit Management from 1999 to 2002. He has lectured and written widely on many Credit Mangaement matters. He is retained by a number of leading Irish and multinational companies to advise them on Credit Management issues.

He has had practical experience of advising all types of industries which encounter cash flow difficulties, ranging from aerospace and mining to construction and IT.

He is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Credit Management and is a member of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners.

He is an experienced Mediator, particularly in the area of Shareholder disputes.

Email: jim.stafford@frielstafford.ie

Tel: 01 661 4066

Tom Murray

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Tom is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Before moving into Corporate Recovery and Insolvency, Tom developed wide ranging experience in professional finance roles with a number of leading International and Irish businesses such as Chase Manhattan Bank, Dexia Fund Services Limited and AIB in a number of diverse areas including Corporate Treasury and Corporate Accounting. He has also worked with Ernst & Young.

Prior to joining Friel Stafford, Tom worked as a Corporate Finance Consultant with a specialist niche firm for early and medium stage business and as a Consultant in the area of cost control.

Tom was the President of the ACCA Leinster Members Network for 2005 and 2006 and also serves on the ACCA Representative and Executive Committees.

He is a member of the Irish Institute of Credit Mannagement and the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners.

He has lectured for both the ACCA and the Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) and has written Insolvency related articles for the ACCA’s In Practice magazine and the CAI’s Accountancy Ireland.

Email: tom.murray@frielstafford.ie

Tel: 01 661 4066


Jonathan Foley 

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Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting) Honours degree in 2004 from the Institute of Technology, Tralee and before this had gained two years practical experience in the accounts department of Kerry County Council.

Jonathan joined McStay Luby in 2004, where he gained considerable experience across all areas of Corporate Turnaround, Insolvency and Forensic Accounting. Jonathan qualified as an ACCA with McStay Luby in 2007.

Upon qualifying Jonathan spent a year abroad travelling where he took up a contract role in the Risk Department of Macquarie Bank, Sydney, Australia. Upon returning to Ireland Jonathan took up a position as a Financial Reporting Accountant with the Bank of New York Mellon where he was responsible for the preparation of a number of financial statements under IFRS and US GAAP.

Jonathan joined Friel Stafford in 2009 and has been involved in a number of the firm’s Corporate Recovery and Insolvency assignments. Jonathan manages the majority of our Receivership and Members’ Voluntary Liquidation assignments.

Jonathan has also prepared and presented CPD lectures for CPA Ireland on Insolvency, Corporate Turnaround procedures, the Personal Insolvency Act, SME Financing, Working Capital Management, Cash Management and Practical Debt Collecting. Jonathan is currently on the ACCA Practitioners Network Panel and also holds a certificate in Personal Insolvency.

Jonathan has extensive experience in credit management and debt collection proceducres. 


Email:  jonathan.foley@frielstafford.ie

Tel: 01 661 4066









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