Our People

Our people have extensive experience from working at both regional and national insolvency practices. We also have a number of people that previously owned their own businesses, which gives them a real understanding of the many challenges that are faced by business owners.

Our senior management are very ‘hands on’ and our clients, and potential clients, receive the same level of involvement, attention and advice whether it is a large company with significant debts or an individual that is employed or in receipt of benefits.

There is a solution for every business and individual in financial difficulty and we will find that solution even if that means we do not earn a fee because only the right advice is the best advice.

Tim Hargreaves

Insolvency Practitioner

Tim, an insolvency practitioner and Director of the company, trained with one of the “big four” accountancy firms, working in the insolvency department for over ten years. It was here that Tim obtained his insolvency license, which he has now held for over 15 years.

In 1996, he joined a rapidly expanding North West based corporate recovery group, assisting in its growth and development whilst gaining valuable experience in handling cases at a more personal level.

Tim formed T H Associates in October 2003, trading from offices in Leyland, Lancashire, and more recently T H Financial Recovery in Burnley.

In April 2016 Tim formed Newton Cooper, an insolvency practice in Bolton, with Jonathan Taylor and Vincent McBrien.

Jonathan Taylor

Insolvency Practitioner

Jonathan, Director and insolvency practitioner, originally joined T H Associates in 2006, having previously worked at a business restructuring and consultancy company. Having passed the JIEB exams, Jonathan qualified as a Licensed Practitioner in 2010.

Whilst maintaining a keen interest in business rescue and turnaround work, with around 15 years insolvency and restructuring experience, Jonathan’s primary role is handling formal corporate and personal insolvency appointments.

In April 2016 Jonathan formed Newton Cooper, an insolvency practice in Bolton with Tim Hargreaves and Vincent McBrien.

Outside of the office, Jonathan spends most of his time either renovating his property or sleeping!

Vincent McBrien


Vincent started his career in accountancy but, after successfully passing several examinations on his way to a professional qualification, he was persuaded to join an insolvency practice.

Vincent worked for 3 Manchester based insolvency practices before becoming the senior manager of a busy insolvency practice dealing with corporate and personal insolvency cases.

In 1997 Vincent decided to establish his own business to help companies and the self-employed avoid liquidation and bankruptcy, primarily by making use of company voluntary arrangements (CVA) and individual voluntary arrangements (IVA) and worked alongside a number of insolvency practitioners to ensure that the right outcome was achieved for his clients.

The following year Vincent was asked to establish and manage an insolvency practice in Blackburn but this did not progress and so Vincent decided to establish an insolvency practice anyway and this practice went on to become one of the top providers of IVAs in the UK, as well as dealing with corporate insolvency.

In 2005, an unsolicited offer was received from a PLC and Vincent sold the company in September 2005 and, with a lengthy ‘barring out’ period, Vincent emigrated to take advantage of lower taxation.

On his return to the UK, Vincent worked with a number of businesses as a consultant, several insolvency practitioners and some debt counsellors before establishing Newton Cooper in Bolton with Tim Hargreaves and Jonathan Taylor.

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