John William Percy Fairclough

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Full Name - John William Percy Fairclough

Born - 1950

Born - Stockton-on-Tees Durham England

Occupation – Non-executive chairman

Languages - English and French

Nationality - British

Notable publications to date - Beyond Enkription, The Burlington Files published 2014 and various technical accounting, auditing and fraud prevention publications whilst working for Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) published from 1975 to 1983 in the UK and the USA

Parents - Dr Richard Alan Fairclough (1915 – 1987) and Margaret Fairclough (1918 – 1995)

Brother - Peter Richard Stafford Fairclough (1948 – 1996)

Sister - Jane Margaret Jackson (1944 – 2014)

Spouse - Josefina Repancol Fairclough (1996 – present)

Children - Two, a daughter (born 1986) and son (born 1987)


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Bill Fairclough (born John William Percy Fairclough on August 31, 1950[2][11]) is the non-executive chairman of The Burlington Files Group[33] and was the nominal author of The Burlington Files[6], the series of spy novels based on his life. In 1978 he founded Faire Sans Dire[5], a niche global intelligence and investigatory organisation.

Bill Fairclough started his career[8] as a trainee accountant (or articled clerk) at Cooper Brothers[32] (later to become Coopers & Lybrand and after that PricewaterhouseCoopers) and somewhat altruistically lived a double life from the early seventies. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at Coopers, he established and controlled Faire Sans Dire[5] in the late seventies to provide a conduit whereby intelligence agencies involved mainly in law enforcement at that time could more easily work together. The goal was to help prevent the exponential spread of international organized crime.

After leaving Coopers & Lybrand in July 1983 Bill Fairclough continued to work in the international financial services industry until January 1999 while still retaining control of Faire Sans Dire[5]. From 1983 to 1986 he worked at Citigroup and from 1986 to 1999 he worked at the Barclays Group (including a short secondment to the Reuters Group). From 1999 he "switched roles" and Faire Sans Dire[5] became his main occupation, albeit covertly until 2010, while simultaneously taking on directorships (overtly and covertly) in various companies mainly in the financial services sector but also in property, healthcare and other industries[58][78].

In July 2009 Bill Fairclough was approached for the third time to try to make some films loosely based on his experiences. At the time he was still running Faire Sans Dire[5] and acting as a director for various property and finance companies. Through intermediaries he contacted two well-known film production companies to assess their appetite for making films comprising a pot pourri of unusual concepts and experiences based on his somewhat unconventional and maverick dual existence[18].

Despite all their initial enthusiasm, the negotiations with those companies’ executives came to nothing. Both film production companies advised Bill that he must first present his material in book and/or film script format. Sadly, his approach to one US corporation eventually landed on stony ground when MGM, which produced many of the James Bond films, filed for bankruptcy. (MGM has since recovered.) The other household name film production company approached was based in the UK but had a full production agenda for many years ahead.

Accordingly, on 5 March 2014 the first novel in The Burlington Files[6] series, Beyond Enkription[4][29], was published on Amazon (worldwide) as a paperback and eBook (written for film adaptation) and copyrighted by an English company, The Burlington Files Limited[33] of which Bill was ostensibly the majority shareholder at the time. The official date of publication marked the fiftieth anniversary of the opening chapter in Beyond Enkription[4] and was “coincidentally” on purpose the same day as Bill’s father’s birthday. In 2015 a hardcover version of Beyond Enkription[4] was published by Dolman Scott[30].

Beyond Enkription[4] was not written as and has never been marketed as a traditional novel because it was "written for film adaptation". The sole purposes of publication were to secure copyright and make it easy for those in the film industry to access it in a manner that suited them once they had been contacted via Faire Sans Dire[5]. Accordingly, irrespective of its qualities or lack of them, the book has to date not been a best-seller other than in obtuse ways in China and old Soviet Bloc countries such as the Ukraine and Bulgaria. It is estimated that in aggregate over 60,000 copies were sold through illegitimate eBook libraries within a year or so of its publication on Kindle: so much for copyright!









Up North

Bill Fairclough had a brother and sister and was the youngest of three children; both his elder siblings, Jane and Peter, are now deceased[2]. Peter attended Keble College at Oxford University studying history and despite his frequent absences obtained a third-class degree which was more than his younger brother Bill achieved at university. Given Bill only attended university for 17 days that is hardly surprising!

Bill Fairclough’s father, the son of an ex-headmaster of a school in Putney, was an Oxford Scholar from Keble College where he obtained a first and a doctorate in chemistry. Bill's parents met during the war when his father (ostensibly working for ICI) was working secretly on creating bombs to wipe out the Nazi's industrial hinterland. Bill's parents married in Yarm in 1941.

After Bill's father, Richard Fairclough[2], retired from ICI he ran an antiquarian and second-hand book shop in Yarm during the late seventies and the eighties until his death in 1987. The book shop, which mainly exported antiquarian books to overseas libraries, was used in the eighties as a front for various intelligence and recruitment purposes by both his youngest son and some countries’ intelligence agencies.

When not gated (or being otherwise punished for unruly behaviour) at boarding school, Bill Fairclough spent most of his childhood and early teens in the North East of England not far from the banks of the River Tees. As a child he lived in Billingham and then (in a vast white house[57] once lived in by the poet Percy Shelley) in Norton by the “green” overlooking the duck pond. In his early teens he lived in Middleton St George and later in Yarm and rented flats near nightclubs he worked in or controlled during the late sixties near Stockton-on-Tees and Jesmond in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

In his youth Bill Fairclough survived numerous life-threatening events such as serious accidents, severe illnesses and multiple car and boat crashes. On three successive holidays as a teenager his escapades included sinking a 35-foot pleasure cruiser near where the Grand Union Canal and the River Trent meet; escaping from a flat burnt to ashes in Ealing; and being diagnosed with acute appendicitis while touring the mountainous regions surrounding Innsbruck. He also survived several attempted murders in his late teens and early twenties while involved in running night clubs and casinos. He lived life in the fast lane.

Down South

In 1971 he left the North East of England in a hurry, bound for Soho, London's West End and a new job at Coopers in the City of London at their prestigious Head Office in Gutter Lane Cheapside. (Coopers tried to change their address, but the City of London suggested they change their name to "Gutter Brothers" as Gutter Lane Cheapside had been there for centuries). To his employers at Coopers it was understandable that anyone like Bill would prefer to work in their large Head Office rather than their relatively small offices in Middlesbrough and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Fairclough already had a reputation for spotting and uncovering fraud and malpractice in major clients (e.g. nationalised industries and local authorities) which had not escaped the notice of some of Coopers' senior partners in London. However, according to Bill he had been moonlighting in night clubs and had to leave for his own safety after getting involved in gang warfare. He was receiving unwanted attention from protection racketeers (including allegedly corrupt police based mainly in Newcastle and Sunderland) all along the North East coast of England from Scarborough to Whitley Bay.

On arrival in the West End of London in 1971 he maintained a triple existence not only working for Coopers but also moonlighting in clubs and the music industry while unwittingly assisting the intelligence services (please see his covert professional life below). In the music industry he acted as an accountant for several promoters, agents, managers and artists while dabbling in the fun side of the business including co-managing some rock groups in Europe such as Ange and Little Bob Story. In the early seventies, the highlights of his involvement in the music industry included:

(1) helping produce a number one single for Ange while visiting Phonogram's recording studios in Paris;

(2) drumming with Keith Moon of The Who at the Roundhouse in London;

(3) performing on stage with George Melly at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho;

(4) dressed in a pin stripe suit to provoke the audience, pretending to whip Stacia Blake[35] (of the band Hawkwind) on stage at some of Hawkwind's concerts for which he was purportedly made an "honorary" Hells Angel; and

(5) hiring Wembley Stadium after reaching an oral agreement with Colonel Tom Parker for a weekend performance by Elvis Presley which never happened as Elvis decided he didn't want to perform overseas at the time!

He turned down various offers in the early seventies to manage some very well-known UK and American rock bands as he found working with the intelligence services more intellectually challenging and exciting as a moonlighting "pastime". He even turned down a request in the eighties to become the non-executive chairman of the London Philharmonic Orchestra claiming that he couldn't even spell Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky but then how many in the orchestra could?


From the mid-seventies until the mid-nineties Bill Fairclough spent much time working overseas. He was based in Nassau Bahamas[12] and the Americas on and off up until the mid-eighties. Bill continued to face many near-death experiences on land, water and in the air. He suffered from a toxic variety of life threatening illnesses including a few attempted poisonings. He also survived several other attempts on his life by those who would have preferred that his investigatory talents weren’t covertly locked onto their criminal empires.

Bill Fairclough was married in 1983 and by 1987 his wife had two children. After a separation lasting six years their marriage ended in divorce in 1995. He remarried in August 1996.

In February 1996 his brother was controversially reported to have allegedly committed suicide prior to a planned move down South from Yarm.


Schools & Universities

Bill Fairclough attended Red House School[61] in Norton Stockton-on-Tees and then obtained a full fee-paying scholarship to St Peter's School York[36]. He was nearly expelled from Red House School[61] on more than one occasion for his rebellious behaviour. However, once safely ensconced as a scholar at St Peter's School York[36] he was safe from expulsion as the expulsion of any scholar was unprecedented and would have reflected badly on those who awarded it.

St Peter's School York[36] is one of the oldest schools in the world having been founded in 627AD by Saint Paulinus. Bill was far removed from being a saint! Mind you, John Johnson ("JJ")[37], better known as Guy Fawkes, one of its former pupils wasn't a saint either. As noted in The Burlington Files website[6], JJ[37] was the first pseudonym attributed to Bill whilst being used as an intelligence asset in London: the UK intelligence agencies knew a little about history.

In his last term at York, Bill Fairclough took the Oxford scholarship entry exam with a view to following in his father's scholarly footsteps at Keble College. Bill was assured through his father (by a close friend and fellow scholar at Keble, one Douglas Price[38]) that he had done exceedingly well in the exam and was unquestionably on course to obtain a scholarship in English literature at Keble College having apparently excelled all the others taking the scholarship exams. (Douglas Price[38] devoted most of his life to Keble College which has a prestigious society[38] named after him.)

Accordingly, Bill attended an interview at Oxford University somewhat unusually with Douglas Price[38] in attendance. They had met before at Bill's father's houses over the years. However, he was not only refused a scholarship but also refused entry to Keble College. Even his brother Peter's position had become precarious, but Peter[39] managed to remain at Keble on the proviso that he relinquished his rooms there which he did.

Bill had been turned down for egregious misbehaviour after a party that had lasted long into the night which was attended by him and his brother. Bill’s night out ended unceremoniously only a few hours before the interview. Consequently, he was immediately suspended from school. He left for Soho rather than return North and later went to the University of East Anglia instead of Oxford University as planned.

From September 1967 until July 1968 Bill spent only seventeen days at East Anglia University in Norwich preferring the “University of Life” in Central London and Newcastle-upon-Tyne working in casinos and clubs and jointly running night clubs and discotheques. Even so, he passed his first-year exams at Norwich with flying colours (obtaining the equivalent of a first) and then left prematurely without notice.

Professional Qualifications

Bill Fairclough also attended Newcastle Polytechnic to study accountancy after being articled to a partner (Trevor Middleton) at Cooper Brothers[32] in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He obtained top marks in many of the exams including several "100%" marks on his papers. He qualified first time as a Chartered Accountant in the early seventies and in 1980 he became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. In 1994 he became a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. In 1995 he became a life member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. In January 2016, after over 40 years as a qualified Chartered Accountant, Bill resigned from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

From the late eighties at various times Bill Fairclough was registered with the UK and other financial and banking regulatory bodies to be a director of businesses operating in the financial services sector. Since then many of them have changed their names. In the UK those authorities included the SFA[40], IMRO[41], the PIA[42], the FSA (via the ICAEW) and the Bank of England which now comes under the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulatory Authority. In the USA he was similarly licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission; in Japan by the Ministry of Finance; and in Hong Kong by their Securities and Futures Commission.

Bill was also a member of the Anti-Corruption Research Network[43] at Transparency International for many years while running Faire Sans Dire[5] once it had gone public.


Coopers & Lybrand

Bill Fairclough worked at Coopers & Lybrand (or Cooper Brothers[32]) from 1969 to 1983. During his fourteen years with Coopers, apart from helping establish Coopers & Lybrand itself and working in their Technical Department, Bill’s bread and butter work included working on: audits, investigations and restructurings of British Steel, British Telecom and British Leyland; audits and investigations of listed companies (e.g. Rio Tinto Zinc), local councils, banks and leasing companies; liquidations, audits and investigations of banks and other financial organizations in the Caribbean; reviewing audit work undertaken by the UK firm; and many unusual one offs such as helping with the start-up and subsequent sale of a Peruvian investment house.

While working in Coopers' Technical Department he wrote (with others) the firm’s Manual of Auditing[44], several UK statements of standard accounting practice (SSAPs) and other publications (e.g. on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related anti-boycott legislation). Later, he became the first Secretary to Coopers' International Executive Committee[45] reporting to the International Firm’s CEO, the first of whom was Sir Brandon Gough.

At Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) as Secretary to the International Executive Committee Bill Fairclough was also involved in helping investigate major frauds encountered by the firm internationally and investigating suspected malpractices involving Coopers' international partners (e.g. straightforward fraud or compliance with coercion by terrorists). From the mid-seventies he was based in either the UK or the Bahamas and worked extensively in Europe, the USA, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America.


In 1983 Bill Fairclough was head-hunted by Citigroup​ based in the Strand London​ and became the deputy chief financial officer for Citigroup's​ EMEA​ and Far East​ operations which at the time held more assets than the UK's​ Lloyds Bank Group​ and Midland Bank Group​ global banking operations combined. It is notable that prior to head-hunting Bill Fairclough, the head-hunter concerned had become a client of the Fairclough family's book shop. Once Bill had joined Citigroup​, despite his and his father's best efforts, neither of them could trace the head-hunter, and on reviewing all of Citigroup's​ relevant records in the UK and the USA, no fee appeared to have been charged for the head-hunter's services!

Bill earned his daily bread by not only undertaking those chores one would expect of an accountant and deputy finance director. In addition, using the talents he had acquired at Coopers​, Bill spent much time: investigating alleged frauds and malpractices; creating off balance sheet schemes (some of which involved mixed interest rate and currency swaps with multiple termination dates for up to thirty counter-parties at a time); and creating ground breaking off-balance sheet vehicles (such as Drury Lane Limited[65]​ and Citibank Investments Limited[66]​).

Also, working in a team of three, reporting to Kent Price[67]​ (Citicorp's​ UK​ chief executive officer at the time) Bill assessed potential acquisitions such as Williams & Glyn's Bank​, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group​ and Nationwide Building Society​ none of which were deemed palatable by the Bank of England​. Bill also helped sell Citigroup's Thai​ banking interests in such a way that the deals were not perceived to be trading in banking licenses which was, of course, forbidden under the prevailing regulations in Hong Kong​ and Thailand​.

Fairclough's investigations into alleged frauds and malpractices extended into more covert investigations of suspected customer-oriented tax frauds emanating out of the Bahamas​, alleged breaches of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act​ and related anti-boycott legislation in the Middle East​. Some of these investigations were mandated by Citigroup's chief financial officer in 1985 (Tom Jones, a UK​ citizen) based in Wall Street​. He had confidentially instructed Bill Fairclough to covertly investigate certain suspected politically sensitive frauds and other misdemeanours in most of the areas Citigroup​ operated in excluding North America​.

Citigroup​ now calls itself "Citi​" and remains one of the largest banks in the world. Bill parted company with Citigroup​ pursuant to conducting the covert investigations he was instructed to undertake and more besides. Those investigations had global consequences for Citigroup​. It ended up paying out unprecedented fines (including penalties to large numbers of tax authorities) and its global management structure was completely overhauled at the behest of regulators.

Barclays Group

In 1986 Bill Fairclough joined the Barclays Bank Group​. He worked his way up the ladder at Barclays​ becoming a director of many Mercantile Credit[71]​ and Mercantile Group[69]​ businesses[58]​[69]​​[78]​, Ebbgate Holdings[46]​ (BZW​​ now Barclays Investment Bank​), Barclays Stockbrokers​[62]​, Barclays Financial Services[48]​, Barclays Holdings[47]​ and many other Barclays Group companies including Barclays Bank Trust Company[3]​[23]​[28]​[63]​. In addition, he had responsibilities for other parts of the Barclays Group​ such as Barclays Global Investors​. (Please note that most of Bill Fairclough's Barclays Group​ directorships[58]​[78]​ are no longer visible on the UK Companies House website.)

In 1995 Bill re-joined Barclays​ after a quasi-secondment to Reuters​ when one part of BZW​​ he was operations director for was sold to the Reuters Group​ and later to NASDAQ​. At Reuters Bill had been a director of many companies[28]​[58]​[78]​ including a founding director of Instinet Holdings[49]​ some of whose subsidiaries had later been sold to NASDAQ​ too.

While at Barclays​ (including when Bill was seconded to Reuters​) he was mainly based in London​ but also worked out of New York​, Tokyo​ and Hong Kong​. During this part of his career he worked in many countries in Europe​, the Far East​ and the Americas​.

Please note that although Bill Fairclough held many senior board positions at Barclays​ those were all held long before Barclays​ became embroiled in mis-selling, interest/exchange rate fixing and other scandals. Those parts of the Barclays Group which were later to become centres of duplicity and dishonesty many years after Bill left Barclays​ in 1999 never fell under his direct chain of command in his later years at Barclays​.

However, during his time at Barclays​ Bill was involved in many investigations into alleged frauds and malpractices. During his thirteen years at Barclays​ many "con-artists" including several senior group executives and directors within the Barclays Group silently walked the plank for "breaches of their contracts" along with those foolish enough to have aided and abetted or turned a blind eye to their misdemeanours.

At Barclays​, Bill’s daily chores varied as his seniority grew. For those parts of Barclays Group​ for which he was responsible he had typical finance director responsibilities which included having to deal with a smorgasbord of internal and external malpractices and frauds, attempted or otherwise, as well as producing often complex management and statutory accounts. He enhanced Barclays'​ profitability by introducing sub-LIBOR mismatched swap back to back funding to Mercantile[69]​. He even challenged the Inland Revenue's Board​ on grounds of “unfair competition” and won. As a result, Mercantile Group’s[69]​ profitability increased notably.

In the eighties Bill helped expand Barclays'​ agricultural finance business (the Highland Group[68]​) such that through acquisition/de novo growth in Eire​, Canada​, Germany​ and Denmark​ it become the world’s second largest provider of agricultural finance behind the Deutz Allis Group. Along with Ed Robson, Highland’s CEO[68]​, Bill even tried to acquire Deutz Allis​ too! In addition, Bill helped develop joint ventures with Fiat​, Citroen​ and Peugeot​ and created forestry and fast cheque processing businesses.

In 1990 he was part of a small Barclays​ team (reporting to Owen Rout[74]​) responsible for the restructuring of the Mercantile Group[69]​ (which around that time broadly speaking represented 25% of the Barclays Group ​in terms of assets/profitability). In 1991 Bill sold Mercantile Credit[71]​ to GE Capital​ days after Mercantile’s[71]​ head office in Basingstoke​ had almost been burnt to the ground[70]​. Bill also assisted GE Capital​ start its UK​ business using what it had acquired from Mercantile Credit[71]​ as its base.

In BZW​ Bill helped rapidly establish the Thamesway Group as the world’s premier soft commission broker (per Greenwich surveys). Thamesway's business expanded rapidly to include market moving anonymous multi-currency program trading across global bond and equity markets. Thamesway was cannibalizing BZW's​ core business to such a degree that in 1993 it was sold to Reuters​ (including Fairclough who re-joined Barclays​ in 1995). Bill helped Reuters​ develop the business across several countries, six of which were started from scratch, in less than 18 months after it acquired Thamesway.

On his return Fairclough was, inter alia, appointed a director of Barclays Holdings[47]​ and a group senior executive[47]​. During over a decade in Barclays​, Bill Fairclough worked with many of Barclays'​ luminaries including Oliver Stocken[75]​, Martin Taylor​ and John Varley​ as well as many other charming and "notable" characters including dozens of those whom he helped pursue their careers in pastures new.

In Bill Fairclough's latter years at Barclays in the late nineties he was on the board that built the first online retail broking business outside of the USA​. He was involved in scouting for acquisitions but since they rarely worked out as planned he didn't recommend many although he did simultaneously sell the UK's​​ largest personal tax business and bought the customer base of Fidelity Brokerage Services (within 24 hours of hearing it was for sale).

Other Organizations

Since 2000 after leaving Barclays​, Bill Fairclough ran his own regulated forensic accountancy practice. He was also a director of not only some reasonably well-known companies in the financial services sector but also several companies involved in activities other than the provision of financial services[28]​[58]​[78]​. In 2010 his involvement with Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ became public knowledge after he opened the organization’s first public website.

To date, after more than four decades, there has been only one series of covert investigations Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ was involved in where Bill Fairclough’s or Faire Sans Dire's[5]​ name unintentionally entered the public domain. That was pursuant to lawsuits unexpectedly citing Fairclough for having carried out investigations that, inter alia, were purportedly incompatible with his fiduciary duties as a director. They were not.

The Money Portal

These investigations related to The Money Portal plc[50]​. Various legal actions took place relating to investigations conducted by Fairclough who was also The Money Portal’s finance director for almost a year[51]​.

The original case against Bill Fairclough and the strike out case brought by Bill Fairclough relating to The Money Portal plc[50]​ were listed in the High Court of Justice​, Queen's Bench Division​ under Case No. HQ05X00357. Another case relating to The Money Portal plc[50]​ against Bill Fairclough was lodged in the Employment Tribunals as Case Number 3300888/2005. It is unlikely many people can access the High Court records given, inter alia, that the case never went to trial and was settled out of court.

The scandals relating to The Money Portal were spread over several years and related to one founding director in particular[50]​. In 2005 Bill Fairclough failed to get the case brought against himself summarily struck off by Mr Justice Forbes​ who was of fame for presiding over the Harold Shipman​ serial murders trial[20]​. The case was primarily sponsored by one of the company's founding directors who in 2006 was disqualified from acting as a director for ten years. Later he was bankrupted in and extradited from Australia​ and imprisoned until shortly before his trial in England​ in respect of criminal charges brought against him by the Serious Fraud Office​​.

Mr Justice Forbes​ argued that Bill Fairclough's strike-out case was so exceptional (e.g. it included a solicitor who confessed to destroying a company computer with a hammer and garden shears) that it should go to a full trial. Mr Justice Forbes​ said The Money Portal[20]​ had only just “squeaked home” and thereby passed the baton on to the judge selected to preside over the full trial. It is of note that Mr Justice Forbes​ was not normally a judge in commercial cases. Furthermore, he had apparently made it known that he was close to retirement at the time with an unblemished record of never having had any of his judgements appealed. Presumably he was proud of this and no doubt wanted to retain his flawless reputation.

Not only the strike-out case but also the convoluted and complicated ensuing criminal trials and related civil proceedings involving people connected with The Money Portal plc[50]​ were not exactly good advertisements for the quality of the British​ justice system or the Serious Fraud Office's ​investigatory capabilities.

Immediately after the strike out hearing in October 2005 The Money Portal[52]​ tried to reach a settlement with Bill Fairclough because they did not wish the case to proceed to full trial for obvious reasons. It was not until July 2006 that Bill Fairclough and The Money Portal’s[52]​ chairman (Richard Hambro​ of the Hambros Bank​ dynasty) reached an out of court settlement to Fairclough’s satisfaction[21]​.

By that time the founding director referred to earlier had admitted to some of his previous misdemeanours and accepted his disqualification from acting as a director for ten years. Since those misdemeanours were, inter alia, the subject of the original investigations led by Bill Fairclough[50]​ it raises many legitimate questions about just why his strike out attempt failed.

Within days of the settlement, Bill Fairclough was rehired by The Money Portal[52]​ to undertake additional confidential investigatory work for them. It was not long thereafter that, as aforesaid, one of their founding directors[22]​ was bankrupted in and extradited from Australia​ and imprisoned in England​ in respect of criminal charges brought against him by the Serious Fraud Office​.

As for Fairclough's failed attempt to strike out the case against him, some promotional material[84]​[85]​ posted somewhat obtusely by the opposing legal team on 31 January 2007 was still floating around in cyberspace last time anyone looked. Given the benefit of hindsight, one might have thought they would have ceased crowing about their Pyrrhic and perplexing victory against “Fairclough & others”!


Autobiographical Disclosures

To the extent considered legally acceptable and unlikely to harm any person Bill Fairclough's covert life is explained between the lines of The Burlington Files​[6]​ in which the lead character, one Edward Burlington​, is based on Bill Fairclough. Edward Burlington's​ escapades in the series are based on Bill's life and his experiences[1]​ to the extent they can be disclosed.

To date only the first autobiographical novel, Beyond Enkription​[4]​, in The Burlington Files​[6]​ series of six novels has been published. It focuses on Bill Fairclough's life in 1974[83]​. Accordingly, the ensuing disclosures are mainly limited to assignments and investigations carried out in that year. Other assignments and investigations involving Bill Fairclough are also disclosed to a limited degree but only where they are already in the public domain.

Faire Sans Dire

In the seventies (and later) Bill Fairclough worked with Alan Pemberton CVO MBE[53] [54]​​ and Barrie Parkes MBE[27]​[55]​ to covertly help combat corruption. Messrs Pemberton and Parkes combined their considerable skills and expertise to make the most of Bill Fairclough’s financial aptitudes to investigate some extraordinary international frauds and diplomatic financial misdemeanours. In 1978 Bill formed Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ which means to do without speaking. It was his family’s motto and incorporated in its crest of arms.

The organisation was established to provide a conduit such that intelligence agencies involved mainly in law enforcement could liaise with one another more easily to help tackle and reduce international organized crime. The rationale for that was during the (First) Cold War​ those on both "sides" wanted to put a stop to certain types of organised criminal activities but were prevented from liaising one with another for that purpose for political reasons.

Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ bridged the gap by providing anonymity to those who wished to halt heinous crimes such as people and drug trafficking across borders by those taking advantage of the uncooperative stances taken by the authorities who were at "cold war" with one another politically speaking.

Those who worked for or with Faire Sans Dire​[5]​[26]​ were not only from intelligence backgrounds but also included senior retired police officers, lawyers, accountants and retired members of elite military units such as the SAS​​, SBS​ and their equivalents from other countries' special forces. Since its establishment in 1978 Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ amassed a global network comprising many associates around the world whether individuals, firms, organisations or corporate and other bodies.

Furthermore, since 1978 Faire Sans Dire​​[5]​ and Bill Fairclough have carried out and/or been consulted about many assignments and investigations for either Faire Sans Dire's[5]​ clients in over 120 countries or for businesses which Bill Fairclough worked for as referred to above. Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ has operated under many guises but a company called Faire Sans Dire Limited[34]​ has existed from time to time[24]​ when required to act formally on behalf of the Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ organisation.

Much of Faire Sans Dire's[5]​ work has been and still is carried out on a pro-bono basis. From its inception until recently Bill Fairclough has been the owner of Faire Sans Dire​[5]​, the legal structure of which has changed from time to time. He normally used to act either as its executive or non-executive chairman.

Since 2018 Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ has closed its website which has been preserved for posterity because of the historical importance of Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ within The Burlington Files​[6]​ series. The intellectual property rights relating to[5]​ belong to The Burlington Files Limited[33]​. Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ remains a niche intelligence led security and investigatory organisation with global reach and provides a variety of risk management and intelligence gathering services with an increasing focus on cyberspace services. Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ has indeed gone back quietly into the night.

A Few Examples of Assignments

For more than four decades, Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ and Bill Fairclough spent much time ensuring their participation in investigations remained covert and anonymous hence citing detailed independent verifiable sources for most of their assignments is by and large impossible now. In addition, for legal and other reasons, much of their involvement in investigations and assignments cannot be divulged. Accordingly, only smatterings of carefully selected assignments are alluded to, sometimes nebulously, in The Burlington Files[6]​​.

Since 2010 when Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ opened a public website, Bill Fairclough has publicly acknowledged his and/or Faire Sans Dire's​[5]​ involvement in a small number of specific investigations and assignments mainly by alluding to or referring to them in Beyond Enkription​[4]​, the only published autobiographical novel in in The Burlington Files[6]​​ series. A few of those assignments and investigations (one way or another already in the public domain) are summarily and anecdotally disclosed below in a limited or redacted manner.

• The John Poulson​ scandal and subsequent resignation of Reginald Maudling​: as referred and alluded to on pages 102, 103, 122, 135, 354 and 361 of Beyond Enkription​[4]​. From the late sixties Bill Fairclough allegedly effected “legitimate” access to Poulson's​ offices in Middlesbrough​ which were situated on the floor above Cooper Brothers'​ offices where Bill was employed as an articled clerk, inter alia, on the audit of and investigations into what was Teesside Council[56]​[64]​. Coincidentally, when he was a young boy Bill Fairclough had met Reginald Maudling, then the Home Secretary​, at a Conservative Party​ fund raising bash in Norton​ Stockton-on-Tees​ at which Harold Macmillan​ (the local Member of Parliament​ and friend of Bill's father) attended when Prime Minister​.

• Thefts of bullion, other precious metals and diamonds worth millions of pounds from secure premises near Heathrow​ in the early seventies: as alluded to and described in Chapter 10 of Beyond Enkription​[4]​. The thieves disabled the alarms that should have been triggered by movement across the paths of laser beams. The criminals inserted mirrors close to the sources of the laser beams. Once carefully slid into place close to the sources of the laser beams, the mirrors acted as receivers and rendered the alarm systems useless. Those responsible were never identified or caught but an inside job was suspected.

• Corruption et al involving Milton Obote​ and Idi Amin​ in Uganda​: alluded to on pages 72, 143, 465 and 467 of Beyond Enkription​[4]​. In the seventies Bill Fairclough investigated money laundering involving suitcases of cash sent from Rhodesia​, Tanzania​, Uganda​ and Zambia​​ to Europe​ which, inter alia, resulted in the assassination of a Ugandan diplomat involved with Faire Sans Dire​[5]​. Bill Fairclough infiltrated the network responsible for these criminal activities.

• Human and body part trafficking and related international criminal activities (including murders and multi-million-dollar frauds) undertaken by African​, Middle Eastern​ and Asian​ diplomats and intelligence agencies linked to organized crime in the seventies: as described in detail in Chapters 1 to 10, 13 to 20, 30 and 36 of Beyond Enkription​[4]​. Bill Fairclough infiltrated the network responsible for these criminal activities while unwittingly working for British​ intelligence; he survived four known murder attempts while doing so.

• India's​ Operation Smiling Buddha​ and nuclear proliferation issues in 1974 involving, inter alia, South Africa's​ Bureau of State Security: as referred to and described in Chapters 11 to 13 of Beyond Enkription​[4]​. Bill Fairclough became involved "by accident" while he was coincidentally working at one of Coopers & Lybrand's clients.

• Rogue Caribbean​ banks, such as the British American Bank Limited[73]​ (in compulsory liquidation), in the seventies: many of these banks had been solely established and used to defraud depositors. This Bahamian​ bank named British American Bank Limited[73]​ was renowned in the seventies for placing advertisements brazenly stating that it would pay 1% more interest on deposits than offered by any other bank in the same issue of Time Magazine​.

• Drug trafficking, fraud and related crimes committed by Robert Vesco in the Caribbean​ in the seventies and eighties: as referred and alluded to in Chapters 22, 23 and 28 of Beyond Enkription​[4]​. Also see Everipedia[72]​ and/or Wikipedia links set out below which refer to Bill’s involvement and his abduction and attempted murder at the orders of Robert Vesco.

• Bribery, fraud and other crimes in Honduras​ committed by President Oswaldo Enrique López Arellano​: as alluded to in Chapter 21 of Beyond Enkription​[4]​. While operating in the Caribbean​ in the seventies and eighties, Bill Fairclough kept the Honduran​ President’s financial and other activities under surveillance.

• Millions of dollars' worth of black coral​ thefts in the Caribbean​ in the seventies: as referred and alluded to in Chapter 28 of Beyond Enkription​[4]​. These investigations focused on allegations of thefts by former FBI​ and/or CIA​ operatives and pursuant thereto Bill Fairclough was nearly murdered on two known occasions, one as described in Beyond Enkription​[4]​ and another vengeful attempt a few years later by a senior "law enforcement" officer turned politician.

• Alleged breaches of international aviation financial and safety regulations by Haïti Air Inter in the seventies: as referred to and described in Chapters 28 and 31 to 35 of Beyond Enkription​[4]​. Yet again, Bill Fairclough was nearly killed on more than one known occasion during the latter stages of these investigations which were linked to his other Haitian​ assignments.

• Crimes against humanity and corruption involving Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier​ and the Tonton Macoute​: as referred to and described in Chapters 28 and 31 to 35 of Beyond Enkription​[4]​. Bill Fairclough survived two known attempted murders during these investigations.

• Money laundering and other crimes involving Luckner Cambronne​, the "Vampire of the Caribbean​": as referred to and described in Chapters 31 to 35 of Beyond Enkription​[4]​. Luckner Cambronne's businesses supplied blood and cadavers mainly to the USA​ for medical uses. If there were insufficient available for shipment, his henchmen would murder anyone they could find on the streets of Port Au Prince​ at night to make sure they delivered what they had contracted to supply.

• Lynden Pindling​ and his criminal links to Carlos Lehder​ and other drug traffickers in the seventies (and beyond): as referred to and described in Chapters 21 and 22 of Beyond Enkription​[4]​. As noted in other publications including The Burlington Files​[6]​ website, Fairclough has acknowledged involvement in investigations into attempted multi-million-dollar frauds against the Crown Agents​ in Nassau​ in the seventies and Pindling's​ “nation for sale” scandal in the seventies and eighties.

• Allegations concerning global corruption, fraud and tax evasion including alleged breaches of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act​​ and related anti-boycott legislation in the Middle East​​ involving Citigroup​ in the eighties: Bill Fairclough's and Faire Sans Dire's[5]​ investigations took place mostly between 1983 and 1986 as referred to under the heading “Citigroup" in the section entitled "Overt Professional Life” above.

• Manuel Noriega​, Oliver North​ and the Iran Contra​ scandal that nearly toppled US President Ronald Reagan​ in the eighties: as alluded to in the Panama Papers​ section of Faire Sans Dire's[5]​ website and its press releases[14]​ about the Panama Papers​ and Bill Fairclough’s related articles on LinkedIn[9]​[10]​. Apart from in 1974 as revealed in Beyond Enkription​[4]​ when Bill survived several known attempts on his life, 1984 and 1985 proved to be by far the most dangerous years in Bill Fairclough's life courtesy of his involvement in these matters.

• Alleged suspected terrorism and arson at Barclays' Mercantile Credit[71]​ Head Office[19]​ in Basingstoke​[70]​ in 1991: as referred to under the heading "Barclays Group" in the section entitled “Overt Professional Life” above. The only comments about this event that can be made are that at the time Bill Fairclough was conducting various investigations. It is therefore of note that from his perspective the fire somewhat inconveniently destroyed both the floors occupied by Mercantile Group's[69]​ accounting staff. Many other floors in the building (Churchill Plaza​[70]​) were gutted or severely damaged too.

• Allegations of fraud and other crimes from the nineties relating to Airship Industries​ (at times controlled by Alan Bond) and its successor companies: these allegations were more serious because of the companies' links to the US Department of Defence​, British Military Intelligence​ and the UK​ defence industry including one successor company being chaired by Air Marshall Sir John Walker​, an ex-chairman of the UK's Joint Intelligence Committee​​. Many hundreds of people, who were persuaded to invest thousands or millions of dollars, lost all their investments over several decades as company after phoenix company went bust. Some people were persuaded to invest by an illegal Spanish​ boiler room in 2000/2001 as reported in Citiwire[79]​ in 2005. Others may have just taken a punt having possibly relied on the notable and purportedly reassuring names on one successor company's board[80]​[81]​ prior to its collapse. At least Air Marshall Sir John Walker​ still had enough common sense to resign his position as chairman of the Advanced Technologies Group[82]​ before, along with other creditors, calling in administrators to investigate alleged wrongdoings[79]​[80]​[82]​.

• The 2003 invasion of Iraq​: with a view to helping the USA​ and its allies and significantly reducing casualties (on both sides), using Faire Sans Dire's​[5]​ resources, on his own initiative Fairclough contacted the Iraqi Intelligence Service​ (at the highest levels within the Iraqi playing cards​) with a message they could not ignore in case Saddam Hussain​ had planted it as disinformation to test their loyalty. The message was a classic Morton's Fork​ which had to be reported to Saddam Hussain​: it set out details of who to contact to receive huge bribes in consideration for the surrender of Iraqi​ army divisions to the advancing coalition forces. Fairclough's plan sowed distrust, division and confusion among Saddam Hussain's "elite" and the army as they had no way of telling who had signed up, if anyone, and why those contacted had been selected for such "treacherous" reasons (e.g. because they were known or suspected dissenters). It is not known how many Iraqi​ army divisions were affected by this ploy.

• Scandals involving The Money Portal[50]​, its regulators and other notable City grandees commencing in 2004: as referred to under the heading "Other Organizations" in the section entitled “Overt Professional Life” above. The scandals lasted several years and some of those involved were imprisoned[50]​. The scandals were alleged to include the second largest pension funds fraud ever in the UK after that of Robert Maxwell​, whose empire was once a Coopers & Lybrand​ client which Fairclough had (coincidentally) also investigated.

• Edward Snowden's​ whereabouts and activities (often reported ahead of the global media): as reported in several news articles published by Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ about Edward Snowden​ and the Optic Nerve (GCHQ)​ surveillance scandal and PRISM scandal plus other "supposedly secret" cyberspace surveillance operations. The articles were published between 17 February 2012 (long before Edward Snowden​ was headlining global media) and 27 February 2014. The articles' titles do not necessarily indicate they were about Edward Snowden​ and are still accessible via Faire Sans Dire​[5]​[15]​. It is of note that Edward Snowden's disclosures, like Julian Assange's​ leaks via WikiLeaks​ rarely (if ever) directly alleged "wrongdoing" by Russia​, China​ and other non-NATO​ major cyberspace "actors". It's interesting to note that Edward Snowden​ first fled to China​ and then moved to Russia​: what a coincidence!

• Companies House​ records in the UK​: as disclosed in a satirical article by Bill Fairclough on LinkedIn dated 6 November 2015 entitled “The UK Government​ Admits 945-Year-Old Director Found Alive and Still Active”. The article was also published by Faire Sans Dire​[5]​[17]​ pursuant to a Freedom of Information Request​ and unearthed some extraordinary facts about "English​" company directors. This may account for other references herein as to just how confusing and misleading the results of basic Companies House​ searches can be.

• Bizarre mistakes, frauds, misdemeanours, malpractices and crimes encountered by Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ since the seventies: as disclosed in a Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ news article entitled “Background Checks & Tales of the Unexpected” dated 3 September 2016. The pot pourri of assignments and investigations referred to by Faire Sans Dire​[5]​ include some crass errors by not just Faire Sans Dire's[5]​ clients, who are anonymously referred to, but also law enforcement agencies such as the FBI​[16]​.

Some of the few examples cited above lasted years and comprised dozens of interconnected assignments and investigations involving many of Faire Sans Dire's[5]​ associates. The examples disclosed disregard Bill Fairclough’s or Faire Sans Dire's[5]​ participation over many decades in run of the mill assignments or investigations into quotidian frauds/deceptions in the bricks and mortar or cyberspace worlds or where they converged. Given that Faire Sans Dire[5] had representatives or associates in over 120 jurisdictions it is easy to see how over the decades it became involved in many assignments and investigations.

Faire Sans Dire's[5]​ staple diet included investigating allegations relating to: governmental corruption, industrial espionage, terrorism funding, intellectual property theft, bribery, coercion, blackmail, insider trading, front running program trades, falsified asset valuations, falsified prospectuses, related supplier and/or customer invoicing frauds, collusive accounting frauds, tax frauds, forgery, fraudulent related party transactions, cyber-attacks et al, data deletion or loss, money laundering, wire transfer frauds, expenses frauds, conflicts of interest, regulatory breaches, Nigerian​/Ghanaian​ scams, security breaches, criminal “offshore” activities, family trust/divorce disputes and straightforward thefts and other crimes.

Legal & Related Issues

For legal, security, practical and other reasons, it is impossible and would be imprudent to provide detailed citations evidencing who was involved in what, where, when, how and why in the investigations and assignments referred to above. However, many of the assignments referred to above are cited in The Burlington Files​[6]​ series of autobiographical novels with detailed timelines divulged in the first book published. When viewed in conjunction with Bill Fairclough's overt career and occasional Faire Sans Dire​ press releases and statements since 2010, to some extent that confirms that such activities took place without compromising any persons or organizations involved.

Other than as explained and disclosed herein and in The Burlington Files​[6]​ series (to the extent it is published), Bill Fairclough’s and Faire Sans Dire's[5]​ involvement in assignments shall remain forever confidential as has been the case during the last four decades or so. Interestingly, much of the information in the public domain concerning Bill Fairclough's investigations into The Money Portal[50]​ scandals (the only “leaked” assignment) has never been put into its proper international perspective. It is unlikely that Faire Sans Dire's[5]​ involvement will ever be explained in full for legal reasons but what appears on the web about The Money Portal plc[50]​ is in some instances as far removed from the truth as Donald Trump's​ perception of himself!


Bill Fairclough started writing The Burlington Files[6] in 1975. However, it was only in 2009 that work on the project began in earnest. The Burlington Files[6] series is based on Bill Fairclough’s experiences running a double or triple life including the activities undertaken by Faire Sans Dire[5] which he controlled. The intellectual property rights of The Burlington Files[6] are vested in an English company, The Burlington Files Limited and its subsidiary companies[33].

Beyond Enkription[4][59][60] is the first stand-alone novel (written for film adaptation) in the series to be published. At circa 180,000 words it is believed to be the longest spy novel published in the 21st century or was so at the time of publication. It took circa 10,000 hours to write and research. For most people working in the UK that is equivalent to more than five years’ work and that is for just one book in the series. Part of the core plot in Beyond Enkription[4] is centred on the misspelling of “encryption”.

There are expected to be six autobiographical novels in the series. Beyond Dekription, the second novel, has been drafted and is undergoing a review and editing prior to its publication. The other novels are at varying stages of production. All the novels were written in such a way that they could more easily be converted to become the bases for either full length feature films and/or television series. Bill called them novelogs and they are not dissimilar to grown up versions of Anne Frank's Diaries.

In summary, The Burlington Files[6] is a series of unusual espionage novels based mainly on the life of Bill Fairclough aka Edward Burlington and loosely on the lives of his family and his colleagues. Many of them worked for decades as governmental employees or assets or employees of intelligence agencies such as the CIA or MI6 (and indeed privately for Faire Sans Dire[5] itself). The action and plots rapidly spread across the globe as time passes. The series covers a chain of interconnected plots (and family life) running from the Second World War through to the Edward Snowden era.

Beyond Enkription[4] is a stand-alone novel set in 1974 in the heart of the disco fevered seventies, the (First) Cold War and the escalating Irish Troubles in the purportedly united British Isles. It features, among others, Roger and Sara Burlington, Edward's parents, who have been involved in espionage since 1939. While Roger is still a member of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Sara’s address book appears to be more like a Who's Who of NATO's intelligence services than a housewife’s little black book. Both Roger and Sara desperately wanted their sons, Hugh and Edward, to follow in their footsteps but things didn’t go to plan given Edward’s rebellious nature.

Consequently, Edward unwittingly ends up working as an MI6 asset. Early in 1974 he is nearly killed not once, but four times. Indirectly it is all MI6's fault so far as his parents are concerned. Sara decides someone high up in MI6 must pay and persuades Roger to exact revenge. Meanwhile Edward is sent to supposed safety from London town to Nassau in the Bahamas to continue his career as an accountant.

However, the CIA has a representative on the Joint Intelligence Committee and is therefore already aware of Edward’s exploits and capabilities. They turn him into their asset within 48 hours of his landing in Nassau. Meanwhile Edward's brother Hugh seems to be somehow involved with MI6 and that relationship becomes increasingly intriguing as the entangled plots and layered webs of deceit, betrayal and revenge reverberate across the world and throughout the Burlington family and their trusted supporters.


There are many interesting web-links to Bill Fairclough and his past personal and/or business activities as explained in Not necessarily mutually exclusive to the web-links etc set out in the formal References to this article are some interesting links and facts about Bill Fairclough and Faire Sans Dire[5] which are set out below.

Barclays Group

Beyond Enkription and

Bill Fairclough Recent Directorships and and (Please note that Bill Fairclough's directorships[58][78] in his early life are not included in the computerized records currently accessible by normal Companies House searches.)




Coopers & Lybrand

Facebook and

Faire Sans Dire Co-founders

(1) Alan Brooke Pemberton CVO MBE and No. 112 at

(2) Barrie Northend Parkes MBE (Barrie Parkes was best man at Bill Fairclough's wedding in 1996.)

Faire Sans Dire History

Faire Sans Dire Limited Past Directors and and (Please note that in order to avoid conflicts of interest (e.g. when working with Kroll), from time to time Charles Fairclough[76] had to resign his directorship and then be reappointed as a director.)

Intelligence Online

ISBN Numbers for Beyond Enkription ISBN 10: 1497314186 and ISBN 13: 9781497314184; Library of Congress Control Number: 2014906166; CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform North Charleston South Carolina USA[4]; and ISBN 13: 9781909204720 Dolman Scott 1 High Street Thatcham Berkshire RG19 3JG England[30]

LinkedIn,, and

Locations Details of locations Bill Fairclough lived in or operated from for protracted periods in England (excluding those not disclosed for reasons of confidentiality) were as set out below. To see the precise locations please use Google Maps or similar.

(1) Locations in Northumberland & County Durham: 4 Bank Road Billingham; The White House Norton Green Stockton-on-Tees; 13 Castle Close Middleton St George Darlington; and several locations in Portrack (Stockton-on-Tees); Middlesbrough; and Jesmond (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)

(2) Locations in Central London: 13 Montagu Square W1[88]​; 4 Quebec Mews W1[89]​; 65 Harley Street W1; 17 Draycott Avenue SW3; 51 Thurloe Square SW7; 124 Regents Park Road Primrose Hill NW1; 21 Rosslyn Hill Hampstead NW3; 238 Randolph Avenue W9; 5 Hamilton Place W1; 107 Sussex Gardens W2 and several locations in the City of London

(3) Locations in Surrey: several locations in Epsom; Sutton; Weybridge; Cheam; and Wallington

London Espionage Tours (Tours are currently only available based on Bill Fairclough's life in London in 1974.)

News @ Faire Sans Dire (This page contains dozens of articles and press releases relating to Faire Sans Dire's activities.)

News @ The Burlington Files (This page contains several articles and press releases mostly relevant to the production of The Burlington Files.)



Reviews of Beyond Enkription (The web-page linked to contains links to most of the reviews of Beyond Enkription[77] as a book written for film adaptation as opposed to a novel per se.)

Secret Tours (Tours are currently only available based on Bill Fairclough's life in London in 1974.)

Social Links


The Burlington Files Limited

The Burlington Files Group (The Burlington Files Limited has two wholly owned subsidiary companies, Enkription Limited and Dekription Limited[33].)

The Money Portal Scandal 1

The Money Portal Scandal 2

The Money Portal Settlement Arrangements

The Panama Papers & Faire Sans Dire

Twitter & Faire Sans Dire

Twitter & The Burlington Files

Wikipedia & "Bill Fairclough"



References & Citations from Everipedia Bio

The numbering of the ensuing references/citations mirrors those taken from Bill Fairclough's biography in Everipedia.

01 Bill Fairclough's independently edited and reviewed WikiSpooks profile

02 Bill Fairclough's biography including references available in the public domain

03 Some of Bill Fairclough's UK directorships commenced after circa 1990 (ie only since Companies House maintained computerized records)

04 Amazon UK page covering all three editions and formats of Beyond Enkription (available worldwide)

05 Faire Sans Dire's website now preserved as part of The Burlington Files

06 The Burlington Files website owned by The Burlington Files Limited

07 Unused

08 Bill Fairclough's profile, references and work history as vetted by TutorFair in accordance with English law

09 Bill Fairclough's profile on LinkedIn

10 Bill Fairclough's LinkedIn page showing recent articles and numbers of (undisclosed) connections as opposed to followers

11 Editor page on Everipedia Only available on

12 Bill Fairclough near the Bahamas in January 2016 Only available on

13 Unused

14 Faire Sans Dire's historical involvement investigating Noriega, the Iran Contra scandal and related issues

15 Faire Sans Dire's press releases and news articles relevant to Edward Snowden (including articles about Optic Nerve, Prism & Cyberspace at large), the Panama Papers and the Serious Fraud Office

16 A Faire Sans Dire news article describing some of FaireSansDire's most unusual investigations (including investigating the FBI)

17 An article by Faire Sans Dire Limited setting out oddities in the UK's Companies House database pursuant to a Freedom of Information Request served on Companies House itself

18 Summary of some interesting ways to search the web for Bill Fairclough

19 Link to Accountancy Magazine (the ICAEW's official monthly journal) and an article about Bill Fairclough's crisis management after Mercantile Credit's Head Office had been set on fire

20 An article about Bill Fairclough's attempt to strike out a court case against him which was subsequently settled in his favour - this article was allegedly the most read web news article about (London) "City" affairs in 2005

21 Citywire article about Richard Hambro agreeing a settlement with Bill Fairclough in relation to The Money Portal investigations Fairclough undertook

22 Daily Mail article about the ongoing scandals relating to The Money Portal at the time

23 An analysis of some of Bill Fairclough's UK directorships since circa 1990 (previous UK directorships not having been recorded by Companies House on its computerized database)

24 Intelligence Online articles following their initial research on Bill Fairclough's announcements about Faire Sans Dire, a "corporate intelligence firm"

25 Unused

26 A Faire Sans Dire news article about the appointment to its Advisory Board of a former Serious Fraud Office senior executive and lawyer who was the SFO's Head of International Affairs

27 Barrie Northend Parkes MBE appointed as a director of the first UK company to be named Faire Sans Dire Limited (Company No. 03100131) for name protection purposes

28 Some of Bill Fairclough's more recent directorships excluding his non-UK company appointments and his directorships of English companies before circa 1990

29 Worldwide locations and publishers from whom the various formats and versions of Beyond Enkription may be obtained

30 The publishers of the hardcover version of Beyond Enkription in 2015

31 Unused

32 A simplified history (flowchart) of Cooper Brothers leading up to the formation of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers)

33 The Burlington Files Limited has two wholly owned subsidiary companies, Enkription Limited and Dekription Limited

34 Companies named Faire Sans Dire Limited are detailed under Current & Past Legal Entities

35 Stacia Blake was an Irish performer known for dancing on stage with Hawkwind

36 St Peter's School York where both Bill and his brother Peter Fairclough went to school in the sixties

37 An explanation of Guy Fawkes' pseudonym, John Johnson (JJ)

38 The Douglas Price Society connected to Keble College Oxford

39 Peter Fairclough's obituary on the website at St Peter's School York

40 The Securities & Futures Authority (SFA) ceased being a UK regulatory body in 2001

41 The Investment Management Regulatory Organisation (IMRO) ceased being a UK regulatory body in 2001

42 The Personal Investment Authority (PIA) ceased being a UK regulatory body in 2001

43 The website for Transparency International's Anti-Corruption Research Network

44 A 1981 edition of Coopers & Lybrand's Manual of Auditing (795 pages in length) for sale on Google Books; it is still quoted as being written by Vivian Cooper ISBN 10: 085258895X ISBN 13: 9780852588956

45 PricewaterhouseCoopers' current Global Board is the equivalent of Coopers & Lybrand's International Executive Committee in the seventies

46 Bill Fairclough's directorship of Ebbgate Holdings Limited (previously the BZW partners/directors holding company)

47 Bill Fairclough's directorship of Barclays Holdings Limited (now Barclays Directors Limited); prior to the company's change of name in 1999 Barclays Group Senior Executives were appointed directors of this company

48 Bill Fairclough's directorship of Barclays Financial Services Limited

49 Bill Fairclough's directorship of Instinet Holdings Limited of which he was the founding finance director

50 Google search for articles relating to "The Money Portal" which was both a Public Limited Company and a Private Limited Company

51 Bill Fairclough's directorship of The Money Portal plc (later to be The Money Portal Limited in liquidation)

52 The Money Portal's Companies House records

53 Alan Brooke Pemberton CVO MBE, one of Faire Sans Dire's co-founders

54 Alan Brooke Pemberton CVO MBE, one of Faire Sans Dire's co-founders (please see entry No. 112)

55 Barrie Northend Parkes MBE, one of Faire Sans Dire's co-founders

56 Teesside Council, now Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees Councils et al

57 The "old haunted white house" on Norton Green, Stockton-on-Tees, where the Fairclough family lived from 1956 to 1963 Only available on

58 A summation (and explanations) of Bill Fairclough's published past and current directorships as at 31 March 2018 Only available on

59 A copy of Beyond Enkription's final high-resolution front cover Only available on

60 A copy of Beyond Enkription's final high-resolution back cover Only available on

61 Red House School, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees where both Bill Fairclough and his brother went to school in the fifties and sixties

62 Bill Fairclough's directorship of Barclays Stockbrokers Limited

63 Bill Fairclough's directorship of Barclays Bank Trust Company Limited which was, inter alia, a regulated bank

64 Teesside Council, now Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesbrough Councils et al

65 Corporate details about Citicorp's Drury Lane Limited which Bill Fairclough helped establish

66 Corporate details still available about Citibank Investments Limited of which Bill Fairclough was a founding director

67 Kent Price left Citicorp late in the fall of 1985 to "pursue other business interests"

68 The last group accounts of Barclays Mercantile Highland Finance Limited in which Ed Robson is cited as a director

69 Barclays Mercantile Limited was formerly Mercantile Group plc and all the Companies House data relating to Mercantile Group plc is filed under this company's name

70 Mercantile Credit Company's head office, a 17-storey building, at Churchill Plaza in Basingstoke on fire in 1991 Only available on

71 Companies House data on Mercantile Credit Company Limited, regulated by the Bank of England

72 Uncited reference to the attempted murder of Bill Fairclough in an Everipedia article about Robert Vesco

73 There were numerous court cases in the seventies taken out by Graham Garner and Sydney Morris (partners in Coopers & Lybrand in the Bahamas) and others in relation to the compulsory liquidation of the British American Bank Limited (based in Nassau Bahamas); Graham Garner and Sydney Morris were the official liquidators

74 Owen Rout held many senior positions in Barclays and was, inter alia, Chairman of Mercantile Group plc

75 Oliver Stocken was the Finance Director of the Barclays Group for many years

76 Directorships of Charles Peter Richard Fairclough

77 Endorsements and reviews of Beyond Enkription (as a book written for film adaptation as opposed to a novel per se) including references to other links

78 An explanation from Companies House of which of Bill Fairclough's UK appointments are and which are not listed on Companies House publicly available records. an-explanation-from-companies-house-of-which-of-bi.pdf

79 Advanced Technologies (ATG), the collapsed airship firm gobbled up millions of investors' savings

80 Even one former senior financial regulator (Roderick John Sinclair, an ex-colleague of Bill Fairclough), was on Advanced Technology Group's Board of Directors along with Sir John Walker, a former chairman of the British Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee

81 Directorships of Roderick John Sinclair, a former colleague and co-director of Bill Fairclough when Sinclair was a senior regulator in the City of London

82 Advanced Technologies Group comes down to earth with a bump after it ran out of cash

83 Bill Fairclough aged 24 in England Only available on

84 Promotional material available on the web in 2018 about Robert Howe of Blackstone Chambers and his work in 2005 for The Money Portal

85 Promotional material available on the web in 2018 about Robert Howe of Blackstone Chambers and his work in 2005 for The Money Portal Only available on

86 Not used

87 Not used

88 13 Montagu Square London W1 - in the early seventies, Bill Fairclough lived for a few years in 13 Montagu Square London W1; at the same time, he used a safe house nearby at either 4 Quebec Mews London W1 or a flat at the Montagu Place or North end of Montagu Square; the flats in Montagu Square London W1 feature in Chapters 1, 6 to 11, 13 and 15 to 18 of Beyond Enkription, the first published autobiographical spy novel in The Burlington Files series nominally written by Bill Fairclough Only available on

89 4 Quebec Mews London W1 - in the early seventies, while Bill Fairclough lived for a few years in 13 Montagu Square London W1 he used a safe house nearby at either 4 Quebec Mews London W1 or a flat at the Montagu Place or North end of Montagu Square London W1 Only available on

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On 5 Aug 2015 at 04:51 GMT Bill Fairclough wrote:

For those of you reading this comment it is of note that WikiTree has inadvertently created yet another amalgam of my name in my public profile: "Mr Bill W. Fairclough". As noted in my biography my full name is "John William Percy Fairclough FCA MCSI MCT" but most refer to me simply as Bill Fairclough (or worse)! All this just goes to show that when you are investigating someone (as we at Faire Sans Dire do regularly) you will be surprised at how many different ways an individual can be named. The largest number of pseudonyms we ever uncovered for one (Canadian) person was about 60 and the largest number of intentional misspellings of a (Russian) name was 36. Unlike me, those concerned were trying to conceal their identities from their creditors and law enforcement authorities but failed.

On 6 May 2015 at 17:24 GMT Hilary (Buckle) Gadsby wrote:

Glad you Volunteered!

You are now a member of WikiTree! Please help us build one Collaborative Global Family Tree, which means only one profile per person. It's important that no duplicates are created and profiles are properly sourced- if you have pre-1700's ancestors to add please read our Pre-1700 profiles info.

To help you get started, view this introductory WikiTree video.

For a list of Member benefits, see Community Members page.

We also have Mentors who will be glad to answer questions.


On 4 May 2015 at 14:10 GMT Nancy Lee (Hill) Cousins wrote:

Hello John

Welcome to WikiTree! We're creating ONE Global Family Tree and we need Your Family Branches to make it happen. If you would like to help us achieve our goal, please click on the Volunteer Badge and one of our Greeters will be happy to add you as a Member of Wikitree.

If you do not want to Volunteer to grow the Global Family Tree, you can still use Wikitree as our Guest. As a Guest, you will be able to browse the Wikitree site to search for relatives and we invite you to ask Questions in our G2G Forum. If you want to run a GEDCOM match Report or upload your DNA for Comparison, as our Guest you can do that too!

Please leave a message for our Greeter Team here on your Profile Page, letting them know what brought you to the Wikitree site today. Regards, Nancy Lee

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