Rachael Singh, Accountancy Age, Friday 1 October 2010 at 16:09:00

Former Mazars partner Fiona Hotston Moore has filed a legal claim of sexualdiscrimination against Mazars at an employment tribunal

A sexual discrimination claim has been lodged against Mazars by the partnerwho negotiated the merger of MRI Moores Rowland with the City firm.

Fiona Hotston Moore was the head of Moores Rowland at the time of the mergerin 2007 and joined the Mazars board.

The former head of a firm that merged with Mazars has brought a claim ofsexual discrimination against the City accountants.

Fiona Hotston Moore was the head of MRI Moores Rowland when it merged withMazars in 2007. She took a seat on the Mazars board at the time of joining.

Hotston Moore said in a statement that she was "extremely disappointed" byevents at Mazars.

A statement from Mazars said: "Fiona Hotston Moore has lodged a sexdiscrimination claim against Mazars LLP. The firm vigorously denies theallegations put forward, is very confident in its position, and remains proud ofits steadfast commitment to diversity.

"It would be inappropriate to comment any further due to the ongoing natureof this case."

She lodged her claim with the East London Employment Tribunal. She leftMazars in March this year and is now working as a partner at Crowe ClarkWhitehill (formerly Horwath Clark Whitehill).

The tribunal hearing is likely to take place next year. The tribunalconfirmed that a claim had been lodged and that a response had been filed byMazars.

Hotston Moore was previously managing partner of MRI Moores Rowland andnegotiated the terms of the merger with Mazars.

She was most recently partner in charge of London owner-managed businesses atMazars.

In her new role Hotston Moore is a partner in audit and business advisory.

"I am extremely disappointed by events at Mazars. I led a very successful andrespected team in the UK corporate market and I look forward to the future inCrowe Clarke Whitehill where I believe the cultural fit is excellent and where Iam joined by the key members of my partner and manager team who have also joinedCCW. I have been fortunate in the support my team, clients and fellowprofessionals have given me," said Hotston Moore.

Former Mazars partners Helen Clarke, Robin Stevens, Stephen Bullock and LeoMalkin have departed from the firm this year and joined Crowe Clark Whitehill.The five partners were all previously employees at MRI Moores Rowland.

In 2007 Hotston Moore won the award for top female accountant at the Women inthe City Awards.

Further reading:

Profile:Fiona Hotston Moore and Alistair Fraser

FormerE&Y partner joins Mazars

Mazarspartner wins Women in the City Award

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