Bill Fairclough

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John William Percy Fairclough[1] aka Edward Burlington[2][3] (born 31 August 1950) was an intelligence agent or spook[4][5], an international businessman[6] and an English Chartered Accountant for circa fifty years. A series of autobiographical espionage novels called The Burlington Files[7] has been written based on his life, the first of which, Beyond Enkription[8], has been published on Amazon in the UK[9] (and worldwide) and by Dolman Scott[10][11]. Bill Fairclough is described as being the "nominal" author but it is believed the novels were written for filming purposes by various authors (including him).

Remarkably, Bill Fairclough spent much of his overt public career from 1969 working covertly as an intelligence asset for various intelligence agencies while working for over forty years at managerial and later executive or board level for well-known regulated businesses operating in the international financial services sector. There exist various biographies of Bill Fairclough on the web, the most comprehensive of which are on Everipedia, Wikitree and Wikispooks. They are evidenced by many dozens of web-links and other citations including Wikipedia (for example, relating to one[12] of many attempted murders he survived).

Bill Fairclough’s career started in 1969 as a trainee accountant at Cooper Brothers, later to become Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, he covertly established Faire Sans Dire[13] in 1978.[14] At that time he was an executive at Coopers & Lybrand, reporting to the International Firm’s CEO as the first ever "Secretary" to Coopers & Lybrand’s International Executive Committee.

After leaving Coopers & Lybrand in 1983, Bill Fairclough continued to work in the international financial services industry while still retaining control of Faire Sans Dire. He was a Vice President at Citigroup from 1983 to 1986. He left Citigroup after heading up an investigation which resulted, inter alia, in the overhaul of much of Citigroup's global management and corporate structure. From 1986 to 1999 he was a Director of many renowned companies in the Barclays Bank Group (including the Mercantile Credit and BZW Groups) and the Reuters Group (to which he was seconded from 1993 to 1995). In his later years with Barclays from 1996 to 1999 he was a Group Senior Executive and a Director of Barclays Holdings[15] (whose name was changed to Barclays Directors on 17 January 1999[16]). From 1999 he switched roles and Faire Sans Dire became his main occupation, albeit covertly until 2010 when it opened its first public website,[14] while simultaneously taking on Directorships in various companies[6] not only in the financial services sector.

While working in the public domain as a Chartered Accountant, he simultaneously covertly undertook secret assignments working with law enforcement or intelligence agencies from around the world.

Since 1969, Bill Fairclough and Faire Sans Dire have undertaken investigations into corruption and wrong-doing in over 120 jurisdictions.[17]


  2. Fairclough, Bill (2014). "The Series". The Burlington Files Limited. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  5. Fairclough, Bill (2015). Beyond Enkription. Thatcham England: Dolman Scott. pp. Used throughout the book from Page 42. ISBN 978-1909204720. Search this book on Logo.png
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fairclough, John William Percy. "List of Directorships (Appointments After 1990 Only)". Open Corporates. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  9. Link to Amazon UK only
  10. The publishers of the hardcover version of Beyond Enkription in 2015
  11. Worldwide locations and publishers from whom the various formats and versions of Beyond Enkription may be obtained
  14. 14.0 14.1 "The History of Faire Sans Dire". FaireSansDire. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  15. "John William Percy Fairclough". Companies House (UK). 9 February 1996. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  16. "Barclays Holdings & Barclays Directors". Companies House (UK). 17 January 1999. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  17. "Faire Sans Dire". FaireSansDire. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2018.

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