I qualified as a chartered accountant in 2000 and I have specialised in forensic work since 2001. During this time I have worked on a wide range of forensic matters including investigations, on behalf of the private and public sectors, and working as an expert accounting witness or advisor. I now lead our forensic and investigation services team in the north of England.
Some highlights have included:
- an investigation on behalf of a majority shareholder who had concerns regarding the integrity of her Managing Director. This resulted in the MD leaving the business as a “bad leaver” whereby he was compelled to sell his shareholding at a substantial discount compared with market value
- an investigation on behalf of a government agency which found that a vocational training scheme had been targeted by organised crime. Our work demonstrated wide scale weaknesses in controls, helped our client to quantify the fraud and enabled the agency to end its relationship with contractors
- an investigation on behalf of the Government of Zambia associated with the operation of an oil refinery. This involved a review of the relationship between the refinery, the energy regulator, and financial and other management at the refinery. This resulted in the successful sale of one of the party’s shareholding in the refinery
- an expert valuation (single joint expert) of a family controlled business involved in the pharmaceutical industry. Working with both of our instructing solicitors and their clients, our work helped to enable a long-running family dispute to settle
- expert evidence provided to support an Adjudication on behalf of a utilities company brought by a contractor on a “prime cost” basis. Our work helped to demonstrate that, from an accountancy perspective, the claim was not evidenced and resulted in a positive outcome for our client both in terms of quantum and costs
- an expert advisory matter involving the quantification of penalties incurred as a result of alleged fire safety defects at a hospital which had accrued over an eight year timeframe. These were alleged to total approximately £60m. Our work demonstrated that, with the application of alternative assumptions, the penalties could be shown to total around £1.5m.
Away from work, I have been a season ticket holder at Leicester City for many years, supporting the club home and away and have a particular love of organising self-drive adventures in Southern and Eastern Africa.
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