Chris started his career in Leeds where he worked for a two-partner practice, which he eventually took over as a sole practitioner and grew to 18 staff. He then merged the practice with a West Yorkshire practice that in turn merged with an international practice with 250 partners.
He developed his forensic team, which he took with him when starting the Leeds office of another national firm, growing that into a full service office as managing partner and then national litigation head. He now practises from his home in West Yorkshire and London, on carefully selected legal cases that demand his extensive skills and experience.
Chris has been actively involved as a forensic accountant and expert witness since 1989, in a vast range of cases in the civil, criminal and family courts, and at public enquiries and professional standards tribunals.
Cases handled include loss of profits and consequential loss, business and share valuations, matrimonial valuations, partnership disputes, professional negligence, criminal and civil fraud investigations, personal injury, clinical negligence and fatal accidents, intellectual property, director disqualification, drug trafficking and proceeds of crime cases – the list goes on.
Disputes can be tough, resolving them can be even tougher. Chris helps by liaising with both parties to make sure an agreement is met, one that both parties can live with. Chris has experience as a civil and commercial mediator in many industries and activities. Using his extensive experience Chris helps parties reach a solution they can live with.
As an expert determiner, Chris was one of the first 5 to be accredited by The Academy of Experts, the only body in the world, which offers this accreditation. With over 20 years of experience, he is on the panel of expert determiners for the president of ICAEW, of whom there are only about 100. He also acts as an examiner in expert determination for The Academy of Experts, where he is a fellow, one of only some 60 worldwide.
A mediator who is also an accountant is without doubt a benefit!