Chris Makin’s Recent Blog Posts

Gerroff moy land!

Posted on 17th August 2018 by Chris Makin

Land in the UK is a finite commodity – except on the East Coast for example, where either through natural erosion or a policy of abandoning land to the sea, our small island is growing even smaller – so it is little wonder that arguments over who owns which part of our precious Albion are […]

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Give us the tools…

Posted on 9th July 2018 by Chris Makin

…and we will do the job. In this case, the job is to value a holding of shares in a private company, and the tools are the details about the company which the valuer needs to be able to perform such valuation.  A recent High Court (Chancery) decision should be helpful. The case is Cosmetic […]

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How to get best value out of your expert

Posted on 13th June 2018 by Chris Makin

I have gone on alarmingly in the legal press about forensic accountancy, mediation and even expert determination.  Perhaps it is time to talk about experts generally, and about how you litigators can use them to get best value for the benefit of your clients – and your own reputation. The first point to consider is […]

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But for the Accident…

Posted on 17th May 2018 by Chris Makin

…and some pitfalls to avoid. Liability and causation are matters for lawyers, but there is then the problem of what a claimant could be expected to have earned but for the RTA, the clinical negligence, or the criminally inflicted injury.  Early editions of Kemp & Kemp had a chapter on how to calculate the employed […]

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Do you really need a forensic accountant?

Posted on 16th May 2018 by Chris Makin

It is said you can see the rubbish on the beach only when the tide goes out.  Similarly, much financial crime is discovered only when a company’s funds have run out.  And in these straitened times, financial crime is more prevalent.  Where normal income dries up, the impecunious but honest individual may ask himself: Who […]

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How can you really be heard?

Posted on 1st April 2018 by Chris Makin

It is only natural for people to want to be heard, and that is particularly true when they have a dispute. We all know about people having disputes, personal as well as in business.  It’s always the same; we are certain the other side doesn’t care to listen to our well-reasoned arguments, to our cool […]

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Two more reasons to mediate

Posted on 21st March 2018 by Chris Makin

With the constant demand for my services as a forensic accountant and expert witness, in a wide variety of cases from High Court commercial cases through judicial review and arbitration to family matters and the occasional criminal case, one may think that litigation trundles on in the same way as before Lord Woolf’s Access to […]

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Has your expert still not been in the hot tub yet?

Posted on 9th March 2018 by Chris Makin

We in the litigation industry have talked for some time about hot tubbing, an idea which Lord Justice Jackson hoped we might adopt.  In fact, the first blog I posted in 2012 on what was then my new website was on this very subject.  It even included a picture of me and a couple of young […]

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So who needs a specialist mediator?

Posted on 9th February 2018 by Chris Makin

I have been a forensic accountant and expert witness now for 30 years, and have written hundreds of reports and given expert evidence scores of times across a very wide range of subjects: commercial disputes, director and partnership disputes, matrimonial valuations, personal injury and fatal accident on the civil side; fraud, asset tracing, drug trafficking, […]

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Is your expert dual qualified?

Posted on 2nd February 2018 by Chris Makin

…or, like the car in the picture, will your case come a cropper when your expert “struts his stuff” at trial? In the old days, a reasonably competent chartered accountant could feel quite comfortable giving expert evidence at trial, without special training, and without feeling that one needed to be a member of that exalted […]

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