Finding the right expert witness for your case can be a difficult and time consuming task. Chris aims to save you time and money on searching for financial expert witnesses so you can concentrate on what you love doing, working with your clients!
A forensic accounting expert can provide a crucial service as well as expert witness testimony that can heavily reduce the time spent in court. In fact, timely involvement of an experienced expert witness can even increase the likelihood of disputes being resolved outside of court.
Chris has appeared as an expert witness over 100 times before many forums. But he also recognises that not all cases need to go all the way; he is very aware of the value of joint settlement meetings, Part 36 offers (by either party) and of mediation. He has acted as an advocate in mediation, and as mediator over 100 times, with an 80% settlement rate.
Because of his offer of an initial review of any case- see below – he has on many occasions advised that his services are not needed, or indeed that a case is hopeless and should be abandoned. But if a case is worth fighting, his help can be crucial, as the Case Studies show.
Chris offers an initial review with no obligation, so you can find out more about the value that he can add to your case before you commit to instruct him. This is without charge on all but the largest cases. If he feels his involvement is not needed in your particular case, he’ll let you know. So it costs you nothing to find out if Chris can help.
Should you require an expert witness in court, Chris can liaise with legal advisors, businesses, solicitors and any other party involved to convey complex information in court.
The giving of expert evidence at court is the culmination of all the work up to then. An expert cannot give evidence at court without the judge’s permission, and the report he writes is part of his evidence. So, normally, the expert is asked to confirm his report, and then he is immediately cross-examined by the other barrister and then re-examined by the barrister for his own side.
Giving expert evidence is a special skill, and needs extra training to become a witness expert. As an expert, Chris is careful to meet the Civil Procedure Rules requirement for experts:
…and similar requirements under the FPR and CrimPR.
In the early days, he came across lots of chartered accountants who thought they could just have a go at being an expert witness, but fell short when in court.
So when he served on the committee of the Forensic Group at ICAEW for 14 years, his main contribution was to help devise an accreditation scheme for experts, so that solicitors could look at a list on the ICAEW website and choose an accountant who knew how to behave in court.
He was in the first group of 25 to be accredited as a forensic accountant and expert witness, and there are still only about 100 who have reached that level, out of a total membership of 150,000 English chartered accountants.
He has appeared as an expert witness in many forums from judges in chambers through County Court, High Court, Court of Session and RCJ to Arbitrations and Public Enquiries, over 100 times in total, so the witness box does not cause him any discomfort.
Get in touch to discuss how Chris can help you