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Expert in Forensic Accountancy, Quantification of Losses, Fraud Investigations, Disputed Share Valuations

Expert ID: 727823 United Kingdom

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Expert is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having qualified in 1990. She is Head of Forensic Accounting Services within Kingston Smith LLP, a Top 20 firm of Chartered Accountants based in London and South East England.

Expert has been involved in forensic accountancy since 1990 and is frequently instructed to act as an Expert Witness in the field of accountancy in legal actions requiring the quantification of lost profits arising from contractual disputes, breach of contract and business interruption. She has also acted in an Expert capacity in matrimonial and other proceedings involving the valuation of privately owned companies or the loss of an income stream. She has been trained to act in an Expert capacity in the context of collaborative law proceedings.

Expert has acted in an Expert capacity in many assignments involving allegations of negligence against auditors and accountants and in high-profile fraud cases, both civil and criminal, in which she was instructed by solicitors acting for company directors facing allegations of fraud, misrepresentation or false accounting.

Expert has been involved in a number of forensic investigations on behalf of corporate entities in which fraud or wrongdoing by directors or employees has been suspected.

Expert has given evidence in the civil and criminal courst on many occasions and is familiar with the requirements concerning the role of the Single Joint Expert.

Expert was instructed by lawyers acting for a company involved in the manufacture of canning products to quantify the loss of profits suffered by the company as a consequence of an alleged breach of contract by a major customer. The Claimant was able to negotiate a satisfactory settlement on the basis of the figures set out in Expert's report. Expert was appointed by lawyers acting for an engineering firm facing allegations of professional negligence brought by a major national house builder who claimed that delays on a project resulted in funds not being available to develop other sites. She was able to demonstrate through careful analysis of the group accounts that the availability of funds was not the limiting factor on the development of sites. Expert was appointed in an Expert capacity by the International Chamber of Commerce to report to the Arbitrator on various business valuation-related issues raised by both sides in a dispute between shareholders in a UK electronics company. The Arbitrator relied on the opinions expressed in her report when determining the outcome of the dispute. Expert has been appointed by a high profile charity operating in the arts to investigate and quantify the amount of funds embezzled by the charity's former Finance Director. Her role includes acting in an Expert capacity in connection with the charity's claim against its former auditors for their failure to detect the fraud during the course of their audits of the charity's annual financial statements. Expert was instructed by lawyers acting for former employees of a worldwide advertising and media group who faced allegations of data theft following their departure from the group to set up their own company. Her role was to quantify the loss of profits suffered by the group as a consequence of the former employees' alleged conduct.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1990 Degree: FCA Subject: Accountancy Institution: Institute of Chartered Accountants
Year: 1984 Degree: BA Honours Subject: English Literature and Modern History Institution: University of Liverpool

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1997 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Partner Department: Forensic Accounting Services Responsibilities: Expert joined Kingston Smith as a Senior Manager and progressed to partner in 2002. She is now Head of Kingston Smith LLP's Forensic Accounting Services group.
Years: 1994 to 1997 Employer: Andersen Title: Manager Department: Forensic accounting Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for the day to day management of ongoing cases and assisted the appointed Experts with the preparation of reports.
Years: 1990 to 1994 Employer: BDO Binder Hamlyn Title: Senior through to manager Department: Litigation support Responsibilities: On qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1990 Expert commenced specialist training as a forensic accountant and Expert Witness, progressing to manager by 1994 when the firm merged with Andersen.
Years: 1984 to 1990 Employer: Pannell Kerr Forster Title: Junior through to senior Department: Audit Responsibilities: Expert undertook her training in the audit department progressing to senior in charge of a wide range of audit assignments before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1990.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: Canada Summary: Forensic accounting work in connection with a fraud investigation concerning the Canadian subsidiary of a UK company.
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Anguilla/ Eastern Carribean Summary: Expert Witness assignment relating to a commercial dispute involving an Anguillan based luxury hotel/ resort.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the Academy of Experts and the Expert Witness Institute. She is also a member of the Fraud Advisory Panel and an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has written numerous published articles and is the co-author of a case book for auditors and accountants to be published in Autumn 2010.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has acted in an Expert Witness capacity in numerous UK and international proceedings. She has given evidence in the UK civil and criminal Courts and also acts in an investigative/ advisory capacity in relation to instances of suspected fraud or wrongdoing by directors or employees.
Training / Seminars
Expert has lectured to auditors and accountants on the ICAEW's disciplinary process and on the lessons to be learned from the professional negligence cases in which she has been involved. She delivers an annual seminar to qualified fee earners within her firm on developments in the professional negligence arena and the mistakes made by auditors and accoutants.
Vendor Selection
Expert receives regular requests from clients and contacts to recommend law firms in a range of litigation/ dispute resolution areas.
Marketing Experience
Expert has provided forensic accountancy and Expert Witness services to entities from a wide range of industries and service sectors.

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