Matthew Haddow –Partner, Forensic Accounting, Investigations, Disputes and Valuations
We have vast experience of providing formal Expert witness reports for use in both the civil and criminal courts.
We can draw upon this experience to assist at all stages of litigation, from providing an initial informed view on the issues in a case (so as to highlight evidential needs), through discussions with the client and legal team advising on evidence, and then, where necessary, in discussion with the other Expert. We are also well versed in court practice and procedure and provide the necessary interaction with the legal team to maximise the benefit to the client.
Whether it is a complex derivatives dispute where we are assessing consequential loss, or a criminal fraud case where a defendant’s freedom is at risk, we bring a pragmatic approach to our work, supported by our technical knowledge and insight into business practice.
RECENT EXPERT WITNESS ASSIGNMENTS
LIQUIDATOR V DIRECTORS
We acted for the respondents on a misfeasance claim brought by the Liquidator to recover £1.3 million. We successfully showed the fees charged were for work done, and adverse costs were awarded against the applicant.
D V HMRC
We acted for the defendant at the tax tribunal, in connection with the non repayment of VAT. We assisted in undermining HMRC arguments as to the underlying nature of the transaction, so a deal was reached allowing offset of the £1 million+ withheld against the current bill.
R V V
In this confiscation case we were able to show how the claims made by the Crown as to benefit and assets were significantly overstated, and lacked any intellectual basis, reducing the amounts claimed by around 95%.
LIQUIDATOR OF HK COMPANY V SHIPPING COMPANIES
We acted for the respondents being sued for over $50 million in damages following termination of derivatives contracts. We established various key financial points that enabled argument at mediation, resulting in settlements totalling around $6 million.
R V H AND OTHERS
In this criminal fraud trial, we acted for the defendant and demonstrated how the Crown case lacked financial credibility. The case was dismissed at trial.
F V M
This case concerned the unfair allocation of royalties earned from a major global entertainment group. Acting for the applicant, we showed how profits had been mis-stated, following which he won significant further royalties.
OUR VALUATION EXPERTISE
Our forensic services and valuation specialists are well versed in legal disputes and financial investigations. We will collaborate closely with legal advisors to provide independent Expert Witness or Single Joint Expert Witness reports or Expert Determinations where valuation is a key component.
We understand the significance of your case and will endeavour to reach a satisfactory conclusion for you or your client. Our valuations will be backed up with sound reasoning and judgement which stand up to scrutiny under cross examination.
Previous cases requiring valuations include matters involving:
- Shareholder disputes;
- M&A / SPA disputes including earn out and completion accounts;
- Breach of warranty;
- Insolvency recoveries
- Employment disputes involving the transfer of shares; and
- Matrimonial disputes
Contact Menzies Forensic team
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