I am a Partner in the Forensic and Valuation services team at Menzies. I trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with EY in 2009 and hold a degree in Economics from the University of Bath. I am a Member of the Academy of Experts with experience in forensic accounting, commercial disputes, share valuations and leading financial investigations.
I have acted as Expert in matters in the High Court, Criminal Courts and Arbitrations on over 25 cases. I have also been appointed as Single Joint Expert and Expert Determinations and work as independent accountant to those seeking compensation in the Foskett Panel process in respect of claims arising from the HBOS “Reading” fraud.
My experience covers many aspects of accounting, valuation, and financial matters, including breach-of-contract and loss-of-profits claims, professional negligence claims, minority-shareholder and joint-venture shareholder disputes, and claims arising following mergers and acquisitions and sales of businesses.
I have provided advice about the value of companies a variety of contexts – for sale or purchase, for financial statement disclosure, and in shareholder disputes, including minority shareholder actions, post-acquisition disputes, expert determinations, loss of profit claims, matrimonial matters and professional negligence claims.
Working closely with solicitors, barristers, funders, insolvency practitioners and regulators, I am regularly instructed to prepare reports in matters before arbitral tribunals, the English High Court, and other courts. This is usually as an expert witness, but also as single joint expert, often in connection with valuation or deferred consideration issues. In addition, I act as advisor in disputes outside of a formal expert witness instruction, and often pre-litigation. I have also been appointed to undertake expert determinations and to act as shadow expert on such matters.
I regularly undertake fraud and insolvency related investigations. This includes financial investigations for corporate and public sector entities and for insolvency practitioners, as well as part of expert witness instructions.
“Matthew is a first-class operator and is fantastic to work with… His advice and guidance is always accurate, and accessible for lay clients, and he has an excellent bedside manner. I’m always confident that the client is getting the best possible expertise”
“His reports are always well-written, succinct, and persuasive. I haven’t had a situation yet where his advice and conclusions have not been accurate or helpful, and he clearly commands respect from other experts”