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Forensic and Expert Witness Conference

Tuesday 16 November

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s conference will look at anticipated changes in the work undertaken by forensic accountants in terms of both practice and procedure.

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Forensic and Expert Witness Conference 2021

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The ICAEW Forensic and Expert Witness Conference aims to keep forensic accountants up to date by delivering briefings from lawyers, legal counsel and judges as well as leading professionals operating in the field.

When time is short, staff are stretched and cash is being watched carefully, this conference will bring short, focused sessions covering three main areas – the future of practice and procedure, new case law arising over the past year and technical and best practice updates in the areas of valuations and investigations.

There will be an opportunity during lunch to catch up with fellow forensic accountants in networking rooms. 


Welcome introduction from chairman
Kate Hart, Managing Director, Quantuma
Keynote: Future of the civil justice system
Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice
Legal update – criminal
Eve Giles, Partner, Allen & Overy. Key cases and legislation updates relevant for experts in criminal cases. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn about recent changes in the criminal framework for forensic accountants.
Valuations update
Jenny Nelder, Owner, Bruce Sutherland & Co
The forensic investigation on trial
Francesca Burfield, Barrister, Bond Solon. This practical and intensive session will look at various aspects of an accountant’s work focusing on how their reports and credibility can be challenged in courts and tribunals. It will provide you with an invaluable insight into the mind of the “enemy lawyer” and how they may try to undermine the integrity of your evidence, and the investigation.
Lunch and networking rooms
Legal update – matrimonial
Philip Tait, Barrister, 29 Bedford Row
Panel: Painting a picture: What does the future landscape for UK claims look like
Chair: Hayley Boxall, Partner, Pinsent Masons; Matt Fritzsche, Partner, Claims & Disputes, Forensic & Integrity Services, EY and Mark Lim, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Lewis Silkin
Minority Interest Discounts: guidance available, case law insights, tips for robust and supportable discounts
Sandra Mossios will cover the highly contested areas of minority interest discounts. It will provide you with insights as to what published guidance is available and its limitations, evidence from case law and surveys regarding common sources used, criticisms of different sources and approaches, and tips for arriving at a robust and supportable minority interest discount.
Legal update – civil
Tim Crockford, Partner, Clyde & Co. An exploration of the current litigation landscape and recent cases impacting the role of expert witnesses
Chairman's closing remarks
Kate Hart, Managing Director, Quantuma
Event close


Sir Geoffrey Vos
Sir Geoffrey Vos Master of the Rolls

Sir Geoffrey Vos is the second most senior judge in England and Wales after the Lord Chief Justice. As President of the Court of Appeal’s Civil Division, the Master of the Rolls is responsible for the deployment and organisation of the work of the judges of the division as well as presiding in its courts, often hearing the most complex cases across the full range of civil, family and tribunal matters.

Eve Giles, Partner at Allen & Overy, is a speaker at ICAEW's Virtual Forensic and Expert Witness Conference 2020
Eve Giles Partner, Allen & Overy

Eve is a white collar crime specialist with almost 20 years of experience advising on high profile criminal investigations. Eve acts for both individuals and domestic and multinational corporations in a broad range of sectors including financial services, mining, energy, infrastructure, commodities, construction and engineering.

Jenny Nelder
Jenny Nelder Owner, Bruce Sutherland & Co

Jenny became a partner in 1985, having joined the practice from Touche Ross in 1981. She lectures on valuations for several professional training organisations and for the national and local bodies of the accountancy and tax professions. She writes articles about valuation. She has been appointed as an expert in several cases, for tax and other purposes and has appeared in Court. She is a member of the Society of Share and Business Valuers.

Philip Tait
Philip Tait Barrister, 29 Bedford Row

Philip joined 29 Bedford Row Chambers in October 2019. He specialises in matrimonial finance, cohabitation claims, financial provision for children and private children law, including relocation.

Kate Hart
Kate Hart Managing Director, Quantuma

Kate has over 20 years’ experience as a forensic accountant and has been actively involved in more than 400 forensic engagements. Kate is most frequently instructed as an expert witness (both as a party-appointed and single joint expert) but also provides advice to clients at the preliminary stages of legal disputes. She has given evidence in the High Court, County Court, Employment Tribunal and at arbitration. She has experience working within most industry sectors including manufacturing, telecoms, technology, property, retail, pharmaceuticals, logistics and professional services.

Matt Fritzsche
Matt Fritzsche Partner, Claims & Disputes, Forensic & Integrity Services, EY

Matt specialises in acting as expert witness in litigation and international arbitration. He leads multi-disciplinary teams across EY’s global network to advise on economic, financial, valuation and industry-specific issues. Matt also helps to resolve disputes outside of formal proceedings through negotiation and expert determination, particularly those arising from sale and purchase agreements.

Sandra Mossios
Sandra Mossios Director in Forensic and Investigation Services, BVB

Sandra is a Business Valuation expert; she is an Associate Partner at EY’s London office where she leads the Contentious Valuations team. She is also the co-founder and co-author of the UK M&A Yearbook BVB Insights: Data and analysis on UK private company multiples. She has over 19 years of valuation experience and has produced hundreds of expert witness reports for contentious valuation assignments (both High Court and International Arbitration) in London, New York, and Australia, and for many overseas jurisdictions including BVI, Western and Eastern Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mark Lim
Mark Lim Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Lewis Silkin

Mark heads up the Dispute Resolution group and specialises in the resolution of complex commercial disputes. Much of his work has an international focus and works regularly with lawyers from different jurisdictions. Mark has extensive experience of international and domestic litigation, including at appellate level. Mark is Vice Chair of The City of London Law Society's Litigation Committee and also a member of International Bar Association's Litigation Committee.

Hayley Boxall
Hayley Boxall Partner, Pinsent Masons

Hayley is a Partner who qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte and has specialised in forensic accounting since 2000 also working at EY. She has a wide range of experience of dispute resolution including contract disputes, loss of profits claims, post-acquisition and completion accounts disputes and breach of warranty claims. Hayley provides pre-completion advice in respect of the drafting of completion accounts provisions, earn out mechanisms and financial warranties within sale and purchase agreements.

Lesley Anderson
Lesley Anderson QC Gatehouse Chambers

Lesley practises in all aspects of chancery and commercial disputes especially those involving companies, corporate and personal insolvency, professional negligence and commercial property. She was recently named as one of The Chambers 100 UK Bar which ranked the top 100 silks practising in England & Wales and described as: “Combines approachability, technical ability and excellent tactical judgement”.

Francesca Burfield
Francesca Burfield Barrister, Bond Solon

Francesca was called to the Bar in 1987. Since then Francesca has practiced in general common law sets of Chambers. Francesca has been involved in trials in the Magistrates’ Court, the County Court, the Crown Court and the High Court. The types of cases Francesca has been involved in include fraud, and numerous Theft Act offences. Francesca was a pupil mistress for eight years at Chambers; she was responsible for the recruitment of pupils and their overall advocacy training. She was also involved in preparing and presenting seminars to solicitors in all aspects of common law.

Tim Crockford
Tim Crockford Partner, Clyde & Co

Tim helps clients to manage risk and resolve disputes. He provides clear, no nonsense commercial advice on risk management, helping clients to avoid liabilities and disputes arising in the first place and, if they do arise, advising on the most cost-effective method of concluding them.


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Feedback from previous attendees of ICAEW events.

As always, this conference is an enjoyable way to gain technical knowledge and updates in relevant areas of law and accountancy.

Previous attendee ICAEW Forensic and Expert Witness Conference

This was one of the best organised online events I have attended this year, with hardly any timing or technology issues.

Previous attendee ICAEW Forensic and Expert Witness Conference

The conference was fantastic, with engaging speakers and clear talks full of interesting information. The speakers were well selected and presented a range of specific topics.

Previous attendee ICAEW Forensic and Expert Witness Conference

A comprehensive update on Forensic Accounting developments - well balanced subjects presented by people with credibility.

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