The conference is the primary opportunity for UK forensic accountants and expert witnesses to come together for technical updates, to learn about developments relevant to forensic accounting and network with others in the industry.
A combination of highly relevant primary sessions and the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist breakouts means that the day is highly relevant to anyone practising in the forensic accounting arena.
Delegates will have the opportunity to keep up to date with recent changes in the framework for forensic accountants and relevant cases and obtain feedback from lawyers as to how they perceive forensic accountants.
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Welcome addressVikki Wall, Partner, Haberman Ilett
ICAEW WelcomeWilliam Brooks, Vice President, ICAEW
Keynote address - Expert witnesses: use and abuseRichard Boulton QC practises across a broad range of general commercial litigation, with particular emphasis upon investor/state claims, financial disputes and complex damages. He will be providing invaluable insights from his unique point of view as a counsel who regularly cross examines experts whilst having extensive experience himself of practising as an accounting expert in both English and international commercial disputes.Richard Boulton QC
Panel DiscussionJohn Fisher, Partner, PwCChris Makin, Forensic accountant & expert witnessGervase MacGregor, Head of Advisory,BDOKathryn Britten, Managing Director, AlixPartners
Breakout session one
1. Challenging issues in business valuationSandra will cover a number of topics she encounters in both her forensic and commercial valuation work, and provide guidance on practical and supportable ways of dealing with these in Expert reports. Her presentation will cover:- dealing with hindsight in historical business valuations- discounts for lack of marketability (restricted stock studies and more)- valuation of tech start-ups: applying valuation principles to the tech start-up world: key issues and getting benchmark information- recent examples of dealing with tricky valuation issuesSandra Mossios, Director in Forensic and Investigation Services, BVB
2. Legal privilege – what you need to knowAndrew will cover the latest findings on legal privilege, particularly in respect of internal investigations and forensic accountants’ reviews.Andrew Northage, Partner, Walker Morris LLP
3. Protecting your company from fraud – by the Fraud and Financial Crime division of Lloyds BankLloyds Bank will share a live case study of a fraud attack along with key advice on how to stay protected from the growing threat of fraud. This session will help you to reflect on your businesses fraud controls and cover the key actions to take should you experience a fraud attack.Donna Dimmack, Lloyds
Your impact in court
Experts - how the delivery of your evidence can win or lose a case. An interactive discussion on tone of voice and how you deliver your evidence with tips on other non-verbal cues. How these skills can translate into day to day business life and an explanation of how to succeed at hot tubbing.
Sarah Jackson, IBB Solicitors
Optional lunch session: Tech readiness, the future of the world of work, and associated inferences for Forensic.The Hays “What Workers Want” (WWW) report is unique in the industry. Having focused before on emotive drivers (WWW 2017) and the applicant journey (WWW 2018), our new, 3rd report focuses on “tech readiness” and the future of the world of work. We will discuss key findings (eg.the future is now) and how ready to firms feel they are to deal with change. Do we fear or face automation? Skillset versus mindset? We will then drill down on the effects of automation on supply into the Forensic industry. For example:
Businesses are not always selling technical advancements, yet nearly half of applicants cite these as an attraction difference – we will discuss how this can be addressed. Overall, our aim in this session is to help inform and empower you to both embrace and capitalise on technological change.Louise Bridge and Karen Young, Hays
Interactive session – Social Engineering workshop
Step into the shoes of a hacker and learn about social engineering- the biggest threat to your staff in this one-hour interactive workshop. You will work in teams to gather intelligence on your target company and its staff then craft convincing spear phishing emails to execute your attack. This workshop has been designed to teach you the art of “adversarial thinking”- thinking like a hacker to identify where you and your clients are vulnerable. You will be left with simple tips to make yourself and your clients more secure against this rapidly growing threat.
Lisa Forte, Red Goat Cyber Security
1. Legal Update – Criminal Eve Giles, Partner, Allen & Overy
2. Legal Update – Matrimonial Amber Sheridan, Barrister, 29 Bedford Row
1. Mediation - The Role of Accountants as Experts or Parties and how to avoid being both at the same timeThis talk will cover the important differences in the role as expert in mediation as opposed to other forms of dispute resolution, and how to maximise the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of mediation as expert and participant generally.Laurence Cobb, Director, Dove Professional Services Ltd and In House Mediator, Global Mediation Ltd.
2. Investigating economic crimeThis talk will cover recent trends in investigations and how to act quickly and decisively, with the help of dedicated technology, to reduce the monetary and reputational effect of economic crime.Kate Woollen and Robin Clough, Deloitte
3. Advanced Valuation TechniquesThis session addresses 3 key issues in contested valuations, which invariably lead to disagreements between appraisers:
Legal Update – Civil/Cases An exploration of the current litigation landscape and recent cases impacting the role of expert witnessesTim Crockford, Partner, Clyde & Co
Chairman's closing remarks
Vikki Wall is a partner at Haberman Ilett with over 20 years’ experience as a forensic accountant focusing on work as an expert witness. She has been the testifying expert in cases before the UK Courts and international arbitration tribunals on a variety of accounting and financial issues.
Vikki specialises in evaluating quantum in commercial and contractual disputes (including loss of profits and misrepresentation claims), investment treaty disputes, transaction-related disputes, valuation disputes and in professional negligence claims.
William Brooks graduated in Economics from Lancaster University Management School and completed his ACA training in 1980 with Dearden Farrow. He then joined Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG) where he stayed for five years, specialising in banking and securities work. Will then made his career in the City of London, rising to become CFO of a clearing member of the London Stock Exchange.He established his consulting firm in the City in 1991, providing business planning, corporate finance advisory and fund management services under FSA regulation. He is also an NED and now specialises in governance and corporate strategy.Will has been involved with ICAEW since 2000. He served for nine years as an examiner for the Advanced Case Study and from 2007 to 2011 as a member of the Disciplinary Committee. In 2009/10, Will was President of the London Society of Chartered Accountants. He was elected to ICAEW Council in 2011 and to the Board in 2016.He will serve as ICAEW President from June 2021.
Richard Boulton spent 20 years with Arthur Andersen, including 11 years as a partner. He spent three years (1997-2000) as the number-two executive, responsible for over 70,000 people worldwide. He has been instructed as an expert on damages in over 300 litigations, including many of the world’s largest commercial disputes. He has given oral evidence on approximately 60 occasions in the English High Court, Copyright Tribunal and over 30 international arbitration tribunals
Mr Boulton re-trained as a barrister after leaving Arthur Andersen and is in practice at the Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC, One Essex Court. He has particular expertise in matters involving expert witnesses, and has cross examined experts across a range of disciplines (engineering, banking, accountancy, environmental waste, shipping, share valuation, economics).
Chris Makin is accredited by ICAEW as a forensic accountant and by The Academy of Experts as an expert witness, a mediator and an expert determiner. He is a mediator member of the Chartered Arbitrators. He served for 14 years on the committee of the Forensic Community and the Support Member Steering Group and for 6 years on the Ethics Advisory Committee, and he is a fellow of The Academy of Experts and an examiner there for higher level qualifications. After a long career as a partner in national firms, he “retired” to his back bedroom but didn’t stop. He has vast experience in a huge range of civil, family and criminal cases as expert witness and mediator, but in old age having made his million (not!) he is more interested in helping younger members climb the ladder of forensic accountancy.
Sandra Mossios is an Director in Forensic and Investigation Services - Contentious Valuations division of Grant Thornton UK, and has over 19 years of professional experience. Sandra is also a co-founder and co-author at Business Valuation Benchmarks Ltd which publishes an annual M&A yearbook. For the last 14 years, she has specialised in valuation and forensic accounting across a range of industries in the UK, the USA and Australia. She has been involved in valuing shares, businesses, hybrid securities, options, deferred consideration and intellectual property, for commercial, forensic and tax purposes. Sandra gained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the American Society of Appraisers. Sandra is UK Senior Vice President of the American Society of Appraisers European Chapter.
Kathryn Britten trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a predecessor of PwC. She has been a partner at both BDO and KPMG and is now a Managing Director at AlixPartners. She has specialised in forensic accounting and dispute consulting services for the last 25 years and has more than 40 years’ experience in the accounting profession. She carries out financial and regulatory investigations and provides expert witness and dispute resolution services including expert determination.
Kathryn is engaged in disputes concerning financial accounting and auditing issues as well as quantum and damages calculations. Throughout her career she has worked across a very wide range of industries and sectors. Kathryn’s experience includes disputes arising from M&A transactions, joint ventures and shareholder disputes, completion accounts disputes, claims for breach of warranty, misrepresentation, breach of contract and loss of profit, competition matters, fraudulent accounting, regulatory investigations, professional malpractice and negligence and insurance claims. She has worked with law firms in the United Kingdom and across Europe, in the Far East and in the United States, on cases involving entities in the UK and Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, India, Africa, the United States and South America.
Kathryn became a Fellow of the Academy of Experts in 2006. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, has trained as a mediator with CEDR, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She has recently been appointed to the board of the London Chamber of Arbitration.
Kathryn is a member of the Council of the ICAEW, past Chairman of the ICAEW’s forensic and expert witness special interest group, past Vice-Chairman of its Commercial Board and past Chairman of its Audit Committee.”
Sarah Jackson read law at the London School of Economics from 1996 to 1999, and obtained her Legal Practice Course from the College of Law in 2001. She trained at Fox Williams before moving to BP Collins upon qualification in 2003. Sarah joined IBB in 2010. Sarah is a Senior Solicitor specialising in commercial dispute resolution. Sarah has a particular interest in Companies Act disputes and insolvency. She is a skilled mediation advocate and firmly endorses a holistic dispute resolution approach to litigation whilst sustaining an excellent track record at trial or interim applications. Sarah regularly provides training to other professionals and clients, and delivers witness familiarisation training to professional experts and lay clients who are giving evidence in Court or Arbitration. Ranked as a Star Associate in Chambers & Partners in 2019 and 2018 and an Associate to Watch in 2017; and as a Next Generation Lawyer by Legal 500 in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Karen Young is a Director and recruiting expert at Hays Accountancy & Finance. She provides strategic leadership to a team of over 400 accountancy and finance recruitment professionals across nearly 100 UK offices. With 22 years of finance recruitment experience, Karen has a track record of recruiting top finance talent for businesses across a range of industry sectors, and is a trusted industry voice on recruitment, career planning and market insights.
Louise Bridge is a longstanding specialist recruiter within Corporate Advisory, underpinned by a background in General Practice recruitment. She set up the London Corporate Advisory recruitment function for Hays in 2002 and has run it or advised into it ever since. Her own portfolio focus is on Forensic Accounting and Insolvency/Restructuring. She has a highly competitive, long-established and proven track-record recruiting from newly-qualified conversion level up to and including Director/Partner. Longstanding knowledge of her clients’ culture and direction mean that many of her placements are strategic, "off the grid" introductions. Her aim is always to help build firms as well as careers.
Lisa Forte is an expert in the human side of cyber security and social engineering. In 2018 she won the “Top 100 Women In Tech” Awards recognising her achievements and contributions to the cyber security industry. Lisa began her career in counter-terrorism intelligence for a UK Government agency before moving into one of the UK Police Cyber-Crime Units dealing with serious cybercrime cases both in the UK and abroad. Lisa founded Red Goat Cyber Security in 2017 to teach companies about the methodologies used by cyber criminals. Her areas of expertise include social engineering, the psychology of persuasion, insider threats and rehearsing for a cyber-attack.
Amber Sheridan's practice covers all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on matrimonial finance and disputes involving children (including Schedule 1 provision and relocation cases). Amber has a particular interest in cases with a foreign element, and has appeared as a junior in a number of complex, high value Part III MPFA 1984 cases. Amber was a shortlisted Young Family Barrister of the Year in 2012 and was featured in Spear’s Wealth as a “rising star” of family law.
Eve Giles, Partner and Allen & Overy 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, construction and engineering. She specialises in corporate crime cases including international and domestic corruption, cartels, insider dealing, market abuse, fraud and extradition. She is an experienced criminal trial litigator and has defended a number of cases at trial against the SFO, FCA, CPS and OFT (predecessor to the CMA).
Laurence Cobb has sat as mediator in a large number and variety of disputes and has also attended many mediations over the years as a party representative. As a mediator, Laurence has experience in disputes relating to the construction and engineering sector, real estate sector, commercial contracts, company and shareholder disagreements, insolvency, international disputes, professional negligence, probate and estate disputes and the retail sector. He has also sat as mediator in a large number of education sector disputes. Laurence has specialised in construction and engineering law since 1986 and has over 30 years of advocacy experience and in excess of 25 years’ experience in contract management in the field of construction law, commercial disputes and professional negligence. He was on the executive board at Taylor Wessing and was responsible for the management and delivery of the last office move and running an international office. He retired from Taylor Wessing LLP in March 2019 to focus on his mediation practice via Dove Professional Services Ltd.
Robin Clough’s career spans 25 years starting in 1994 as a data analyst supporting external audits. He currently works in Deloitte Forensic Technology as a Technical Director overseeing engagements where technology is being deployed to assist with insights and efficiency.
Tim Crockford is a partner in the Professional and Financial Disputes team at Clyde & Co. He works on a wide range of contractual and tortious disputes (often with an international element) and has particular experience acting for clients in the financial, accounting and professional services sectors. In addition to High Court litigation, Tim has considerable experience advising clients in relation to regulatory investigations (particularly by the Financial Reporting Council) and understands well the reputational issues which can arise. He has experience in all forms of dispute resolution including international arbitration disputes in the LCIA and ICC as well as mediation.
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