Detailed forensic accounting analysis and reporting can be the cornerstone of the evidence in a commercial dispute. We understand how the legal profession operates and what the critical requirements are for different case types.
Our highly experienced team aim to provide litigators with the specialist support necessary to give them a superior position in the management of a case. Amongst our staff we have highly qualified accountants who are focused upon the provision of accounting expertise in relation to the resolution of financial disputes. They have specific experience of providing expert evidence before the High Court, First-tier Tribunal and Family Courts.
In addition, the depth of commercial resource available to our team enables us to incorporate real world industry specific knowledge into our work to deliver compelling evidence that is commercially focused and to add clarity to our conclusions.
Key areas of experience include:
- Loss of profits
- Unfair prejudice
- Share purchase agreement and completion account disputes (including acting as expert determiner)
- Breach of warranty
- Shares and intellectual property valuation
- Contentious estates, wills and probate disputes
- Professional negligence
- Compulsory purchase order
- Investigations into contentious insolvency and allegations of fraud, money laundering and bribery and corruption
- Investigation into accounting irregularities.
Services are provided on the following bases:
Early Case Assessment
We provide a cost effective service to consider the potential merits of a case, giving consideration to both the issues in dispute and quantum; this can be utilised during initial appraisal of the matter, in preparing the letter of claim, without prejudice discussions, settlement negotiations or to review counterparty submissions.
These services allow an instructing solicitor or barrister to understand fully the strength of their client’s position, potential loss situations and, hence, to plan persuasive arguments or counter proposals from a position of enhanced knowledge.
We act as single or jointly appointed expert or ‘shadow’ expert, as required. Our senior partners are some of the most highly qualified within our profession, have experience of making submissions to and appearing before the court or tribunal, and provide robust evidence when cross examined.
Reporting is commercially focused and based around supportable evidence rather than opinion; it is clear, concise and, most importantly, easily understood by non-financial experts.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
We have experience of mediation and arbitration, working with parties in dispute to understand fully the commercial realities of the situation with the intention of bringing the parties together to reach a mutually acceptable position.
25th June 2020
Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance in Yorkshire and North East has advised Bayfields Opticians and Audiologists on its investment from BGF. Bayfields was founded in 2004 by optometrist Royston Bayfield and has its head office in Esholt. It has grown to 19 practices, including sites in County Durham, Lancashire, Hampshire, Surrey and Yorkshire, with 13 sites … Continued