Partner – Head of Disputes
Simon heads the Disputes practice of Deloitte Forensic in the UK, in addition to leading our Forensic business outside London. Simon's experience as a forensic accountant covers a wide range of matters, over a period of some 20 years. He has extensive experience as a quantum expert in respect of loss of profit and damages claims and has given evidence in the UK Courts, as well as in International Arbitration proceedings.
In addition, Simon has significant investigations experience stemming from accounting manipulation, alleged corruption and misappropriation of funds. Simon is a chartered accountant.
Disputes – examples
- Assessed the losses suffered by a Beirut hotel operator following the termination of a 20-year management agreement. This assignment involved analysis of brand characteristics of different hotel groups, consideration of local market forces and evaluation of profit forecasts prepared at different phases of the project’s development.
- Acted as the expert to a tribunal in an LCIA arbitration to assess the production costs of a petroleum additive manufactured by a speciality chemicals business.
- Acted as a single joint expert in proceedings in the UK to value a minority interest in a retail business with an enterprise value of over £1 billion.
Investigations – examples
- Led an accounting investigation at a FTSE listed technology company, in relation to the alleged manipulation of revenue recognition in connection with a long-term contract. The assignment involved liaison with the UK Financial Services Authority.
- Led an investigation at a FTSE listed lending business, in relation to the alleged manipulation of customer accounts in order to mask bad and doubtful debts. The investigation led to balance sheet write downs approaching £800 million. The assignment involved liaison with the UK Financial Services Authority.
- Led an investigation into allegations of corruption and procurement irregularities for a local government authority. The investigation involved the consideration of the procurement of capital and repairs works across a six-year period and involved interviewing 40 staff.