Expert Witness Services
Unfortunately disputes involving money are an inherent part of life and business. Parties in dispute often need an expert witness to provide an objective opinion. Given the stakes involved, your dispute deserves an expert who has broad commercial experience and excellent communication skills. Our expert witness services are a key element of any process where quantum rests at the heart of the dispute.
Members of the Deloitte Forensic team have a significant amount of experience in the provision of independent expert witness evidence (both written and oral). The forum for these services has ranged from commercial negotiations between two parties, commercial litigation, family law, arbitration, expert determination, and multi-party class actions.
Our team of specialists has extensive experience in advising clients and their legal teams in a wide variety of disputes. Drawing on our deep expert witness, accounting, financial analysis, loss quantification, and discovery & analytics capabilities, we give our clients insight and understanding at different stages of a contentious matter.
To provide the most authoritative expert evidence, we provide access to the largest professional services network in the world giving you unrivalled breadth of discipline, industry and subject matter expertise that may be required in a dispute.
Our dedicated forensic accounting team are experienced in dispute processes and the requirements of written and oral evidence. By deploying specialist industry or subject matter expertise (where required) supported by our dispute specialists, we are able to combine Deloitte’s collective expertise, experience and judgement to create well-articulated points of view for use in dispute resolution.
Dispute Advisory Services
We provide dispute advisory services to our clients and assist them in protecting the value and reputation of business by addressing serious issues before they turn into crises.
The traditional approach to the case management process puts significant pressure on the time of senior stakeholders assessing the initial merits of a case and searching for relevant documentation.
With the significant majority of legal disputes resolved out of Court, new methods are vital to enable a timely assess the commercial impact of a disputed matter on a business. Working directly with clients and their legal advisors, our disputes and forensic technology experts can assist with the identification and extraction of critical documents, organisation and analysis of both structured data (such as databases and enterprise systems) and unstructured data (such as email messages and audio files), computer assisted review and assessment of evidence available in support of quantum claims.
Working alongside client’s legal counsel as expert advisors, our disputes professionals can provide valuable insight into the appropriate data for quantum claims, alternative scenarios and assessment of realistic quantum. Oftentimes, we also act in an advisory capacity either ahead of, or in parallel to, the appointment of another independent expert, as our clients often find it advantageous to explore elements of the claim in this way and ensure that the independent expert is properly instructed and briefed as efficiently as possible. These capabilities mean organisations are better able to prioritise efforts and resources across cases at the early stage.
Forensic Accounting Investigations
Unexpected financial results, financial misstatement, missing assets and suspected fraud are all common triggers for accounting investigations which require going beyond the financial statements to establish the facts.
Whether we’re investigating accounting “black hole” irregularities, asset impairments, complicated accounting schemes, discrepancies in the results of a subsidiary or concerns from an investor as to how an investment has performed, we apply our exceptional knowledge and skills to each individual case.
Not only can we investigate intricate accounting issues, but we can also advise clients on professional negligence claims, commercial disputes and other litigation matters related to accounting issues. We are highly practised at developing and implementing enhancements to internal accounting policies and procedures, as well as the associated internal controls, so as to reduce the risk of future errors or irregularities.