Our expert witness services can enable the resolution of disputes without litigation, or provide highly valuable, informed opinions in court cases. Independent and reliable, the expertise and professionalism our accountants bring to each case provide our clients with confidence even in difficult situations.
What does an expert witness do?
Where there has been a contractual dispute, our accountants act as expert determiners. They meet with both parties to gain an understanding of the case and gather information, and then provide an independent opinion on what they believe is the best solution.
During both civil and criminal court cases involving accounting issues, the judge may require an expert witness to provide information or analysis. This may include valuing a business, preparing accounts, or determining the tax consequences of selling or transferring assets.
In some cases, each party has their own expert, while in others, a single joint expert is appointed to deal with the whole case. An expert witness produces a full written report in compliance with the relevant legal frameworks, including Family Procedure Rules. Their judgments, though not legally binding, are a highly valued supporting opinion in the cases they work on.
Why choose Rayner Essex for expert witness work?
Rayner Essex Partner Darren Hill plays a key role within our expert witness service and the area is a specialism for him. Darren is an associate member of the Academy of Experts and accredited specialist member of Resolution, as an advisor on matrimonial financial matters. Both of these nationally recognised organisations require members to meet extremely stringent standards, including significant professional experience and references from previous cases. Our clients can therefore have the utmost confidence in the work Darren does and the service he leads.
As a firm, we collaborate with a wide network of law firms and have extensive experience working with all kinds of clients, including large national and international corporate clients, small businesses, partnerships, and private individuals.
Which matters do expert witnesses deal with?
- Matrimonial disputes and divorce
- Corporate and business matters — shareholder and partnership disputes, fraud Investigation, business valuations
- Contractual disputes
- Professional negligence issues
- Deceased estates
While it covers many of the kinds of work expert witnesses may undertake, this list is not exhaustive. If you aren’t sure if a matter requires the involvement of an expert witness, or want to know how we can help you, please contact us, or get in touch with our team members directly.
How long does the expert witness process take?
This depends on the complexity of the case, the quantity of work involved and the kind of reporting required. At the outset the timetable is discussed and agreed by all parties and clients are provided with regular updates throughout the process.
How much do expert witness services cost?
Costs will also depend on the details of the individual case and the work required of the expert witness. However, at Rayner Essex, we offer an initial meeting free of charge, where we can discuss your case with you and determine what help we can offer.
After an initial meeting, a fee quotation is given based on standard hourly rates. Prices, and any changes to them, will always be discussed and agreed with you in advance.
How experienced are Rayner Essex’s expert witnesses?
Darren Hill, who is responsible for our expert witness service, has 15 years of experience acting for entrepreneurs, owner-managed businesses and international groups. These include, but are not limited to, clients in the property development and investment, technology, leisure and financial services sectors.