Expert Witness Services

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 and 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.

FAQs

To learn more, and find out how our expert witness service can help you, please contact one of our offices in London and St Albans.

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