FORENSIC ACCOUNTING

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EXPERT WITNESS SERVICES

BUSINESS VALUATIONS

 

When your client needs an independent business valuation, we are here to offer expert accounting advice, reports and support.


Business valuations can be triggered by the courts for many reasons; divorce, shareholder disputes, tax valuations, etc. When that happens, you need an independent financial analysis which you can trust.


With over a decade of accredited experience, over fifty completed valuations and countless expert witness court appearances, our Senior Partner Richard Stonier and his team are the ideal choice to help you quickly respond to the directions of the court.

HOW OUR SERVICE HELPS YOU

 

As the legal representative of one of the parties, you want to ensure a fair and equitable business valuation which accurately represents the current condition and future potential of the business.  Our service can help you achieve this in the following way:

We give a solid, fair and balanced judgement including reasoned explanations of the expert's opinions

We can provide you with support beyond the submission of the report, so you are completely clear about the implications of the opinions

Our reports are presented in a clear and concise format making it easy for you to understand even the most technical financial information and conclusions

We will work to your timescales, so you have access to the critical information when you need it.  We have a 100% achievement of submitting reports to the agreed deadline

Our logical analysis is sufficiently reasoned to create a robust testimony during court appearances ensuring the strength of the case is not undermined

We are also able to provide general tax advice including Capital Gains Tax reports which can be particularly valuable when working with matrimonial cases

HOW OUR SERVICE HELPS YOUR CLIENT
 

Your client is looking for a business valuation that is independent, fair and well reasoned and reflects the current conditions and future potential of the business.  Our service can help you achieve this in the following way: 

We adopt a logical, clear approach including site visits in many cases and work hard to fully understand the business.  Our reports are detailed and presented in a format that makes them easy to follow and refer to.

As well as forming a detailed understanding of the business we also make use of a range of third party data sources to both add weight to our opinions and to provide wider industry understanding and outlook.

We know what questions to ask to form a detailed understanding of the business.  We do not simply sit behind a desk - we perform site visits and talk to relevant parties.

We perform a quality service, produce a quality report and comply to your timescales - all for a fair fee.  Our fee structure is clear and transparent with no surprises!

In all of our dealings we are professional and non-judgemental.  We show empathy and understanding in what we appreciate is often a stressful time for your client.

We act with independence, integrity and impartiality at all times.  We are experienced in dealing with all sorts of interested parties in transactions and know how to identify, ignore and deal with bias and strong opinions.

HOW WE DELIVER OUR SERVICE

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An information request list is submitted to the legal team[s] to establish the baseline financial data.  This includes (but is not limited to) the following:


 

 

We then visit the business with a set of standard and specific questions.  This delivers soft intelligence about the business, its past and present condition as well as its plans and growth capabilities.  Our standard list includes over forty sections covering every aspect of the business’s activity ranging from SWOT analysis to its relationship with HMRC. 

We offer both parties the opportunity to meet with us so they can evaluate the information we have collated. This allows for complete transparency in the process and gives a ‘right of reply’ to either party over any aspect of the valuation.  We then minute any disputed points in the report so these can be considered during the settlement process. 

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financial and management accounts

corporation and self-assessment tax returns

aged debtors and creditors reports

cash flow forecasts and analyses, etc

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We deepen the analysis by researching the business’s marketplace to provide comparative and contrasting data which gives a frame of reference for the valuation.  We use a combination of industry reports and market analysis of similar businesses to ensure our opinions are appropriately contextualised. 


Finally, we construct a detailed report that follows an approved structure and delivers the findings in a clear, concise and ordered format. 

TIMESCALES

 
Assuming all data is available the report will be completed within three weeks of the site visit (although it may be possible to complete sooner, schedule permitting).

Our reports are structured to enable you to easily follow and understand our findings and opinions. A typical report structure is as follows:  

REPORTS

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Instructions and Disclosure of Interest

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The facts on which the Expert's Opinion is based

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Expert's Declaration and Appendices

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Background to Dispute and the Issue

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Technical Investigation

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The Expert's Opinion

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Summary of Conclusions

TECHNICAL SUPPORT


If there is any aspect of the business valuation you need clarifying we are here to offer that additional support to help you conclude the case as quickly as possible.  We can deliver the support via email, telephone or Zoom conferencing as needed.

LEGAL TEAM CONSULTATION


For more complex cases there are occasions when legal teams need direct consultation time with us, before a court appearance, for example.  This can be to help formulate your case and deepen your understanding whilst simultaneously providing clarification where necessary.

MEETING OF EXPERTS


There are occasions when experts don’t agree.  In these instances, a “meeting of experts” is convened to work through any points of difference.  This can be advantageous in both resolving the valuation differences and making the court appearances more efficient and productive by only focusing the cross-examination on those areas of disagreement.  Such meetings can even avert the need for the case to go to court. 

COURT APPEARANCE

 
Our expert witness, Richard Stonier has been engaged to appear at a number of court cases across the UK.  Richard’s capacity to articulate the valuation opinion in a 
non-technical, logical and dispassionate manner under 
cross-examination makes him an ideal expert witness.  And because our reports are analytical and thorough, Richard can defend and substantiate the reasoning, coherence and findings of the valuation in a clear and rigorous way.

ADDITIONAL JUDICIAL REQUIREMENTS


Should the Court require any further action or analysis our team is on hand to efficiently handle any requests. 
(Please note that the report is provided at a fixed fee. All other support, consultations and court time is chargeable at our hourly rate and subject to the usual expenses).

FEES


Our report fees vary according to the complexity and size of the business and the report requirements but typically range between £750 to £5,000. 
Additional support and court appearances are charged at our normal rate of £200/hour.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY 

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Hurricane Court

Hurricane Close

Stafford

ST16 1GZ

T: 01785 258 311

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