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Why do I need a Forensic Accountant?

Corporate criminal stealing business documents

Forensic accountants are called upon to help in many situations:

  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Divorce Cases – assessing assets and liabilities
  • Professional Negligence claims
  • Personal Injury Claims
  • Insurance Claims – Business interruption and loss of profit
  • Fraud Investigations
  • Criminal Investigations

Often Solicitors will appoint Forensic Accountants and obtain quotes from several accountants before making a recommendation to their client.

CIMA Accountants are well suited to Forensic Accounting because of their business experience and analytical skills.

Divorce is a growth area for Forensic Accounting as its common for both parties to value assets and liabilities in different ways, to resolve this in some cases accountants will be jointly appointed by both parties.

The process is normally as follows:

  1. The Solicitor issues instructions to the Accountant
  2. The Accountant reads the brief, investigates the information supplied and searches for undisclosed information (for example Land Registry, Companies House, Internet etc)
  3. The Accountant requests further information via the solicitor
  4. Appropriate calculations are carried out
  5. A report is prepared which can be presented to the Court

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