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Professional Description:

Expert Witness services in commercial disputes, matrimonial disputes and investigations in the UK and internationally


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6th Floor Bank House
Cherry Street
West Midlands
B2 5AL
Alternate Address:
2nd Floor, Regis House
45 King William Street
Area of work:

We operate nationwide and internationally with offices across the UK


Our team of forensic accounting professionals, which is formed of forensic accountants from other top ten firms, provides businesses and their advisors with a comprehensive range of forensic accounting and fraud-related services.  

Our services include, inter alia:
• Commercial disputes;
• Criminal proceedings.
• Matrimonial disputes; and
• Investigations.

Our experts will work closely with your legal team and will advise principally on matters of quantum, whether we are acting on behalf of the claimant or the respondent. We may also be appointed by both parties, as a single joint expert.

We uphold the highest levels of professionalism and rigour, and the breadth of expertise across the Azets group allows us to draw upon the expertise of other specialists as required.

We regularly prepare, or review the accuracy and reasonableness of, detailed financial analyses created to support criminal prosecutions. We have experience across a number of offences including theft, fraud, wrongful trading, money laundering and tax evasion. Our reports are always impartial, clear and cost effective. We act for both prosecution and defence.

The division of assets in divorce proceedings can be emotional and complex. Our forensic accounting team has extensive experience in dealing with these difficult and sensitive cases. We use our expertise to value business assets such as shareholdings in private companies, and to identify how the funds may be extracted from the business. We also work with our tax colleagues to ensure we thoroughly address all implications.

Our Forensic team have prepared FPR and CPR compliant expert reports and given evidence in court.

Our experts
James Hamilton

James is an experienced forensic accountant practicing in the North of England, having held senior positions at a number of top tier UK accounting firms.

He has specialised as a forensic accountancy practitioner since 1999, conducting investigations into fraud and accounting irregularities and assisting clients involved in a range of commercial and family disputes involving litigation, international arbitration, mediation and expert determination. He has given expert witness evidence under cross examination.

Paul Barwick
Paul leads the forensic accounting practice for Azets in London. Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with 14 years of experience in forensic accounting, having spent over seven years in the forensic team at a top 10 UK accountancy firm and, prior to that, six years at a US forensic boutique.

Although Paul has a wide range of forensic experience, the majority of his work involves the quantification of damages following contractual / warranty breaches, shareholder and partnership disputes, business interruption claims, matrimonial disputes and contentious valuations. Paul has been instructed as expert by dispute resolution lawyers in the context of both litigation and arbitration on a number of occasions and has also provided oral testimony.

Martin Chapman
Martin leads the forensic accounting practice in the Midlands. He has specialised in forensic accountancy since 2005 working at a top ten accountancy practice.

Martin has been involved in a variety of forensic and investigation assignments including: investigations into allegations of fraud and other financial irregularities; asset tracing; business interruption and loss of profit; commercial disputes; business valuations; insurance claims and disputes and transaction disputes.

Azets  combine a full suite of practical accountancy and business advisory services with top-level insight. With 3,500 experts across the UK, we’re uniquely placed to take your daily hassles off your hands, but also use our deep working knowledge of your business and your sector to help you improve, adapt and grow.

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