Litigation Support

Litigation support can be defined as any professional assistance that non-lawyers provide to lawyers (or other parties) in the litigation process. It involves forensic accounting, investigative accounting, auditing and tax determinations, provision of expert testimony, or financial valuations in dispute situations. Sometimes the assignment has not reached a litigation stage and we are asked to intercede in an attempt to resolve a situation.

Our commitment to you

Many assignments in litigation support are the result of a dispute between various parties. We ensure that our scoping of each assignment takes in, where possible, the concerns of all parties and whether strategies can be developed to ensure a fair outcome for all. Where this is not possible, for example, where we are acting strictly for one party, we continue to remain impartial and unbiased.

Many of the assignments are extremely confidential, particularly in the early stages, and we go to great lengths to protect that confidentiality.

Types of Assignments undertaken

The circumstances surrounding these types of assignments, usually relating to a dispute between parties, requires therefore that the scope and expected outcomes are very clearly defined and agreed to by the parties. We are conscious that our reports may be used in Court proceedings and we adhere strictly to the codes of conduct established by the major Courts in Australia, including the Supreme Court, Family Court and District Court. The work that can be carried out as part of the litigation support area includes:

  • Dispute resolution between parties;
  • Business valuations;
  • Review of financial systems and data and subsequent reporting;
  • Reconstruction of financial data;
  • Independent opinions or reports;
  • Expert Witness in Court proceedings
  • Financial and Fraud investigations

Some of the assignments undertaken over the last few years include:

  • Dispute resolution between shareholders – small retail franchise, where shareholders had diverse opinions as to the worth of the business. Business valuation was conducted, followed by attempts at mediation with the parties.
  • Fraud Investigation – claim by major creditor and shareholder against an insolvency practitioner for alleged misuse of company funds. Assignment included forensic review of cash transactions and identification of specific transactions.

References are available on request.