At a conference of expert witnesses earlier this month, an anonymous survey conducted by organisers Bond Solon found 54% of experts, one fifth of whom were forensic accountants, say lawyers do not encourage them to be independent.
More than one in ten admit solicitors have asked them to alter their opinion to improve their chances of winning.
But forensic accountant Alex Brown, of Moores Rowland, did not agree with these findings, saying ‘Nobody has suggested a change to my report that couldn’t be supported.’
Brown’s views were echoed by forensic accountants at PKF, who said large established law firms usually do their best to ensure witnesses know their duty is to the court, as established by the Woolf reforms in 1999.
However, Brown said when his findings don’t support the lawyer’s claim, his report does not make it into court.
The second largest improvement in ‘significant’ levels of financial distress since the EU Referendum was in professional services, found research from Begbies Traynor
Two new audit partners have been appointed at the firm BDO in its audit practice following continued growth and investment
Investment in people, tech and businesses impacts on EY's profit per partner figure
If businesses do not take cyber security seriously in their business planning regulators may do it for them, the ICAEW has warned