ICAEW forensic accounting group appoints new chair and deputy

GAVIN PEARSON, a partner at forensic accounting firm HSNO, has been appointed as the new chair of the ICAEW’s forensic accounting and expert witness special interest group.

Pearson [pictured], formerly vice-chair of the group from 2011 until now, is an experienced forensic accountant and expert witness whose work includes contractual disputes, professional negligence claims, warranty disputes and fraud investigations. He became an HSNO partner in 2014, having previously been a partner at RSM Tenon and Baker Tilly.

“The forensic accounting and expert witness market continues to grow and evolve, presenting new challenges for those practicing in this area,” said Pearson. “I look forward to working with the ICAEW and the committee to meet the needs of forensic accounting practitioners and expert witnesses over the coming years.”

The group is responsible for the institute’s thought leadership in forensic accounting and supports new members and established practitioners.

Meeting four times a year, the group is recognised for having introduced a system of accreditation of expert witnesses, increasingly recognised as the pre-eminent standard for accountancy expert witnesses.

The role of vice-chair is being filled by Milsted Langdon forensic accounting partner, Roger Isaacs.

In 2010, Isaacs became one of the first in the UK to qualify for ICAEW accreditation, in recognition of his knowledge and experience which covers a diverse range of legal sectors from divorce and shareholder disputes to fraud cases and loss of earnings calculations.

Isaacs is also the national technical director of the Network of Independent Forensic Accountants (NIFA) and has given oral evidence in the County Court, the High Court, and the Magistrates Court. He sits on the panel of the president of the ICAEW for appointments to resolve disputes by means of expert determination. He is also treasurer of the Association of South West Mediators and a member of the Academy of Experts. 

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