Debbie has been working as a forensic accountant for over 14 years during which time she has worked on over 40 cases. Having spent her professional career in the forensic accounting field Debbie has gained extensive experience in all aspects of dispute work across a wide range of industries in both civil and criminal matters.
Her experience includes evaluating quantum in commercial and contractual disputes, fraud cases, matrimonial disputes, professional negligence claims, valuation disputes and bilateral investment treaty claims. Whilst specialising in dispute work, including in the oil and gas and financial services sectors, she also has considerable investigations experience.
Debbie has advised private clients and companies in evaluating quantum across a wide range of industries, including energy and resources, pharmaceuticals, technology, media and financial services, in both the UK and overseas courts and under international arbitration tribunals. She has particular experience in the oil and gas and financial sectors.
She has been involved in assisting the expert in all aspects of the dispute process, including giving pre-action advice, preparing expert witness reports, rebuttal reports, joint statements of the experts, assisting the expert with preparation for oral testimony and assisting counsel in hearings.
Debbie has a degree in accountancy and finance from the University of Warwick. She qualified as a chartered accountant in 2002 at a boutique forensic firm and joined one of the Big Four accountancy firms in 2007 where she specialised in dispute work. She left in August 2014 to join Haberman Ilett.
She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Whilst taking my degree in accountancy and finance I participated in a summer placement scheme at a Big Four firm, and it was there that the concept of forensic accounting was introduced to me. I was talked through a small case concerning the issue of fishing rights and I recall instantly thinking that this was the career path I wanted to follow. The next year I started at a boutique forensic firm in London and the rest as they say is history.
To me forensic accountancy is the perfect balance between my interest in the law and my numerical mind. Every day truly does bring new challenges and it is the variety of work that keeps me captivated. I have a naturally inquisitive mind and that is vital in this line of business, you have to question everything and ensure that everything you do is fully researched and supported. In this field everything will be scrutinised, ultimately on the witness stand by a barrister or arbitrator. You also get the opportunity to understand a wide variety of industries and I particularly like the fact that I have had the opportunity to visit countries which ordinarily I never would have, including Algeria, Azerbaijan and Angola, and that’s just those beginning with a A!
After nearly seven years at a Big Four firm I felt that in order to fulfil my long term career goal to act as an expert it was time to return to a small boutique firm where the focus was purely dispute work. I was also attracted by the idea of helping to grow and shape the future of an emerging firm and the opportunities that would be open to me because of the lack of conflicts with other clients.
I’m an active person and can always be found out and about in London whether at the theatre, gigs or just socialising with my family and friends. I also love travelling and try to visit new places each year.