Vikki is a partner at Haberman Ilett with over 20 years’ experience as a forensic accountant focusing on work as an expert witness. She has been the testifying expert in cases before the UK Courts and international arbitration tribunals on a variety of accounting and financial issues.
Vikki specialises in evaluating quantum in commercial and contractual disputes (including loss of profits and misrepresentation claims), investment treaty disputes, transaction-related disputes, valuation disputes and in professional negligence claims.
Since joining a Big Four accountancy firm in 1997 and being part of the team to launch Haberman Ilett in 2013, Vikki has advised clients in quantifying loss of profits and other consequential losses in a wide range of industries including IT, finance, property, energy, telecommunications, travel, leisure and retail.
Vikki has extensive experience 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.
Vikki trained as an auditor, gaining broad accounting experience in a wide range of industries including financial services, leisure, manufacturers and wholesalers, property and retail.
Vikki has a first class degree in mathematics, studying at both Leeds and Paris VII Universities. She qualified as a chartered accountant in 1997.
She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a committee member of the Forensic and Expert Witness Special Interest Group of the ICAEW. She speaks publicly and provides training on topics including valuation, understanding financial statements and assessing quantum on IT disputes.
After completing my training as an auditor, I was asked to help on a misrepresentation case to assess the losses of individual franchisees against a franchisor. I knew I’d found my niche. I was using the skills that I’d learnt, whilst problem solving, thinking logically and laterally and assisting my clients. After this case finished, I moved to a firm where I could specialise in forensic accountancy.
I have enjoyed all of the dispute services cases I’ve worked on: from learning about a new industry to the familiarity of ones I know well; from working for claimants, to defendants to seeing both sides when acting as an independent expert accountant; from reviewing the evidence and other information initially available, supporting the legal process all the way through to assisting in the preparation for and attending Court, a Tribunal or mediation/settlement talks.
If you have an inquisitive and logical mind, are able to combine both attention to detail and seeing the big picture and possess excellent communication skills, then do it. I’ve found it to be a great career with interesting and varied cases and always enjoy the challenge of the work.
Walking into a third year mathematics lecture at my new university in Paris alongside 250 native French students as part of a pilot exchange scheme – it took a while for me to understand the lectures and my colleagues but it was the best way to improve both my GSCE French and my mathematics. It was an amazing year.