6 November 2017

Nathan joined Haberman Ilett in 2015 with a wealth of forensic accounting experience.

Following his qualification as a chartered accountant in 2010, he has worked on a variety of litigation and international arbitration engagements, as well as investigations for public sector and financial services clients.

Do you have a most memorable case?

“One of the things I enjoy most about our work is the range of projects you get to work on, and the opportunity to understand the background of these cases in depth.

There are a few projects that are memorable but for different reasons.  I have been involved in high profile cases such as the administration of Lehman Brothers and the investigation commissioned by the Home Affairs Committee regarding security arrangements at the 2012 Olympic Games.  I have also found smaller engagements to be memorable for the amount I have learnt about certain industries and the unique issues they face.  One of these cases involved the quantification of losses of a galvanizing plant which was forced to close following a Compulsory Purchase Order activated by a government authority.”

Why did you choose to specialise in disputes?

“I was interested in law at school but I soon realised that I was more of a numbers person and so I went on to study finance, accounting and management at university.  When studying for my ACA qualification, I worked in both audit and forensics, and began to see that pursuing a career in disputes would allow me to combine my interest in law with my qualifications.

After becoming a chartered accountant, I was seconded to the internal Forensic Services team at Berwin Leighton Paisner.  Working with the legal team, I gained an insight into how cases are run from a lawyer’s perspective, and it was this experience that cemented my decision to specialise in disputes work.”

What do you enjoy most about working in disputes?

“I like the debate over subjective issues that crop up in disputes.  I particularly look forward to the stage in a dispute where we receive the other side’s expert report as it gives us the opportunity to debate subjective areas, re-evaluate our own opinion and to fully understand the alternative ways the issues in the case are being approached.  I also enjoy anticipating the likely areas of questioning of our report at the hearing and preparing cross-examination arguments of the other side’s expert.  It is this type of work, the application of logic and judgement, that I enjoy most.”

What do you do in your spare time?

I am very into sports and enjoy playing football and golf on the weekend.  My wife and I have also just bought a house that needs complete renovation so I expect weekends will be dedicated to DIY for the foreseeable future.

I also like spending time with my family when they are in the country.  My parents are often overseas working for the Ian Hutcheon Clinic for Children, a charity dedicated to improving the hearing outcomes of children in developing countries and who are supported by Haberman Ilett’s CSR programme.