Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of a new forensic accounting partner.
Chris Clements joins the Leeds office from Grant Thornton, where he was forensic and investigation services partner – head of UK Regions. His extensive experience includes arbitration, investigations, expert witness, alternative dispute resolution and advisory work.
At Deloitte, Chris will be the Forensic lead for the North East practice (Leeds and Newcastle offices) and Disputes lead across the North.
Chris, who studied at the University of Durham, undertook his first forensic work in 1992 and chose to focus on forensics full time in 1996, when he joined Grant Thornton. His experience covers UK and internationally-based matters, involving claims of up to £3bn. He has given expert evidence in the UK and overseas courts, tribunals and before public committees on over 25 occasions.
In recent years, he advised on compensation for the 2012 Olympic site and London’s Crossrail project, as well as forensic contract reviews for many multinational oil industry businesses and overseas governments.
As an expert witness, Chris has a working knowledge of the legal process in English civil and criminal courts, and in the international arbitration arena. He is a member of the Expert Witness Institute, the Academy of Experts and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a qualified mediator.
Chris said: “The move to Deloitte represents an exciting opportunity to provide clients with the very highest quality professional support that supplements my own forensic experience across sectors and services locally, nationally and internationally”.
Martin Jenkins, practice senior partner at Deloitte in Yorkshire and the North East, said: “Chris has an exceptional track record and we’re delighted that he has brought that outstanding experience to Deloitte.
“His experience both in the UK and internationally, and across a range of sectors, extending to infrastructure and energy, will be invaluable to many of our clients in Yorkshire and across the North East, including those entering into trading arrangements with global partners where his knowledge of international disputes is a valuable asset.”
Simon Cuerden, partner and regional Forensic lead said: “Chris is a significant addition to our regional Forensic team, further enhancing our capability in the expert witness and dispute advisory arena.”
Deloitte Forensic helps clients react quickly and confidently in a crisis, investigation or dispute. The practice uses its situation experience and knowhow, industry experience, advanced forensic technology and analytic techniques, together with its global reach, to help clients analyse and resolve crisis issues.