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Armstrong Watson launches new forensic accounting division

9th November 2016

MSI's Northern UK accounting member Armstrong Watson is delighted to announce a new forensic accounting division, which will offer the full range of forensic accounting services.

The forensic accounting division team is headed up by Matthew Geale who joins the firm as Partner and Head of Forensic Accounting. Matthew is joined by Liesel Annible as Director of Forensic Accounting and Liam Whittleston as Assistant Manager.

Between them, the team have over 50 years of experience in forensic accounting, giving proactive, strategic advice. The new service for the firm will include commercial litigation, personal injury claims, criminal investigations, civil investigations, intellectual property, dispute resolution and negligence amongst others.

Matthew has undertaken forensic work on a full time basis since 1990 and has broad experience in dealing with many different types of cases. He has a proactive approach and understands the importance of providing strategic advice to those instructing him. He has given evidence numerous times, including matters in the High Court, the IPEC, the Patents Court as well as at the London Court of International Arbitration and is also asked by clients to assist at mediations and settlement meetings.

Liesel has specialised in financial investigations since 1993, including a secondment to the insolvency service division of the DTI (now DBIS). Liesel is frequently instructed to assist in the investigation of serious organised crime by both prosecuting authorities and the defence.  She has experience of assimilating large amounts of financial data for presentation in both civil and criminal cases. Liesel has given evidence in court on numerous occasions and has assisted in mediations and settlement meetings.

Paul Dickson, Managing Partner comments: “I am proud to announce this new service line with such a strong team behind it. Matthew, Liesel and Liam have between them decades of experience and unrivalled knowledge in this specialist field of accounting. This new service is part of our growing  provision to businesses and individuals and enables us, as a firm, to provide an even wider range of specialist services to our clients under one roof. This means they benefit from bespoke, joined up advice and I have no doubt in the skills of the team in supporting our clients with the very best advice in what can often be challenging times.”

Matthew Geale, Head of Forensic Accounting comments: “I’m delighted to have such a great opportunity to create and develop the new forensic team. Armstrong Watson is growing and developing and puts client service at the heart of everything it does. It’s exciting to be part of this new division and to have the opportunity to form the service from the bottom up. We will be supporting clients throughout the UK and I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the team to deliver the very highest standards of service possible.”

About Armstrong Watson - Leeds

Armstrong Watson has been advising and protecting clients across the North of England and Scotland since 1867. With 16 regional offices from Glasgow to Leeds, 38 partners and over 400 colleagues, we’re focused enough to provide a truly tailored service and large and experienced enough to work alongside any size of business, delivering a complete remit of services equal to top tier firms.

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