Division will provide litigation support to lawyers across the centra belt
Mid-tier accountancy firm French Duncan has launched a new forensic accounting department to provide litigation support to lawyers across central Scotland.
Partner Jeff Meek, who has also recently graduated with a law degree, will head up the new division.
A member of the Society for Expert Witnesses, Meek has acted on numerous accounting and commercial matters at the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts in audit negligence, fraud, proceeds of crime and criminal investigations, business valuations and divorce and commercial disputes.
“Our forensic accounting department has been established in response to a growing demand for litigation support throughout the central belt,” he said.
“It has become evident over recent months that there is a demand for a forensic accounting service from a department able to bring the requisite commercial experience and financial expertise to bear on a range of legal cases.
“Litigation support deploys the full range of skills that I can offer as an accountant and auditor with many years commercial experience as a partner overseeing various fundraising initiatives, management buyouts and with extensive dot.com experience.
“And as it’s me who stands before the sheriff or judge in court to answer questions concerning financial matters in legal cases, I am directly involved in the delivery of all forensic work undertaken by the department.”
Graeme Finnie, managing partner of French Duncan, added: “Following our introduction last month of a specialist VAT department, the launch of our forensic accounting department marks the latest stage in our progress towards achieving recognition as Scotland’s premier independent accountancy practice.
“Jeff brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role that enables French Duncan to offer a level of litigation support unrivalled by any other independent practice and more economically and efficiently than many of our larger competitors.
“Clients of our forensic accounting department can expect to receive a more personal service with direct partner involvement than they might receive from a larger accountancy firm.”