Experts

Expert Evidence Limited compromises the very best experts in each of their chosen fields. Each are a specialist in dispute resolution and also have an specialist area where they can advise the courts on the detail of a relevant case. They work as a team to provide the very best client experience and all pride themselves on providing the very best client satisfaction experience. In addition the firm works through a group of associates to provide a wider area of specialisations to cover the most common areas of litigation.

Thomas Walford

Thomas is the founder and Chief Executive of Expert Evidence limited. He founded the group following over 25 years in dealing with client disputes within three major London banks. Thomas is an experienced expert witness and also a mediator and arbitrator.

Thomas’s speciality is in Banking, Investment Management, Regulation, Wealth Management and Private Banking as well as lending and professional indemnity cases. He also does a considerable amount of criminal work dealing with insider dealing, fraud, money laundering, confiscation of assets and interest rate swaps.

Thomas was Head of Private Banking at Bank Leumi in London until 2009 and previously was Managing Director of Royal Bank of Canada Investment Management (UK) limited. His first main board banking position was with Duncan Lawrie in Belgravia.

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David Griffiths

David was Head of Property Finance at the UK subsidiary of an overseas bank for almost 13 years. He managed a very successful portfolio of property development loans as well as being responsible for a portfolio of regulated mortgages. He was a member of the credit committee both in the UK and for the bank’s Jersey subsidiary, and had in depth experience of a wide range of commercial banking sectors.

He has recently joined a private equity institution in order to continue his property lending career which he combines with expert witness assignments.

David originally qualified as a barrister and, after 15 years as a lending banker, subsequently became a chartered surveyor before returning to banking: he has a vast amount of experience in all aspects of property and corporate lending.

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Ausaf Abbas

Ausaf Abbas has 25 years of experience with two major US investment banks in both the Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. He rose to senior management ranks and worked across investment banking/corporate finance, regional management and private banking.

He became a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch in Investment Banking, with coverage responsibility for India, in 1996 and was named Chief Operating Officer of Asia Pacific/Australasia in 2000. He joined Global Private Client (GPC) in 2001, initially based in Japan, and was named head of EMEA GPC in 2002, when he moved back to London. He joined Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in 2007 as Head of Sales & Marketing.

Today he pursues a plural career acting as an Expert Witness and providing strategic and financial advice to family offices and growth-oriented businesses.

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David Beringer

David has 25 years of commercial finance experience with international and entrepreneurial businesses. He trained as a Chartered Accountant specialising in corporate and then international tax with EY before pursuing in-house roles. As Head of Tax for the commodity trader Noble Group in Hong Kong, David developed a global tax function that addressed and managed the rapidly expanding Group’s transfer pricing, intercompany funding and structuring issues. He was promoted into the Group Finance Director role where he effectively managed multiple high performing finance divisions across a wide spectrum of culturally diverse businesses.

David can understand and fix complex business and commercial issues. He has expertise in international business accounting, international tax and controlling commodity trading activities. David now pursues a portfolio career consulting, investing and working on expert witness assignments.

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Nigel Brigden

Nigel started in banking over 40 years ago and has many years’ experience of dealing with customer accounts with responsibility for making sure transactions were processed correctly, timely and accurately. In his role as Head of Operations his responsibilities covered the full range of banking activities from wholesale through to retail, private and corporate banking as well as capital markets and securities operations. He introduced and managed the bank’s internet banking system.

In addition, he has been Chairman of the Operations Committee of the Association of Foreign Banks for 10 years and is a member of the Bank England Foreign Exchange Joint Standing Committee (Operations Group). A fellow of both the Chartered Banker Institute and the Chartered Institute of Bankers (now known as IFS/University College) he also holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Liverpool University.

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Matt Clarke

Matt has over 25 years of experience in banking, notably working at Barclays Investment Bank (formerly Barclays Capital) for 14 years in senior credit risk positions.

Whilst at Barclays, Matt held the position of Regional Chief Credit Officer for European corporate clients. This involved chairing credit committees with a very high level of personal lending discretion and working on some major banking transactions across a full range of industry sectors across Europe. This gave Matt an understanding of the full spectrum of banking products, including both loans and derivatives.

Matt also worked as a Director in Barclays’ restructuring and recoveries team for five years, regularly taking lead roles in negotiating solutions in complex situations with borrowers in financial difficulty throughout Europe.

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Mervyn Iles

Mervyn has over 40 years of experience in Corporate, Retail and Wealth & Investment Management Banking both in the UK and internationally, the latter including Western Continental Europe, USA, Ireland, Africa, UAE, India, Pakistan and Mauritius.

He has held senior posts covering a wide range of roles including Relationship Management, Business Development, Change Activities, Credit Risk, Operational Risk, Turnaround & Recovery, Internal Audit, Fraud Oversight and Governance during the changing fortunes in the Banking Industry through cycles of growth, recession and regulatory change. He has also chaired numerous governance committees over a long period.

Mervyn has been an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers since 1976.

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Colin Marks

Colin joined Barclays in 1977 and gained all round general banking experience whilst undertaking a wide variety of roles.

He progressed through the management structure in Barclays, working in Internal Audit and as a Relationship Manager in Central London managing a diverse portfolio of small and medium sized business customer.

Subsequent roles were in the Banks central risk function specialising in the Retail and Wholesale sector and finally moving to Recoveries where he managed an extensive portfolio of customers mainly with asset backed distressed debt. Colin was also closely involved in situations where interest rate derivatives were in place and managed a number of complex cases under the oversight of the FCA.

The wide variety of management roles has given Colin significant experience in dealing with and managing the business relationship between the Bank and its customers.

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Jeremy Miller

Jeremy has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking both as a senior corporate finance adviser and as well as having held positions of regulatory responsibility.

Jeremy commenced his corporate finance career at James Capel, a subsidiary of HSBC, gaining wide experience in equity fund raisings, takeovers, acquisitions & disposals, prospectus regulation and investor relations. He was seconded to the Takeover Panel for two years gaining considerable experience in UK takeover regulations. Jeremy was a member of the management committee of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s investment banking division. He was a chair of its capital & commitment, fairness & review and technical & regulatory committees. He was head of the European M&A department and a senior execution & relationship managing director.

Latterly, he was the COO, with regulatory and operations responsibilities, of the London office of Centerview Partners, a leading international financial advisory firm. In addition to acting as an expert witness, he has a plural career being a non-executive director.

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James Penman

A qualified ,career banker with a wide range of experiences in a number of lending organisations throughout the world, including the Barclays Group, RBS Group and the Bank of Ireland Group. James has also worked in a secondary, family owned lender as well as, most recently, the UK mutual sector resolving a portfolio of commercial restructuring and workout cases. With a wealth of both senior executive experience and hands on involvement, he has gained expertise in all aspects of commercial lending and property finance related transactions from origination, underwriting, documentation, relationship management and the all-important relationship between funders, borrowers and professionals.

James’ diversity of banking and lending roles and most recent experiences from 2008 to 2015 enable him to provide pragmatic and current expertise to clients on any aspect of commercial lending and property finance related transactions.

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Jonathan Pitman

Forty years’ legal experience. Principal of own company. Core practice: advising on international sale and purchase contracts, charter parties, contracts of affreightment and bills of lading, bankers’ documentary credits, guarantees and security, marine, insurance and re-insurance, international sugar trade, international steel trade, iron ore trade. In addition, casualty investigation such as: safe port, fire/explosion, wreck removal and IMDG cargoes including calcium hypochlorite.

Other specialisations: cross border asset tracing and insolvency, including winding up proceedings and bankruptcy; money remittance and anti-money laundering regulation.

Dispute resolution: High Court litigation in London; arbitration proceedings in the UK and abroad on LMAA, LCIA, ICC, FOSFA, GAFTA terms and others. Alternative dispute resolution by negotiation and mediation. (CEDR accredited.)

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Jonathan Price

Jonathan was an investment banker with two major Japanese banks in London for 12 years. He then moved to the Far East for four years to help set up an investment bank for a major local commercial bank. On his return to the UK he decided to change sides and focus on investment and spent ten years as a fund manager for an innovative real estate fund, which he designed and lanched in partnership with a UK merchant bank, and then as a venture capitalist.

His career has involved arranging and managing a large number of issues in the capital markets of both debt and equity, including such memorable deals as the privatisation of the water companies.

Jonathan originally qualified as a barrister and these days combines his knowledge of both law and finance to teach graduate students at business school. In 2011 he was made a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

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Robert Schon

Robert has spent 35 years working as a solicitor specialising in UK tax law. Earlier in his career he worked with major West End and City professional services firms, including working as an equity partner in the Simmons & Simmons corporate tax group in London. Since then Robert has been a solicitor (or sole practitioner) operating only in the area of UK tax and estate planning law, and focuses solely on the structuring of corporate transactions. Robert has also been an expert witness at an arbitration in the US. On the private client side Robert does a lot of estate planning including drafting wills and trusts for clients. During his career Robert has specialised in areas such as UK tax issues for family owned businesses, wills, trusts and wider estate planning issues, and UK tax and wider legal issues that non UK businesses setting up in the UK need to be aware of.

Furthermore Robert is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and writes lasting powers of attorney, he has a particular interest in making these powers useful to business owners.

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Lawrence Seah

Lawrence has spent the past 24 years working for two major global investment banks in their global markets, private banking and global banking departments. He specializes in financial institutions, having coverage responsibility across banks, private banks, insurance companies, SWFs and central banks, hedge funds and asset managers throughout his banking career. He has a deep background in capital markets and global market products, having managed JPMorgan’s fixed income sales as well as structuring and sales teams covering private banks on rate and credit structured products.

Lawrence was formerly Head of Financial Institutions Group (FIG), South East Asia for HSBC, where he led the teams coverage across FIG clients across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines for over four years. Prior to that, he worked for JPMorgan for 19 years where he held numerous management roles in JPMorgan’s Global Markets and Private Banking divisions.

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Stephen Taylor

Stephen is an experienced IT professional with a wide range of skills including business development, systems design, analysis, project and programme management, account management, customer service and support. He has a wide contact base due having sold systems to a wide range of financial institutions.

Stephen specialises in IT systems for financial institutions. He has spent 17 years with MBA Systems (eventually being taken over by Crealogic to form Crealogic MBC Systems Ltd) where he looked after the full sales function and has deal with many of the major financial institutions in the City of London and provincial financial centres. This involved the specification of new systems and implementation following installation.

He started his career with Hyster Europe Ltd. going on to Bishopsgate Systems Limited (Part of Alphameric Plc) and then to Milvus Software (Now Microgen plc). Stephen has a BSc from Aston University.

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