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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Paul Barnett

Paul is a highly experienced financial broker specialising in all aspects of property finance, with a wide range of contacts throughout the City of London.

Prior to broking, Paul was a career banker for nearly 30 years working for both UK and European banks in a variety of Senior Corporate and Retail Banking positions.

During the financial downturns, Paul gained great experience working in the Bank’s Recovery Departments and has good insight when dealing with issues from property fraud to professional negligence.

Paul is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

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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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Collin Cumberland

Having left full time banking after almost 40 years in early 2012 Collin, amongst other activities, acts as a banking expert and advisor.

Collin was most recently a main board director of the UK subsidiary of a foreign bank where he had spent almost 14 years. Alongside his general management role he had direct responsibility for all Corporate, Commercial and Private Banking activities. He served on the Boards of the bank’s asset finance subsidiary (which he established) and its offshore bank and trust companies.

Prior to that, Collin had been employed by Barclays Bank plc for 26 years in a variety of senior Corporate and Retail Banking positions and has a vast amount of varied banking experience to offer.

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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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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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Colin Marks

Colin started his banking career in 1977 with Barclays and has had a wide experience in a large number of roles within the bank. He was originally employed in branches in the North West London and gained experience in a range of bank office functions. He was also involved in the security perfection team providing assistance to lending managers dealing with SMEs.

Colin rose through the management of Barclays, transferring to Central London in 1989, now with his own portfolio of companies. In 1989 he joined the business Recovery Unit based again in Central London and managed a team of 20 executives. He became highly successful in managing recoveries especially post the 1990 recession.

It was from this base that Colin eventually became the Recoveries Director for Barclays Bank, a post he held until 2014 and as such managed a range of complex situations under the oversight of the FCA. Colin has very good experience of the interface between commercial banks and their customers.

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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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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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Paul Smart

Paul has a wide experience in aspects of construction. Paul is both a quantity surveyor and project manager and before running his own construction business he had worked for several of the major construction groups, such as the John Willmott Group, Bovis Group and John Lelliott
Group. Paul has a close and intricate understanding of the construction process and can offer advice on all issues from commencement of your project through to completion of your project. In the event that a dispute should arise we are able to advise on how best to resolve or indeed how best to recover the position that you may find yourself in.

Further to his impressive experience Paul is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Building (‘MCIOB‘). Paul has worked as a successful adjudicator and arbitrator against private clients leading to awards as much as £120,000.

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