Tracing Hidden Assets

Unusually for a family law firm, Stowe Family Law has an in-house team of forensic accountants. They can access information, analyse it immediately and advise our solicitors where to concentrate their efforts when working on your case. This means we do not have to use up precious time dealing with other firms of accountants when such expertise are required for financial issues. Instead, our highly-experienced team can provide immediate advice about the likely scale and nature of a case. They can also raise questions when important financial information is missing and help trace hidden assets.

Full disclosure

Sometimes, one party may be reluctant to provide a full disclosure of their assets as they do not wish some of them to be divided. Similarly, they may attempt to undervalue some of their holdings.

With a forensic accountant as an advisor, however, our client can be given a swift measured opinion. This is particularly pertinent when we have to consider a freezing order against a client’s spouse, or in other cases when time is a critical factor. They can also investigate the accuracy of the information provided by the other party – particularly when there are business or offshore interests.

Business valuations

Our forensic accountancy team can also provide advice about the likely value of a client’s business for the purpose of a divorce. This is very useful because business values may be artificially inflated or deflated by the client, for a variety of reasons. They can also let you know the likely income that can be taken from the business and the extent to which it can be used to provide funds to assist with a settlement. The team also provide valuable assistance with financial settlement-related tax issues.

Our forensic accountancy team has more than 20 years’ forensic accounting experience, ranging from small cases to multi-million pound international frauds.

Your team in this field

Nick White
Nick White is a Forensic Accountant, he has a national remit and provides input and assis...
Forensic Accountant
Suzanne Grant
Suzanne is a forensic accountant who is based in our Harrogate office but has a national r...
Forensic Accountant