Nick White is head of Stowe Family Law’s in-house forensic accountancy department. He is a chartered accountant of 30 years’ standing.
Before founding Stowe Family Law’s in-house forensic accountancy department, Nick had specialised in forensic accounting for 15 years, as a partner in national and local firms of chartered accountants. His experience covered all manner of cases, including small personal injury, catastrophic claims and loss of dependency, as well as commercial claims, partnership and shareholder disputes and multi-million pound international frauds. During this time he also gained significant and valuable experience dealing with matrimonial financial relief cases, including business and share valuations.
His 13 years of experience in the firm means he is uniquely placed to understand both the legal and financial aspects of any case and tailor his advice accordingly. His involvement at an early stage frequently leads to more focused case management with the result that costs can be saved and a more prompt resolution achieved.
In addition to assisting a client with their own financial disclosures he will, where necessary, investigate the accuracy, veracity and completeness of the financial disclosure provided by their spouse or civil partner, particularly when there are business , off-shore interests or complex remuneration packages and share options. Nick also provides valued assistance in assessing and considering the tax issues surrounding settlement.
Nick will frequently observe that stated income is far less than it really is, or could be. Nick will take stock of the various ways in which clients and their partners choose to take income from companies and the related tax regimes.
In matters where there are significant financial issues, Nick will be involved throughout the conduct of the case and will frequently attend conferences with Counsel, as well as assist with the negotiations between the parties and at Court. Expert valuations may be sought or required in many cases, but Nick’s involvement can reduce the need for external experts as well as challenge the conclusions reached by those experts. Nick is well versed in explaining financial issues to clients in a way they understand and which takes away some of the anxiety felt by clients about their partner’s business interests and income.
Although cases are heard in the Courts of England and Wales Nick regularly needs to seek out information relating to foreign registered companies and to consider the applicable taxes on income and gains in international jurisdictions such as the USA, Canada, Australia, EU countries, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Prior to joining Stowe Family Law: working on large criminal cases and being cross-examined by seven QCs on the same case.
At Stowe Family Law Nick takes pride in ensuring that each client receives the very best service and that no stone is left un-turned in ensuring that the correct figures are quoted for a person’s income and business values.