Walton Dodge Forensic provides specialist valuation, forensic accounting and expert witness services to the legal profession.
Why instruct us?
Walton Dodge Forensic is a well-known niche forensic accountancy practice formed in 2004 by Jon Dodge and Roger Walton. The practice is now headed up by Jon and Fiona Hotston Moore, who are supported by a specialist team with real strength in depth. Roger remains involved as a consultant to the firm.
We provide litigation support to instructing lawyers and clients across the UK and are typically instructed in around 70 to 80 new cases each year.
Our two experts Jon and Fiona have formidable reputations for their commitment to providing a focused expert opinion on every matter (large or small) which is relevant, reliable, cost effective and understandable. Jon and Fiona are readily accessible to instructing lawyers and clients.
Our experience as expert witnesses is backed up by over 60 years commercial experience advising clients on corporate finance, tax and accounting and running our own businesses.
We are supported by a specialist team of dedicated WDF staff with many years case experience as well as professionals from the wider JDC Group, enabling us to act on a number of concurrent instructions and larger complex matters as well as ensuring our fees remain proportionate.
We operate from offices in Norwich, Chelmsford and London.
Our recent testimonials demonstrate the commitment of our experts to the provision of a proportionate, supported, expert independent opinion in every case and a service that instructing lawyers and clients can rely upon.
Matrimonial – business valuations
In family matters we have considerable experience of valuing business interests, instructed either as Sole or as Single Joint Expert. We can also act as Expert Adviser. We understand the nuances of valuing different business structures, quasi partnerships, complex groups and minority shareholdings. We have undertaken valuations in many different industries and our experts also draw from our direct involvement in real-life corporate finance transactions.
Business valuation – general
Our experts have undertaken the valuation of over 2,000 businesses in a wide variety of sectors including manufacturing, retail, technology, medical, professional services, financial services and farming. We have experience in valuing companies as well as interests in partnerships and other unincorporated businesses. We understand the issues regarding quasi partnerships and minority interests.
Matrimonial – tax
We are often instructed to provide an expert opinion on the tax liabilities associated with the disposal of a family businesses, interests in the family home and in other property and assets. We can consider what reliefs may be available to minimise tax liabilities. Our experience also includes investments in tax schemes including film schemes, Employee Benefit Trusts and Remuneration Trusts. If an expert report is not required we can provide advisory opinions on discrete tax planning matters.
Tax disputes and investigations
We have acted in a variety of tax matters. These have included assisting tax payers (individuals and companies) in disputes with HMRC including representing the tax payer at Tax Tribunal. We have acted on a number of cases regarding tax schemes (film schemes, EBTs, Remuneration Trusts, Loan Scheme Charges), as well as disputes regarding capital gains tax, income tax and research and development tax relief.
We provide litigation support in professional negligence cases acting for claimant & defendant. Typically we are engaged to provide an opinion on the standard expected of a “reasonably competent” (finance) professional and/or to provide an assessment of the loss. Matters on which we have experience include: financial reporting, UK GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), statutory audit and tax. Previous cases have included claims against accountants, tax advisers, auditors and lawyers.
We provide discrete, detailed and independent investigations into suspected internal fraud. We have experience in investigating employee and officer fraud as well as wider business fraud. We also investigate accounting irregularities and manipulation of financial reporting. Our work can assist in recovery proceedings and providing an independent assessment for insurers. We can also provide advice on appropriate internal controls to reduce the likelihood of fraud.
We have given expert opinion on a variety of commercial disputes including shareholder and partnership disputes, termination of agency claims, breach of warranties, business interruption and planning disputes. We typically provide an opinion on the quantum of loss suffered by one party. We have also assisted insolvency practitioners in investigating and pursuing claims against creditors, directors and advisers. We aim to keep our costs proportionate to the potential claim.
Our experts Jon Dodge and Fiona Hotston Moore are supported by a team of experienced professionals drawn from the wider JDC Group thus ensuring we can provide a proactive, cost effective service on a large number of instructions throughout the year.
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M: 07775 696809
Hello. I’m Jon. I have 25 years’ experience of expert witness work and co-founded WDF with Roger Walton in 2005.
Fiona Hotston Moore
BSc(Hons) FCA CTA MAE ACFS
Director of Forensic and Advisory Services
M: 07770 642491
Hello. I’m Fiona. I am one of WDF’s experts and have specialised in forensic work for 20 years. I am Director of the practice.
Hello. I’m Matt. I am a tax specialist and work closely with our experts to provide additional levels of tax resource and expertise when needed.
Hello. I’m Janet. I have over 14 years’ experience of specialist forensic work and have assisted our experts on well over 300 cases since 2006.
Hello. I’m Rob. I have over 16 years’ practice experience and work closely with our experts on a wide range of cases.
Hello. I’m Josh. I am a four year post-qualified Chartered Accountant. Although quite new to the forensic team I have already worked closely with the directors on some very interesting cases.
Hello. I’m Jackie. I have been Jon’s PA for 15 years and work very closely with the whole forensic team to ensure the smooth running of our practice.
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Senior Executive Assistant
Hello. I’m Maria. I joined the team in 2014 and work closely with our experts and Jackie to ensure the smooth delivery of our services.
Hello. I’m Tony. I have over 25 years’ experience as a specialist tax adviser and have assisted on a wide range of WDF tax cases since 2016.