Business Valuations

Forensic Accounting QLD is a leading provider of Business Valuation services.

Experts in business valuations, we are regularly engaged to value businesses, ranging from a family owned business to large corporate groups including the following:

  • Purchase or sale of a business, as part of the due diligence process
  • Assessment of the value of business Goodwill
  • Admission or retirement of a partner in a partnership
  • Business subject to a compulsory acquisition, as part of the resumption of land by a government or statutory authority
  • Family Law matters
  • Minority shareholder disputes
  • Shareholder or partnership disputes
  • Valuation of intellectual property
  • Critiquing another expert’s valuation report

Resumption of land:

Has your business suffered financially as a result of a government or statutory authority resuming (or intending to resume) part of your leasehold/freehold real property?

Has the passing traffic decreased, resulting in decreased turnover?

Has your business turnover suffered due to construction works being undertaken?

Do you feel pressured to accept an offer without fully understanding or appreciating the potential quantum of your claim?

Forensic Accounting QLD has been involved in a substantial number of resumption matters and our forensic accounting expertise is regularly called on to assist in the following areas:

  • Quantification of trading losses arising from disruption
  • Quantification of permanent losses
  • Quantifying the costs of re-location
  • Business valuations
  • Cost of extinguishment, including loss of goodwill
  • Identification and quantification of other loss and damage arising from the resumption, including quantifying losses arising before the land is resumed
  • Assisting with the claim for compensation

Not sure where to turn to for legal advice?

Working with commercial law practitioners on a daily basis, we can recommend a solicitor, or other appropriate person who we know will work with you to provide you with an outcome that is both professional and cost effective.

Contact us directly to organise a no-obligation discussion regarding your matter.

Commercial Damages Assessments

Forensic Accounting QLD specialises in quantification of Commercial Damages.

Experts in quantifying commercial damages, we are regularly engaged to assist in the investigation, assessment and quantification of commercial matters, including:

  • Losses arising from a breach of the Competition and Consumer Act (formerly the Trade Practices Act)
  • Assessment of the loss and damage arising from a range of commercial disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Future losses arising from a breach of contract or other form of agreement
  • Business interruption losses
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Assessment of losses arising from an invalid appointment of Receiver and Manager
  • Critique another experts report
  • Building and construction disputes
  • Preparation of Solvency Reports
  • Review state building authority decisions to classify a person as an “Excluded Individual” due to an “Event of Insolvency”

Building Services Authority – Have you been classified as an “Excluded Individual?”

Are there mitigating circumstances that weren’t adequately considered or taken into account?

The classification as an excluded individual can have a significant, if not permanent financial impact on a business, in circumstances where an administrative decision has been made without a complete assessment of the circumstances being considered.

With a background in insolvency and fraud investigation, Forensic Accounting QLD is regularly called upon to assist with:

  • Reviewing the authority’s decisions
  • Assessing the impact of any mitigating circumstances
  • Preparation of Solvency Reports
  • Assessing the financial impact of any fraud identified
  • Assessing whether an individual took all reasonable steps to avoid the coming into existence of circumstances that resulted in the happening of a relevant event

Forensic Accounting QLD has been successful in assisting parties achieve a reversal of the authority’s decision on EVERY occasion.

Not sure where to turn to for legal advice?

Working with commercial law practitioners on a daily basis, we can recommend a solicitor, or other appropriate person who we know will work with you to provide you with an outcome that is both professional and cost effective.

Contact us directly to organise a no-obligation discussion regarding your matter.

Fraud

Forensic Accounting QLD specialises in fraud investigation services.

As recognised experts in fraud investigation, we are regularly engaged to assist in the investigation, quantification and prosecution of fraud related matters.

Utilisation of specialised fraud and audit software to interrogate and analyse a range of electronic records allows us to highlight any anomalies or fraud indicators that exist, thereby providing a more cost effective and efficient service.

With a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) on the team, together with our financial analysis and investigative expertise, we are regularly engaged to investigate a variety of fraud and related activities, including the preparation of reports and assisting the relevant authorities in prosecuting the suspects.

We have been involved in the investigation and quantification of a variety of frauds, including:

  • Analysis and reconstruction of financial records
  • Asset tracing and recovery
  • Misappropriation of funds
  • Identity fraud
  • Financial Statement Fraud
  • Falsification of financial records to obtain a financial benefit
  • Reconciliation of taxes & levies paid to the government of Liberia
  • Purchasing fraud of a large international diversified construction company
  • Theft of clients and contracts from an ASX listed company
  • Financial statement and government grant fraud in the not for profit sector
  • Investigation of numerous Ponzi schemes
  • Misappropriation of monies invested with an accountant
  • Review of the internal controls of a business to ascertain susceptibility to fraud
  • Investigations into unregistered mortgage investment scheme
  • Investigate the book keepers of various businesses

Preventative measures

At Forensic Accounting QLD we specialise in the provision of fraud risk assessments on a Business. We identify risk areas and recommend procedures to implement to minimise the identified risks, including:

  • Health checks
  • Limited review of financial data,
  • Identify possible anomalies,
  • Identify the areas of risk,
  • Develop a plan of internal controls to minimise risks, to protect the cash (lifeblood) of the business

Contact us directly to organise a no-obligation discussion regarding your matter.

Financial Investigations

Forensic Accounting QLD is a leading provider of financial investigation services

As a leading independent Forensic Accounting practice, we are regularly engaged to assist in a broad range of financial investigations, including the following:

  • Investigating and unravelling complex business structures and transactions
  • Investigate and identify assets not previously known to the parties, locally and overseas
  • Court appointed Supervisor over various entities
  • Due diligence investigations in respect to potential business acquisitions and sale
  • Financial investigations of overseas entities
  • Securing and imaging digital data and analysis and investigation of data collected

Contact us directly to organise a no-obligation discussion regarding your matter.

Family Law

Forensic Accounting QLD is a leading provider of family law services.

Experts in assisting in family law matters, Forensic Accounting is regularly engaged to assist the parties in a broad range of areas, including:

  • Business valuations
  • Identification and quantification of the matrimonial pool
  • Investigations into alleged misappropriation of assets by the parties
  • Quantification of any Notional add back items to the matrimonial pool
  • Investigation and quantification of fraud related matters.
  • Investigate and unravelling of complex business structures
  • Superannuation valuations, including:

– Defined Benefit funds
– Accumulation funds
– Self-managed funds

  • Critique and analyse other experts reports
  • Shadow Expert
  • Tracing undisclosed assets and income, locally and overseas
  • Assessments of earnings for child support or spousal maintenance applications

Collaborative Law:

The parties to a relationship have decided to call it a day. They want to sort out the split of the matrimonial pool on an amicable basis and not end up in Court, which would significantly reduce the matrimonial pool.
Whilst, there is nothing new about this approach and the concept of parties sorting out the divorce outside the Courts, has been around for many years, it has more recently been affectionately referred to as a “Collaborative approach”.

As experts in Family Law, Forensic Accounting QLD is increasingly being engaged directly by the parties to assist either one of or both parties in the following areas:

  • Providing an indicative valuation of the business, often on based on limited financial information, to allow the party or parties to make an informed decision
  • Assisting in quantifying the matrimonial pool,
  • Providing professional support to the counsellors and other professionals engaged in collaborative process,

Not sure where to turn to for legal advice?

Working with family law practitioners on a daily basis, we can recommend a solicitor, counsellor or other appropriate person who we know will work with you to provide you with an outcome that is both professional and cost effective.

Contact us directly to organise a no-obligation discussion regarding your matter.

Insolvency Consulting

Forensic Accounting QLD is a leading provider of Insolvency Consulting Services.

With a qualified Insolvency Practitioner (IP) on the team, Forensic Accounting QLD is regularly engaged to assist the insolvency profession and other parties in a broad range of areas.

Our expertise is often called upon to review, investigate and provide an expert opinion in the following areas:

  • Analysis and reconstruction of financial records
  • Turnaround Management
  • Asset tracing and recovery
  • Investigation and quantification of the sale or disposal of assets for an uncommercial value
  • Misappropriation of funds
  • Financial Statement Fraud
  • Unravelling complex financial transactions
  • Business Valuations
  • Solvency reports
  • Quantification of loss arising from an invalid appointment of an insolvency practitioner
  • Appointment as an independent supervising accountant over entities subject to investigation by regulatory authorities.
  • Budgets and cash flow forecasts
  • Financial investigations and provision of expert reports
  • Litigation support, including the provision of expert evidence

Not sure where to turn to for legal advice?

Working with insolvency practitioners and solicitors on a daily basis, we can recommend an insolvency practitioner or solicitor who we know will work with you to provide you with an outcome that is both professional and cost effective.

Contact us directly to organise a no-obligation discussion regarding your matter.

Litigation Support

Forensic Accounting QLD is a leading provider of Litigation Support Services.

As experts in Forensic Accounting, including a proven track record in expert evidence, we are regularly engaged to provide litigation support, including the following:

  • Interviewing relevant parties
  • Reviewing other experts reports
  • Acting as a shadow expert
  • Assistance with settlement negotiations
  • Reviewing and analysing documentation
  • Assisting with the identification of missing documentation, and further documentation required in a matter
  • Assisting Counsel formulate questions for cross examination of other experts
  • Appointment as a jointly appointed single expert
  • Provision of assistance at mediation conferences
  • Joint expert conferences
  • Court attendance for evidence in Chief and cross examination

We have prepared expert reports, assisted in mediation and compulsory conferences and appeared as an expert witness for both the plaintiff and the defendant in a range of jurisdictions, including:

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Supreme Court of Tasmania
  • Federal Magistrates Court
  • Family Court
  • Magistrates Court of Queensland
  • Magistrates Court of Tasmania
  • QCAT

Contact us directly to organise a no-obligation discussion regarding your matter.

Personal Injury

Forensic Accounting QLD is a leading provider of Personal Injury Services.

Experts in assisting in Personal Injury matters, Forensic Accounting is regularly engaged to assist the parties in a broad range of areas, including:

Forensic Accounting Qld has the expertise to assist with and identify and understand the multiple issues involved in quantifying the losses that arise from personal injury claims, including:

  • Identification of the heads of loss and damage that apply and assistance with claim preparation
  • Provision of multiple loss calculation scenarios
  • Identification and quantification of past and future economic loss
  • Calculation of the interest on past economic loss
  • Quantification of residual earning capacity
  • Quantification of lost superannuation benefits on past and future lost wages
  • Quantification of past gratuitous care and future care
  • Quantification of past and future medical expenses and aids
  • Quantification of past out of pocket expenses
  • Quantification of any future medical treatment
  • Calculation of the loss of dependency
  • Identification of relevant industry benchmarks & statistical data
  • Investigation into business trends and identification of alternative reasons for the losses incurred
  • Preparation of expert reports
  • Litigation support , including attending mediation and settlement conferences to assist the parties in the matter
  • Critique other accountants reports
  • Conduct financial investigations
  • Provision of assistance for mediation or preparation for trial
  • Provision of expert evidence

The economic loss that results from an injury can have a significant and often permanent financial impact and effect on an individual and their family. Therefore, it is imperative that a forensic accountant who understands the financial complexities involved in assessing and quantifying the economic losses involved and where required, testifying in Court is engaged. Forensic Accounting QLD can assist you with the necessary calculations.

Some personal injury scenarios are not straight forward:

In our experience, we are often instructed to assist in matters that whilst on the surface appear straightforward, further investigation and analysis shows otherwise. Some examples are as follows:

  • Career progression

A plaintiff’s career progression can be limited by the accident:

– Employees with a graded increases in salary linked to years of experience, e.g. nurses and police officers
– Apprentices will become qualified trade persons, either as an employee or self-employed.
– Professionals can look forward to significant and rapid salary package increases during their professional lifespan

  • Salary Packaging

Salary packaging to significantly reduce the taxable position of the employee, e.g. the mining industry artificially distorting the actual financial position of the plaintiff as reported on the employee’s payslips and group certificates.

  • Business Structures

The use by the Plaintiff of a tax effective structure, i.e. a company, trust or partnership may artificially distort the actual economic loss suffered by the plaintiff.

  • Lost Opportunity

Whilst, not common, there are occasions where there has been a loss of opportunity arising from the accident, e.g. a builder building his own house and having to engage external professionals to complete the house after the accident.

Looking for a lawyer to assist with your claim?

If you are unsure of which Lawyer to use for your claim, Forensic Accounting QLD can assist. As Forensic Accountants, we work with a range of lawyers in the personal injury area and can recommend a professional that we feel confident will provide you with the professional support required. We can also provide assistance with experts in other fields to assist your case if required.

Please note, time frames exist for initiating a personal injury claim, so don’t delay this part of the process.

Contact us directly to organise a no-obligation discussion regarding your matter.