Meet the team
Please see below, an overview of our Expert Witness team and the services we offer at Mercer & Hole.
Supporting these experts are a team of specialists, with wide-ranging accountancy knowledge and experience, across many different industries and sectors.
For more information about an individual’s experience, accreditations and case work, please click on the appropriate link:
Chris Laughton – Expert Witness in Insolvency
Chris is a Chartered Accountant and a licensed insolvency practitioner with over 35 years’ experience. This background, together with his analytical approach, knowledge of insolvency law and practice, and clarity in reporting, has led to him being instructed as an Expert Witness by claimants or defendants in professional negligence cases involving insolvency practitioners.
Gill Tallon – Expert Witness in Tax, Divorce and Pensions
Gill is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a private client, trust and financial planning specialist, with over 35 years’ experience. Gill takes a special interest in non domiciled individuals and offshore trusts. A clear and emphatic communicator, Gill is an experienced Expert Witness, who recently acted in a high profile pension case.
Phil Fenn – Expert Witness in Business and Share Valuations
Phil has experience of working both in industry and in practice. As such, he offers commercial insight, backed up excellent technical knowledge. His Corporate Finance expertise includes Management Buyout (MBOs), Management Buyins (MBIs), business valuations, financial due diligence assignments and the acquisition and disposal of companies. Phil acts as an Expert Witness in cases relating to these specialisms.
Andy Crook – Expert Witness in Accounting, Audit and Reporting
Andy has strong knowledge of audit and reporting, being especially proficient in the Generally Accepted Accounting Practice in the UK (old UK GAAP) relating to non-listed, privately owned companies in the UK. As an Expert Witness, he is suited to professional negligence claims where either the company or the auditor has been accused of wrong doing.
Iain Muffitt – Expert Witness in Financial Planning, Divorce and Pensions
Iain is a Chartered and Certified Financial Planner, a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and is accredited by the Society of Later Life Advisors (SOLLA). He has over 20 years’ experience of financial planning and his strong knowledge has led to him acting as an Expert Witness on a number of complex investment and pension cases.
Michael Lapham - Expert Witness in Financial Planning, Divorce and Pensions
Michael is a Chartered Financial Planner and a Fellow of The Personal Finance Society. He has a long established career in the Financial Services sector, and, in particular, financial planning. Michael acts as an Expert Witness in cases which require an independent specialist to review financial planning details and to report on findings.