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Expert Determination

Expert Determination is an Alternative Dispute Resolution process whereby an independent expert is appointed to resolve a dispute – typically a contractual or technical issue or a disagreement over share valuation.

Harwood Hutton’s forensic accounting team has been involved in numerous successful expert determination assignments. Team leader Adam Stronach has all the qualities and qualifications to perform the role and arrive at a decision to allow the parties to move forward with certainty and without the need to go to court.

We can provide expert determinations that are reasoned or unreasoned. An unreasoned determination simply provides the answer to the matter put to the expert, whereas the reasoned determination explains the expert’s reasoning in reaching the decision. The latter is the more costly option.

When do we get involved?       

  • When parties wish to reach a confidential resolution
  • When the disputed items are primarily issues of valuation
  • When parties wish to avoid the often lengthy process of litigation
  • When parties want a legally binding decision.

We work with clients and their legal advisers as required to ensure the work delivered is fit for purpose and provides the end client with value for money.

Reasons to choose Harwood Hutton

  • We offer an initial free, no-obligation telephone call or meeting.
  • Our team leader is an Academy of Experts member
  • We have lots of experience in preparing court reports and providing oral evidence in court
  • We provide clear, concise reports and summary documents
  • We offer a flexible and cost-effective service.




Adam Stronach outlines our forensic accounting capabilities.


Adam Stronach talks to publisher Kogan Page about professional negligence. Adam has co-authored a chapter on the subject in a new book on forensic accounting.

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    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
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    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
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