About

Network of Independent Forensic Accountants

Watts Gregory Forensics is a division of Watts Gregory LLP, Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors, which has a traditional client base across South, West & Mid Wales, serviced from its conveniently located offices off junction 30 of the M4 motorway, north of Cardiff.

Whilst forensic accounting and expert witness services are commonly provided to a range of organisations and individuals throughout the above areas, such services frequently extend to the Midlands, West Country and South West of England, with London and the South East also being regular sources of work. The firm is a member of the Network of Independent Forensic Accountants (NIFA), as well as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and the UK200 Group of Practicing Chartered Accountants & Lawyers.

Hollie Edwards-Davies LLB BSc FCCA

Hollie is Director of Forensic Accounting & Specialist Services at Watts Gregory and has worked with small and medium sized businesses over a period of more than 20 years. In addition, she has experience of working in senior roles in government and with local authorities. 

Qualifications and memberships

  • LLB (Hons) in Law with Legal Studies in Europe, University of Reading
  • BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting, Oxford Brookes University
  • Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Member of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Forensic and Valuation Communities
  • Member of the UK200 Group Forensic Accounting Group
  • Affiliate member of Resolution
  • Treasurer of NIFA

Experience

  • Business valuations for advisory purposes and for Court, for example in divorce proceedings and shareholder disputes
  • Financial investigations (including under the Proceeds of Crime Act)
  • Loss of profits and consequential loss claims
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Internal reviews, investigations into financial irregularities/system failures and due diligence assignments
  • Supporting clients with raising finance and selling their business

Anne Smith, ACA, CTA

Anne Smith - Watts Gregory

Matters with a strong tax element are frequently undertaken by partner Anne Smith ACA, CTA, who has many years’ experience of preparing expert reports.

Qualifications and memberships

  • Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).
  • Holds the highest qualification of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), that of a Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA).

Experience

  • Capital gains tax.
  • Inheritance tax.
  • Tax efficient extraction of funds from a business.

Chris Hatcher FCA, MAE, MEWI

Chris Hatcher - Watts Gregory

Chris is a former partner of Watts Gregory and now consultant. He has 30+ years of experience providing forensic accountancy and expert witness services, with experience of providing evidence in the Civil, Family & Criminal Courts.

Qualifications and memberships

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA).
  • Member of the Expert Witness Institute (MAE).
  • Member of the Expert Witness Institute (MEWI).
  • Accredited expert witness under the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales scheme.
  • Affiliate member of Resolutions.

Experience

  • Share and business valuations.
  • Shareholder, partnership and commercial disputes.
  • Loss of profits and consequential loss assessments.
  • Crime (fraud, theft, false accounting).
  • Professional negligence.
  • Financial services/product mis-selling.