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.

Chris Hatcher FCA, MAE, MEWI

The division is headed up by Chris Hatcher FCA, MAE, MEWI, who 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.

Anne Smith, ACA, CTA

Anne Smith - Watts Gregory

Matters with a strong tax element are frequently undertaken by Chris’ fellow partner, Anne Smith ACA, CTA, who also 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.

Whilst Chris and Anne undertake both advisory and expert reports in their own right, including single joint experts appointments, they have on a number of occasions combined to provide joint reports with Chris dealing with business valuation matters and Anne the related tax aspects.