Trevor Dick
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22/F CITIC Tower
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Hong Kong
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+852 2846 9080
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Trevor Dick is a seasoned financial expert with over 25 years of diverse accounting experience. Since 1999, he has been based in Hong Kong where he has been engaged by clients to provide expert assistance in connection with a variety of disputes in the Asia-Pacific region. He has provided written and oral expert accounting testimony before the High Court in Hong Kong and in various international arbitrations under the ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, AAA, CIETAC and HKIAC rules.‚Äč

Describe your career to date.

I trained as an auditor with a medium-sized firm of chartered accountants in the City of London. Post-qualification I moved to a forensic accounting boutique in London and subsequently accepted an offer from that firm to transfer to its Hong Kong office for “a year or two”.

Almost 20 years later I am still in Hong Kong and I am now a partner in EY’s forensic and integrity services practice specialising in the provision of expert accounting evidence in connection with disputes that are the subject of either litigation or arbitration.

You do a mix of investigations and disputes work. To what extent do these two sides of your practice complement one another?

To an increasingly large extent. It is becoming relatively common for contentious engagements to involve both a forensic work stream (for example, a forensic investigation to establish the facts associated with alleged breaches of contract and provide a basis for expressing their impact on quantum) plus funds or asset-tracing procedures alongside a more traditional quantum analysis and opinion.

What qualities do you think are most important in order to succeed as a forensic accountant?

A curious, rigorous and sceptical mindset. A willingness to expend the intellectual effort required to uncover and understand complex fact patterns. The ability to turn rigorous analyses of financial and economic data into clear and compelling written reports that effectively communicate findings to clients, instructing solicitors, judges and arbitral tribunals. A willingness to admit and deal with mistakes or misunderstandings when they arise. The confidence to be a robust advocate for one’s legitimately held professional opinions.

On what types of matters are clients coming to you most frequently at present?

My practice is a pleasantly diverse mix of acquisition disputes, joint venture disputes,

minority shareholder actions, business interruption claims and assisting high-net-worth individuals with trust, estate and matrimonial matters.

How competitive is the market at present?

It’s very competitive. There are some very good experts based in Hong Kong and clients are increasingly willing to instruct internationally when subject matter expertise is more important than local knowledge.

I invest a great deal of time in the delivery of written and oral proposals in which I seek to differentiate and communicate the strengths of my team in order to enable clients to make an informed choice.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Pride comes before a fall so perhaps I should answer this question carefully! It’s difficult to beat the feelings you experience at the conclusion of a robust cross-examination. One always remembers one’s first time, and I have particularly fond memories of a good lunch in Paris at the conclusion of my first ICC arbitration hearing.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start a career in the field of forensic accounting?

For those at the beginning of their careers, there is a choice between joining a forensic team as a graduate and training and qualifying in the business versus training as an auditor, insolvency practitioner or in some other discipline before moving into the forensic field post-qualification. Both routes have their merits.

I would advise against specialising too early if you can help it. Forensic accounting is an increasingly broad discipline and gathering experience across the spectrum (and in as many different geographies and business sectors as possible) early in one’s career will inevitably pay off down the line.

Biography:

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Trevor Dick is a partner in EY’s fraud investigation and dispute services practice based in Hong Kong. He is an experienced financial expert with more than 20 years of diverse accounting experience incorporating 18 years as a forensic accountant, investigating and opining on matters concerning breach of contract, business interruption, minority shareholder and joint venture disputes, acquisitions and disposals, the valuation of shares and businesses, and financial investigations in relation to matters such as fraud and insider dealing.

Since 1999, Trevor has been based in Hong Kong where he has been engaged by clients to provide expert assistance in connection with a variety of disputes pertaining to matters in Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Singapore, the Philippines and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region. He has provided written and oral expert accounting testimony before the High Court in Hong Kong and in various international arbitrations under the ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, AAA, CIETAC and HKIAC rules. Trevor is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a practising member of the Academy of Experts.

WWL says: Trevor Dick is “excellent” when it comes to providing expert counsel for arbitration disputes, where he wins praise for his “commercial and measured” approach.

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