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Kathryn Britten

Kathryn Britten

AlixPartners UK LLP6 New Street SquareLondonEnglandEC4A 3BF
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Arbitration Expert Witnesses 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kathryn Britten stands out as "one of the top arbitration experts dealing with auditing misstatements and malpractice" and impresses market commentators with "her deep understanding of financial issues, which leads her to very sound conclusions in testimony".

Biography

Kathryn is a chartered accountant and a managing director at AlixPartners. She has specialised in forensic accounting and dispute consulting services for the past 25 years and has more than 40 years’ experience in the accounting profession. She is one of the UK’s most senior and experienced accounting experts with extensive experience of both litigation and arbitration.

Kathryn carries out financial and regulatory investigations and provides expert witness and dispute resolution services in arbitration and litigation, including early assessment and advice, on-going support, reporting and testifying before courts and tribunals. She also advises in alternative dispute resolution including mediation and expert determination and is regularly appointed as an independent determiner.

Kathryn is engaged in disputes concerning financial accounting and auditing issues as well as quantum and damages calculations. She has worked across a very wide range of industries and sectors including professional services, financial services, natural resources, telecommunications, IT, hospitality, wholesale, retail, pharmaceutical, construction, shipping, logistics, airlines, travel and transport, as well as the public sector and regulators. She has extensive experience in high-profile and international cases involving accounting and auditing issues or complex calculations of loss and damages.

Kathryn has written hundreds of accounting and quantum reports and has testified on many occasions. She is particularly known for her keen analytical mind, her professionalism and her ability to adapt to clients’ needs. Her extensive knowledge and wealth of experience enable her to provide robust oral testimony and to assist with successful and significant settlements outside the courts. 

Kathryn’s experience includes disputes arising from M&A transactions, joint ventures and shareholder disputes, completion accounts disputes, claims for breach of warranty, misrepresentation, breach of contract and loss of profit, competition matters, fraudulent accounting, regulatory investigations, professional negligence and insurance claims. She has worked with law firms in the United Kingdom and across Europe, in the Far East and in the United States, on cases involving entities in the UK and Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, India, Africa, the United States and South America.

With an honours degree in mathematics, Kathryn trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with a predecessor of PwC, qualifying in 1979. In 1990 she joined BDO, where she became partner in 1995. She was an audit partner (until 2005) and a forensic partner, eventually becoming that firm’s UK head of forensic accounting. She joined KPMG in 2010 where she was chairman of KPMG Forensic in the UK until 2016. She is a regular speaker at events for lawyers including members of Arbitral Women and in-house lawyers, as well as lawyers involved in all forms of dispute resolution.

Kathryn is a member of the council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), past chairman of the ICAEW’s forensic and expert witness group, past vice-chairman of its commercial board and immediate past chairman of the ICAEW’s audit committee.

Kathryn became a Fellow of the ICAEW in 1989 and a Fellow of the Academy of Experts in 2006. She is a certified fraud examiner, has trained as a mediator with CEDR, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Kathryn has recently been appointed to the board of the London Chamber of Arbitration.

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WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kathryn Britten is an accounting specialist who is highly respected among peers thanks to her impressive work in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Biography

Kathryn is a chartered accountant and a managing director at AlixPartners. She has specialised in forensic accounting and dispute consulting services for the last 25 years and has more than 40 years’ experience in the accounting profession. She is one of the UK’s most senior and experienced accounting experts with extensive experience of both litigation and arbitration.

Kathryn carries out financial and regulatory investigations and provides expert witness and dispute resolution services in arbitration and litigation, including early assessment and advice, on-going support, reporting and testifying before courts and tribunals. She also advises in alternative dispute resolution including mediation and expert determination and is regularly appointed as an independent determiner.

Kathryn is engaged in disputes concerning financial accounting and auditing issues as well as quantum and damages calculations. She has worked across a very wide range of industries and sectors including professional services, financial services, natural resources, telecommunications, IT, hospitality, wholesale, retail, pharmaceutical, construction, shipping, logistics, airlines, travel and transport, as well as the public sector and regulators. She has extensive experience in high-profile and international cases involving accounting and auditing issues or complex calculations of loss and damages.

Kathryn has written hundreds of accounting and quantum reports and has testified on many occasions. She is particularly known for her keen analytical mind, her professionalism and her ability to adapt to clients’ needs. Her extensive knowledge and wealth of experience enable her to provide robust oral testimony and to assist with successful and significant settlements outside the courts. 

Kathryn’s experience includes disputes arising from M&A transactions, joint ventures and shareholder disputes, completion accounts disputes, claims for breach of warranty, misrepresentation, breach of contract and loss of profit, competition matters, fraudulent accounting, regulatory investigations, professional negligence and insurance claims. She has worked with law firms in the United Kingdom and across Europe, in the Far East and in the United States, on cases involving entities in the UK and Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, India, Africa, the United States and South America.

With an honours degree in mathematics, Kathryn trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with a predecessor of PwC, qualifying in 1979. In 1990 she joined BDO, where she became partner in 1995. She was an audit partner (until 2005) and a forensic partner, eventually becoming that firm’s UK head of forensic accounting. She joined KPMG in 2010 where she was chairman of KPMG Forensic in the UK until 2016. She is a regular speaker at events for lawyers including members of Arbitral Women and in-house lawyers, as well as lawyers involved in all forms of dispute resolution.

Kathryn is a member of the council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), past chairman of the ICAEW’s forensic and expert witness group, past vice-chairman of its commercial board and immediate past chairman of the ICAEW’s audit committee.

Kathryn became a Fellow of the ICAEW in 1989 and a Fellow of the Academy of Experts in 2006. She is a certified fraud examiner, has trained as a mediator with CEDR, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Kathryn has recently been appointed to the board of the London Chamber of Arbitration.

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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