Equal Representation for Expert Witnesses – what you need to know

June 2024

Event Details

Thursday 13th
Start Time:
6:00 pm
End Time:
8:30 pm
Chartered Accountants Hall, Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) are holding an in-person on 13th June, which is now available to members of The Academy of Experts.

Join us at Chartered Accountants’ Hall as our expert speakers delve into the Equal Representation for Expert Witnesses (ERE), providing invaluable perspectives on the challenges encountered by women who work, or aspire to work, as expert witnesses in all forms of dispute resolution.

The ERE was launched in May 2022 as a way of improving the visibility and representation of women in all sectors, as expert witnesses.

Along with The Academy of Experts ICAEW has signed up to this pledge, joining more than 1,500 signatories and more than 130 organisations across the globe. Developed with input from practitioners across dispute resolution firms and institutions, the ERE Pledge aims to encourage action and advocacy to:

  • Increase, on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appearing as experts in order to achieve proportional representation and, eventually, full parity.
  • Support hiring, mentoring and promoting women experts.
  • Create a coalition of supporters and advocates in the world of dispute resolution.
  • Encourage women to aspire to be expert witnesses in their chosen professions.
  • Give women who are, or aspire to be, expert witnesses, better opportunities to achieve their goals.
  • Widen the pool of expert witnesses available and enhance the reputation of expert witnesses.

To learn more about the ERE pledge and ICAEW’s commitment, read ICAEW’s latest article here.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to network with their peers following the discussion.

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About the speakers

Kathryn BrittenKathryn Britten, Partner & Managing Director, AlixPartners
Kathryn is a Chartered Accountant with more than 45 years experience in the profession serving as both an audit partner and a forensic accounting partner. She has provided dispute resolution services in complex commercial situations for 30 years. She has carried out many accounting investigations, provided pre-action and ongoing advice and support in litigation and international arbitration, and acted as an independent expert witness.

Kathryn has extensive experience in high-profile and sensitive, international cases and is one of the United Kingdom’s most senior forensic accountants and expert witnesses, having written hundreds of reports and given oral evidence on many occasions, in various fora. Her industry experience is extremely wide and includes industrials, hospitality, shipping, airlines, travel, natural resources, financial services, retail, TMT, pharmaceutical, and professional services.

Laura DymottLaura Dymott, Chair of the ICAEW Forensic & Expert Witness Community, Director – Forensic Services, FRP Advisory
Laura joined FRP in 2016 and is a Director in the Forensic Services team, based in our London office. Laura has a wide range of experience providing forensic, audit and advisory services to businesses and individuals across a range of industries. Her key strengths lie in leading forensic investigation matters while working alongside our contentious insolvency and formal insolvency specialists, where FRP is appointed as liquidators. Such cases require a wide range of forensic analysis, and the utilisation of our in-house document review platform – Relativity – to support legal claims. Laura has managed the investigation team on three high-profile liquidations in the retail sector, and the investigation into the collapse of an international hedge fund.

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