Aug 082013

Chartered Partners is recruiting ambitious new or recently qualified accountants to Associate positions in the Disputes Services team of a successful and rapidly growing forensic practice. 

Interesting candidates will be newly qualified accountants (September 2013) or will already have qualified and gained post qualification experience within an audit/advisory practice during the past 3 years.

In this disputes role your work will cover all stages of commercial and transaction disputes including;

  • Giving early advice in the initial stages of the dispute
  • Working closely with clients and counsel during the case preparation
  • Forming opinions and drafting expert witness reports
  • Assisting during the court or tribunal hearing.
Desired Skills & Experience
  • Strong academic record including a degree (in any subject)
  • Professional accountancy qualification
  • Experience of understanding, digesting, explaining, analysing company accounts and financial information
  • Skills in Excel, Word, PowerPoint

 You will have knowledge and experience of:

  • General accounts preparation
  • General business understanding
  • Commercial awareness
Experience and knowledge of some of the following areas are advantageous but not essential:
  • External Audit of companies
  • Principles of causation of damages (e.g. loss of profits, compensable costs, breach of warranties, misrepresentation, interest calculations)
  • Modelling, testing, documenting financial scenarios and anticipating challenges
  • Valuation and finance concepts (e.g. cost of capital, risk adjusted discount rates)
  • Analysing strengths/weaknesses of opposing cases, formulating alternative damage scenarios and advising on strategic implications
  • Different dispute resolution mechanisms (e.g. trial, civil hearing, mediation, arbitration, regulatory/competition tribunals)
  • Preparation of forensic/expert witness reports including review, analysis and verification of evidence
  • Liaising with clients, in-house counsel, external legal teams, witnesses, other experts and regulatory enforcers
  • Sale and purchase agreements, completion accounts, expert determination and transaction related disputes
  • Risk management
  • Language skills an advantage
  • Assertive and confident interpersonal skills
  • Ability to simultaneously handle diverse and pressing assignments and sensitive and adversarial situations
  • Critical Thinkers with very good attention to detail
  • Excellent reasoning skills
  • Ability to write cogently
  • Comfortable working both independently and in a team

Remuneration levels are based on experience and expertise and are in line with Big 4 London bandings.

Additional Notes:
  • This vacancy is open only to candidates who are able to work in the UK.
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  • Chartered Partners will respond to all appropriately qualified candidates who submit a CV and covering letter as soon as possible.

  •  August 8, 2013

Posted by: Chris McCann, Email:

Chris founded Chartered Partners with a mission to offer the accountancy and professional services market with a technically specialist, sensible, responsive and honest talent acquisition service. Candidates receive objective career consulting, not hard sells into jobs of no interest. Clients get sensible advice, thoughtful market intelligence, flexible pricing and strict adherence to recruitment protocol. Chris has worked for 4 years in the London tax practice of a Big 4 accounting firm and spent 14 years in recruitment, search and selection, including the past 10 years exclusively recruiting staff and partners for UK and international offices of Big 4 firms and advisory practices. When he is not recruiting or consulting on partner succession, career planning, digital marketing and social media matters, Chris can be found playing chess, football (and sometimes the fool) with his 6 year old son in Hertfordshire, UK.