In today’s complex financial and business world there is often
the need for a forensic accountant with meticulous attention
to detail combined with analytical and interpretive skills of
the highest order.
David Cook is a chartered accountant with over 40 years
experience of acting for corporate and private clients. David
operates solely as a forensic accountant and expert witness
and offers a diligent, personal and cost effective approach.
Chris Gahagan is a chartered accountant, who has a law
degree, with over 20 years experience. Chris worked with
David at PKF, has strong commercial expertise and has joined
DRC Forensics Limited to broaden the strength of the team.
DRC Forensics Limited offers the complete range of forensic
accounting and litigation support. Services including:
* Money laundering
* Confiscation orders
* Loss of profit
* Professional negligence
* Personal injury
* Fatal accident
* Partnership disputes
* Shareholder disputes
* Business valuations
* Matrimonial including collaborative law
* Mis-selling of Hedging Products (IRHP)
David has extensive experience of acting as single joint
expert as well as for both claimants and defendants, a fact
that gives him a valuable insight into the opposing side’s
case. As well as civil litigation, David also frequently advises
in criminal matters, both for the defence and the
Chris has considerable experience of valuations in
commercial situations and in dealing with financial
investigations and commercial disputes. He is broadening his
range of expertise by assisting David on a range of cases.
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Accredited by the Institute as a Forensic Accountant
Member of the Academy of Experts and Accredited by them as an
Expert Witness Member of the Society of Expert Witnesses
Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association
David qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1965 and
became a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in
England and Wales in 1975. He is a member of the
Institute’s Special Interest Groups for Forensic Work and Valuations.
David is a Justice of the Peace.
David is a Law Society Approved Expert Witness, has
undertaken Single Joint Expert Training and is a member of
the Society of Expert Witnesses. He is used to producing
Expert Reports, giving evidence in Court and acting for
Prosecution / Complainant, Defence or as a Single Joint Expert.
David joined a predecessor firm of Pannell Kerr Forster in
1966 and became a Partner in 1969. He was Chairman and
previously Managing Partner of the Bristol office. He was
responsible for Forensic Accounting work in that office.
David left the firm in February 1996 and joined NMGW as the
partner heading up Forensic Accounting. On 28 October
2001 NMGW was acquired by Numerica Group plc and he
became the Bristol Director of Numerica Forensic Accounting
and Dispute Resolution Limited.
In November 2004 David joined Bentley Jennison as the
director heading up their Forensic Accounting team based in
Bristol and the South West.
In 2009 David set up DRC Forensics Limited to offer his own personal service.
Experience and skills
David has a wide range of commercial and corporate
expertise, particularly business advice, financial planning and taxation. David has been widely involved in valuing
businesses for acquisition, disposal, management buy outs, reorganisation etc. as well as in dispute situations.
David has considerable expertise in litigation support and investigations, especially in relation to supporting lawyers on the accounting and financial aspects of business and commercial disputes, professional negligence, fraud investigations and other criminal matters.
As well as work for lawyers David has carried out assignments for the Serious Fraud Office, SOCA and the Solicitors Indemnity Fund and assignments for and claims against Banks.
David has also carried out work on matrimonial disputes and personal injury claims particularly where a business is involved.
David has had extensive involvement in both Criminal and Civil matters.