Most businesses will face a dispute situation at some point – whether it is a dispute with a supplier, a customer, a regulator, or a whole range of related issues. We can assist you throughout the process, whether in an informal forum or in litigation, mediation or arbitration. We help clients at any stage of a dispute, for example by providing independent advice to those contemplating a dispute, by investigating and analysing evidence related to the dispute, providing expert witness reports or advising on dispute resolution.
We can provide an unrivalled range of industry expertise and access to a number of specialists, including valuation experts and economists – drawing on both our local team and PwC's global network of firms. Our forensic services experts are experienced in giving evidence in court as well as in arbitration hearings and other forums.
An important and sometimes necessary facet of commercial dispute is the need for an expert to testify in court on the evidence.
Complex business disputes can arise anywhere in the world over a diverse set of circumstances. Organizations are beleaguered by litigation from competitors, customers, suppliers, subcontractors, employees, shareholders, business partners, regulators, and the public at-large. In these disputes, it is often the testimony of an expert witness that decides who will prevail.
Simply stated, the role of the expert witness is to provide objective opinions to the court on technical matters that require specialized knowledge or expertise. To be persuasive, an expert witness must be both experienced and knowledgeable in their field and must also be perceived as independent and objective.
Disputes vary by country, region and geography, so knowledge of local business customs and the related legal environment is crucial. With offices around the globe, we deliver the power of our firm with a local accent. We also understand the technical language of industry and how to translate it to local settings.
The PwC brand combined with our expert’s personal education, training and experience is a powerful combination. Many of our clients believe that we are the most credible source for expert testimony when it comes to their business affairs. In fact, jurors may even perceive our absence negatively, possibly indicating management’s desire not to be forthcoming with the true facts of their business.
Senior Manager, Forensic Services