Our Services and Specialisations include:

  • Audit and Accountancy
  • We advise a wide range of clients from the business development stage through to fast growing enterprises to large established businesses, providing commercial insight with technical expertise. A well planned audit process provides an ideal opportunity to review the continuous development of your business. Through the audit process we keep our clients abreast of any changes to financial reporting requirements and associated legislation and technical changes. Our experience, knowledge and practices ensure that audit work is completed as efficiently as possible, without disrupting our clients’ daily work.

  • Consultancy
  • We provide a full range of business development advice and ways in which a business can improve its competitiveness, profits and manage its future aspirations. This includes the preparation of business development strategies, business planning, competitor analysis, profit enhancement, growth strategies, raising capital/funds, tax planning, preparation for sale of the business and exit planning.

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Finance takes in a range of business advisory issues, covering advice to clients and also within the business. The goal of corporate finance is to maximise shareholder value while managing financial risks. This encompasses acquisitions and mergers, due diligence reports, corporate restructuring, raising funds for business development, preparation of business plans and financial projections, succession issues, valuation of business for sale and preparing your business for sale.

  • Tax Planning
  • We have many years of experience and expertise in all aspects of tax planning for individuals, businesses and trusts, as well as ensuring compliance with relevant tax law and regulation. We also provide advice on VAT planning as well as dealing with returns and associated accounting matters. For businesses we assist our clients in keeping to a minimum their corporate tax exposure. On personal tax issues we advise on income tax and self-assessment, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax, trusts and estates and non-domiciled tax issues.


Ian Cherry leads a team providing Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support Services.


Ian Cherry has been instructed by both claimant and defendant solicitors to advise the Court on claims for loss of profits and other matters as a Forensic Accountant and Expert Witness. He has been instructed as a Joint Expert on many occasions. In addition, he has been instructed by The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to advise on quantum of loss of earnings in criminal cases.


He has given evidence in The Royal Courts of Justice on several occasions, together with many appearances in County Court, Crown Court, and before employment and other tribunals. Ian is a qualified arbitrator and a panel member of the President’s appointments and referrals scheme of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has carried out many referrals.


He has prepared reports on quantum in cases of personal injury, fatal accidents, medical negligence, professional negligence, matrimonial disputes, commercial matters, company valuation disputes and fraud cases, money laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act applications.


Ian advised in the case of Kelly -v- Dawes, the first structured settlement achieved in this country. He has advised in other cases involving structured settlements.


Ian has appeared on radio and television commenting on forensic accounting matters and corporate fraud. He has written articles which have been published in specialised legal papers, accountancy magazines and press and was a consultant editor on a reference book written for forensic accounting practitioners. He has lectured on forensic accounting and fraud to fellow practitioners, solicitors and insurers and given presentations to lawyers and specialist groups of legal practitioners. He has also had several letters published in The Times on various accounting matters.


In addition to his forensic work, Ian is a registered auditor carrying out accountancy, tax and audit work for a wide range of clients.


Specific areas where we offer advice and support:

    Arbitration and Mediation Services

    Independent arbitration services which are performed under the Arbitration Act (1996), including contractual or partnership disputes where independent mediation can facilitate a resolution without the need for litigation.

    Banking Investigations

    Banking investigations includes tracing claims in contractual disputes; analysis of bank statements and bank records in criminal cases to establish quantum of theft.

    Business and Share Evaluation

    The evaluation of the value of private businesses for use in matrimonial proceedings or contractual disputes.

    Commercial Disputes

    Contractual disputes to evaluate potential loss or damages.

    Crime and Confiscation

    Assisting the defence or prosecution in criminal cases involving the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002), applications to identify or eliminate assets that can be traced to the proceeds of crime.

    Criminal Defence and Prosecution

    Acting as an Expert in criminal cases, for example, complex thefts of assets, duty evasion, tax evasion and complex fraud cases.

    Expert Determination/Arbitration

    The President’s appointments and referral scheme of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Typically includes many contractual or partnership disputes, for example, determining the closing value of assets on the dissolution of a partnership.

    Expert Witness

    Legal disputes involving litigation where accountancy matters are involved necessitating a report to the Court and appearance in court or before a tribunal.

    Fatal Accident Claims

    The determination of loss of dependency in fatal accident claims brought under the Law Reform Act (1934) and the Fatal Accidents Act (1976), and includes the determination of earnings and pension in loss dependency cases, the deduction for expenditure on self and joint purse approach to the evaluation of loss of dependency.

    Fraud/Regulatory Investigations and related work

    Advice in cases brought under the Fraud Act (2006), or regulatory cases brought by regulatory bodies.

    Insurance Claims

    Valuation of financial losses in cases involving road traffic accidents, business interruption and liability insurance.

    Intellectual Property Disputes

    Reports and/or advice in cases involving Intellectual Property including royalties disputes, loss of profits, copyright and the valuation of goodwill.

    Loss of Earnings and Pension Rights

    Valuation of quantum loss of earnings in negligence cases, for example, road traffic accidents and fatal accident cases which also includes commercial disputes and professional negligence cases. Additionally, the valuation of loss of pension in cases of loss of earnings or fatal accidents.

    Matrimonial/Divorce Investigations and Valuations

    Valuation of businesses used in matrimonial disputes, evaluation of the parties involved in terms of their past and future earnings potential in matrimonial disputes and valuation of pensions.

    Personal Injury (PI) Claims

    Valuation of loss of earnings and pension in PI claims typically arising from road traffic accidents.

    Proceeds of Crime

    Tracing claims in the Proceeds of Crime Act application. Please also see Professional Negligence below.

    Professional Negligence

    Investigations and reports into professional negligence claims typically arising from advice given or failed to be given by professionals, for example accountancy advice regarding complex tax matters.

    Quantum Investigation

    This focuses on providing an opinion on quantum of loss in litigation disputes.

    Tax Investigations

    Expert reports and advice arising from HMRC tax investigations.

    Valuations for Litigation purposes

    This includes business valuations, goodwill valuations, asset valuations, royalty valuations, loss of income streams and business interruption cases.


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A I Cherry is the trading name of A I Cherry Limited, a company which is registered in England and Wales
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