Crowe bolsters Forensic Services team with new partner arrival

National audit, tax, advisory and risk firm, Crowe, has appointed Martin Chapman as a partner in the firm’s Forensic Services practice.

Martin has upwards of 17 years’ experience providing forensic accounting and investigation services, and has worked in the broader audit, accountancy and corporate services space for more than two decades.

Crowe is developing its forensic accounting offering and reinforcing its commitment to the Midlands region by establishing a new presence in Birmingham’s city centre. Martin will be based in Birmingham’s Colmore Building, working with clients both regionally and nationally. He will be joined by Neil Rudd, who has been appointed as senior manager.

Martin has worked with a range of clients including law firms, insurance companies, corporate entities, individuals in dispute, not-for-profit organisations, public sector bodies including the NHS, and government and regulatory bodies. He has provided expert witness and advisory support for defendants and claimants and acted as a single joint expert.

Martin’s specialisms cover the broad spectrum of forensic services. At Crowe, his focus will be to undertake expert witness work as either a named expert or advisor, as well as assist clients in investigation work and insurance claims where necessary.

The appointments of Martin and Neil come at a time of significant and sustained growth for Crowe. The expansion of the Forensic Services team further underlines the firm’s focus on attracting and developing top talent.

Martin Chapman, partner in Forensic Services, said: “I am absolutely delighted to join Crowe and take a lead role in developing Crowe’s forensic offering in the Midlands.

“The demand for forensic accounting services is rising in tandem with legal disputes resulting from the heightened financial pressure on entities and individuals. With the increased number of firms offering legal funding and the rise of class actions, forensic services will be a vital tool in litigation proceedings. Furthermore, as fraud continues to dominate the criminal landscape amidst economic downturn and a cost-of-living crisis, the requirement for forensic services will be even more prevalent.

“I see this as an exciting time to be a forensic accountant and to be a partner at Crowe.”

Nigel Bostock, chief executive of Crowe, said :“I am very pleased to welcome Martin to the Crowe partnership. His appointment is an important step in our ongoing growth journey and is testament to our commitment to building market-leading teams to offer our clients practical, pragmatic advice in these challenging times.”