HKA announces Clare Lavin has joined as Partner in the Forensic Accounting Commercial Damages team, based in Dubai

HKA, a leading global consultancy in risk mitigation, dispute resolution, expert witness and litigation support services, announced today that Clare Lavin has joined HKA as Partner in the Forensic Accounting Commercial Damages team, based in Dubai.  

Clare is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience, who regularly testifies in litigation and arbitration matters on accounting quantum and financial-related issues. Having been based in Dubai for over 12 years, she has worked on a number of complex disputes and investigations across the Middle East.

“We are delighted that Clare has joined our team of experts, supporting our Forensic Accounting Commercial Damages growth strategy in the Middle East. Her experience in dealing with all manner of forensic accounting assignments as well as being a go-to expert in the region will be greatly valued by the EMEA team as we continue to grow our presence and enhance our service offering in the region.”  

Haroon Niazi, Partner and Head of Middle East.

Clare has a wide range of experience in the disputes field including early case assessment, loss of profit calculations, shareholders disputes, earn-out arrangements, professional negligence, SPA disputes, joint venture arrangements, and contract breaches or terminations.

Her sector experience includes hospitality and leisure, construction and real estate, oil and gas, shipping, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, facilities management, consumer goods, and distribution.

“I am delighted to welcome Clare as the latest partner in our EMEA team as we continue to expand our reach. We look forward to working together as an integrated team.”

Colin Johnson, Partner, Head of Forensic Accounting and Commercial Damages, EMEA

Clare has testified in litigation and has supported clients and experts in matters before the Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts; the high courts of England and Wales, and New Zealand; and the commercial court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her arbitration experience includes matters before the DIAC, ICC, and DIFC-LCIA for disputes across the Middle East. 

“I am extremely excited to join HKA and be part of the growing Forensic Accounting Commercial Damages team. I look forward to complementing the work of such a talented group of experts to deliver what our clients need in multi-faceted disputes and those with increasing complexity in the region.”

Clare Lavin, Partner, Forensic Accounting Commercial Damages

Clare is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds an advanced professional award in expert witness evidence from Legal Experience Training. She is a highly recognised and well-regarded accounting expert witness in Dubai, UAE. 

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HKA is the leading global consultancy in risk mitigation, dispute resolution, expert witness, and litigation support services. We use our multi-disciplinary expertise to provide a comprehensive set of specialist services:

  • Expert, Claims, and Advisory services for the capital projects and infrastructure sector
  • Forensic Accounting and Commercial Damages services for all types of contracts, including commercial and investment treaty disputes
  • Consulting services to support companies working on U.S. Federal Government contracts

Headquartered in the UK, HKA brings a proud record of excellent service and high achievement to bear on today’s challenges. As trusted independent consultants, experts and advisers, we help clients manage disputes, risk and uncertainty on complex contracts and challenging projects.

We work with government agencies, local authorities, contractors, legal firms, and other professional service providers, as well as owners and operators, financial institutions and insurers. Clients have access to leaders and problem-solvers who decode complexity through collaborative working and innovative thinking, making the best possible outcomes a reality for our clients, every time.

As well as more than 500 expert witnesses, HKA now has in excess of 500 advisors and consultants – across 40+ offices in 18 countries – with the skills and experience that are essential to get to the heart of even the most complex issues. Our people have vast first-hand experience spanning all major industries and the world’s most complex megaprojects, as well as an international track record of achieving successful outcomes.

HKA’s global portfolio includes some of the world’s largest and most prestigious commissions across a wide range of industries including buildings, industrial and manufacturing, power and utilities, resources, transportation infrastructure, technology, financial services, government contracts and non-profit.

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TitleRegional Marketing Manager
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