Robert Smith

B.Ec / CA / GradDipMgmt
Associate Director – Forensic Services
Accredited Forensic Accounting Specialist (CA ANZ)
Personal injury
Wrongful death
Compensation to relatives
Insurance litigation
Expert witness

Expertise

Robert’s main area of expertise is the assessment of damages for personal injury and wrongful death (predominantly as a result of a motor vehicle accident).

Robert accepts instructions from Plaintiffs and Defendant Insurers.

Robert’s independent expert witness reports are regularly used in disputes before the Supreme Court of NSW, the District Court of NSW and the NSW Claims Assessment and Resolution Service (CARS). Robert is an experienced expert witness in court.

Since the introduction of the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 (NSW), Robert has regularly been instructed to assess the pre-accident weekly earnings and weekly statutory benefits of injured self-employed proprietors.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Economics (Professional Accounting), Macquarie University
  • Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand
  • Graduate Diploma of Management, Australian Graduate School of Management
  • CA Forensic Accounting Specialist (CA ANZ)

Background

Robert developed his forensic accounting skills reporting on the financial affairs of insolvent, or near insolvent companies to banks, government and other stakeholders. Since 2002, those skills have been applied to assist litigants with accounting, finance and business evidence.

Robert has given expert witness evidence on issues that include the assessment of damages and economic loss, loss of dependency and expected financial support, business valuation, and the findings of financial investigations. The subject matter of such evidence has usually been small to medium enterprises from all the major industries.

Robert’s expertise has assisted Courts, litigants, claimants and insurers with personal injury and wrongful death claims, compensation to relatives claims, business interruption insurance claims, commercial litigation disputes and family law property disputes.

Memberships

  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

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