Solutions

Disputes & Litigation Advisory

In a complex business dispute, Deloitte works with organisations and their lawyers in judicial and alternative dispute resolution forums, across a range of jurisdictions.

  • Need to resolve a dispute as efficiently, favourably and cost effectively as possible
  • Assessing the economic loss arising from alleged breach of contract or other dispute (e.g. business interruption, breach of warranty)
  • Need to identify key evidence from large data sets to help build or defend a claim

Local knowledge and experience:

  • Experienced, testifying experts based in Switzerland, fluent in English, German, French and Italian
  • Global reach, industry expertise and multidisciplinary approach:
  • We are able to draw on the intellectual capital of 200,000 professionals worldwide and to tailor our service to clients specific needs

Significant international arbitration experience:

Our professionals have experience in giving written and oral expert evidence before all the major institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration, International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), American Arbitration Association (AAA), Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Swiss Chambers.

Tools and technology:

Deloitte professionals are armed with leading technical know-how, proprietary software and cutting-edge methodologies.

  • Expert Witness
  • International Arbitration
  • Litigation Support
  • Economic Consulting
  • Claims Management

Our approach

How we've helped our clients

A global consumer goods company terminated a contract with one of its suppliers. The supplier (the Claimant) alleged that this was a breach of contract by the company, and it initiated arbitration proceedings at the ICC. The company commissioned Deloitte to provide an expert witness service, to provide an independent estimate of the amount of damages payable and also to rebut an expert report received from the Claimant as part of the arbitration process.

A Deloitte team reviewed the relevant clauses in the supply contract to establish the principles to apply to the calculation of economic loss in the event of a contract breach. It also reviewed management information from the Claimant of weekly supply forecasts and delivery data, to obtain an understanding of inventory movements. It then analysed the Claimant’s expert report to identify weaknesses in its assumptions arguments and calculations. Substantial shortcomings were discovered in this report, including unsubstantiated assumptions, accounting inconsistencies, misinterpretation, errors in calculation methods and a failure to include mitigation of loss. As a result, Deloitte’s estimate of the Claimant’s loss was much lower than the amount put forward by the Claimant’s expert.

The team prepared a detailed rebuttal report for the client, together with a supplementary report addressing the opinions of the Claimant’s expert. The dispute was eventually settled just before the arbitration hearing, for an amount much lower than the claim. Our instructing lawyers told us: “Your expert reports contributed decisively to our client’s success.”

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Nic Carrington

Nic Carrington

Partner

Nic is a Partner in Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice in Switzerland. He specialises in forensic advisory, financial crime fraud and corruption investigations, advising on cases involving white c... More

John Biggart

John Biggart

Director

John is a chartered accountant, with more than 13 years experience in disputes and forensic investigations. He specialises in the quantification of damages and has worked in large scale litigation and... More