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A career in forensic accounting

Interview with Ron Walton, candidate placed by Hays Public Practice at Navigant Consulting.

What made you choose a career within the profession?
My father, who had his own business, held his accountant in high regard. I was encouraged to follow in his footsteps.

What attracted you to Forensic Accounting and Valuations?
I came to Forensics through a demand from my client base for valuations in support of litigation. I found that I enjoyed the challenge of independently forming my own opinion based on my analysis of the situation and reporting that in clear language.

What was the biggest decision you had to make along the way?
Taking the risk of giving up safe legacy work to take on a new service line.

What would you say is most appealing about your role?
The variety of clients and their needs - every assignment is different so every one is a new challenge.

What do you look for in a new recruit?

Qualifications are a given. What makes the difference is the ability to deal confidently with clients and to be able to identify the sturdy saplings of relevant facts in the forest of information that the client puts before you.

Describe an average day.
Really, there is no average day - whether it’s reviewing evidence, analysing information, consulting specialists and litigators or drafting the report - they all have their unique challenges.

What is most rewarding about your role?
Working in collaboration with a team of specialists to produce that incisive report that clients are more than happy to pay for!

What advice would you give to anyone looking to move into Forensic Accounting or Valuations?
Firstly, be quite clear about why you want to move into this discipline and what your personal attributes are that qualify you for the role. Secondly, have the confidence to put your case convincingly both verbally and in writing.

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