Continuing our series spotlighting the experience of our forensic directors, this article focuses on Nathan Choudhury, who began his forensic accounting career in 2007 and has specialised in dispute work since 2013. Nathan is recommended in Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader in Quantum of Damages (2020) who note that he “…is singled out by sources who praise his “outstanding analytical and communication skills””.
We sat down with Nathan to discuss his vision for the future of our firm, his goals and the skills and experience he brings to the team.
What is your vision for the future of our firm? How do you see yourself involved in bringing that to life?
The merger of Haberman Ilett with the wider Blackrock Expert Services Group in 2019 and the acquisition by Kroll in 2020 has brought lots of opportunities to work collaboratively with different areas of the businesses. I am particularly interested in seeing how we can develop our offerings with the Blackrock Expert Services construction delay team, who have been involved in some long-running projects that have greatly contributed to our success. Being able to contribute to these cases by quantifying losses and assessing the impact of the delays identified presents an exciting opportunity for us as damages experts, where we can combine our various skill sets to provide a complete package for clients.
What additional skills and/or experience do you bring to the team to complement its existing experience?
I was seconded to the in-house forensic team at a law firm for six months, where I worked day-to-day alongside the lawyers responsible for running numerous dispute cases. I gained first-hand insight into where quantum sits within the strategy of a case and how the legal team considered quantum in relation to other issues. This was valuable experience for me in understanding how to best explain quantum to legal teams in a way that can be easily digested and that will fit into the existing strategy of the case. This experience complements the work of the rest of the team at Haberman Ilett.
What do you want to achieve in the short-term and the long-term?
My key long-term aim is to be able to testify in my own right as an expert, something I have been working towards since choosing to specialise in disputes in 2013. Other key long term interests of mine include ensuring that we continue to foster an environment where working parents can be supported in maintaining a good balance between work and family.
In the short term, I’d like to focus on offering our services to different sectors we have not traditionally served, such as the entertainment, media and sports industries.
Anything else you want to tell us?
Within the forensic directors originally from Haberman Ilett and our new colleagues from Kroll, there is a wide pool of potential future experts and leaders, all with their own interests, skills and experience. This gives us the exciting opportunity to build the expert community of the future and to continue the success of the firm.