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Auditor and Director Negligence

Morris Forensic has extensive experience providing expert opinion evidence and consulting expert services in matters where claims have been made against accounting firms alleging negligent accounting advice and audits.

Our team members have worked in, or in connection with, audit throughout their careers. Brian was the partner responsible for Edwards Marshall’s audit practice for a number of years, at which time he served on the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. Brian Morris, Nick Lopez and Martin White continue to be consulted on technical audit issues.

Significant Matters

Brian Morris has provided expert witness services in connection with some of Australia’s largest auditor and director negligence litigation, including:

  • Dick Smith Holdings Ltd (Receivers and Managers appointed) (In Liquidation) v Nicholas Abboud & Ors
  • Mr G R Swan – in respect of the 2017 audit of Big Un Limited
  • Octaviar Administration Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) (formerly MFS Administration Pty Ltd) v KPMG
  • Property Ventures Limited & Ors v PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ann Street Mezzanine Pty Ltd & Ors v KPMG (re Westpoint Group)
  • Australian Motor Finance Limited v Bentleys
  • Australian Property Custodian Holdings Limited v Pitcher Partners
  • Banksia Securities Ltd (Receivers & Managers Appointed) (In Liquidation) v Patrick Godfrey & Ors and Banksia Securities Ltd (Receivers & Managers Appointed) (In Liquidation) v Trust Company (Nominees) Limited
  • Re Beneficial Finance Corporation Ltd – investigation into the audits undertaken by Price Waterhouse
  • Bill Express Limited v Pitcher Partners
  • Southern Equities Corporation Ltd (In Liquidation) (formerly Bond Corporation Holdings Ltd) v Arthur Andersen
  • Re State Bank of South Australia– investigation into the audits undertaken by KPMG Peat Marwick
  • Sons of Gwalia Ltd (Subject to DOCA) v Ernst & Young and Ors
  • Charles Hodges v Sandhurst Trustees Ltd (re the audit of LKM Capital Limited)
  • Emanuel Management Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) & Ors v Foster’s Brewing Group Ltd & Ors
  • Environinvest Ltd (Receivers & Managers appointed) (In Liquidation) v Webster & Ors
  • Ernst Young in respect of a complaint brought by ASIC in respect of the audit of Assist Finance Corporation Limited
  • Executor Trustee Australia Limited and Ors v KPMG Peat Marwick Hungerfords (re the audit of Excel Finance Corporation Ltd (Receivers & Managers Appointed)
  • Re Great Southern Limited
  • Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust Inc v Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu & Ors
  • Gunns Limited v KPMG
  • Harris Scarfe Ltd (Receivers & Managers Appointed) v Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • LM Investment Management Ltd (Receivers & Managers Appointed)(In Liquidation) v Ernst & Young and Ors
  • Nathans Finance NZ Limited (In Receivership) v Staples Rodway
  • NCF Financial Services Ltd v PKF
  • New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and certain members of PricewaterhouseCoopers (a disciplinary action concerning the audits of Wynyard Group Limited and Vista Group Limited)
  • Normans Wines Limited v Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • Provident Capital Limited (Receivers & Managers Appointed) (In Liquidation) v M O’Sullivan & Ors
  • Richard Kirby v Centro Properties Ltd & Anor and Richard Kirby v Centro Retail Ltd & Anor
  • Strategic Finance Limited (In Receivership and Liquidation) v BDO Spicers