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Forensics and Litigation Consulting - Digital

As data analysis becomes an increasingly important part of forensic accounting and investigations, the field of practitioners continues to grow. While the more established accounting firms remain dominant, the younger boutiques are hot on their heels. Europe and North America remain the most mature markets: the UK High Court recently approved predictive coding for a second time, securing e-discovery’s position while the recent uptick in FCPA and investigations activity has led to an increasing desire for e-discovery and digital forensic work in the US. In this chapter, we have selected 80 experts as leading figures in their field.

Most Highly Regarded Experts
Paul Walker Ernst & Young, London
Paul Tombleson KPMG, London
Phil Beckett Alvarez & Marsal, London
Greg Mason Forensic Risk Alliance, Providence
Brett Clapp FTI Consulting, Hong Kong

At Deloitte, 14 names stand out from the firm’s offices across four continents. Corey Fotheringham in Toronto leads the firm’s eastern division of its analytic and forensic technology practice. He is “astute and intuitive” and offers “a solutions-oriented approach”. Baldwin Kramer is head of the forensic practice in the Netherlands and is distinguished for his “many years of experience”. He is considered by clients to be “a major figure” in digital forensics. Richard Kershaw in Zurich is a “leading light” in the field of e-discovery, and has experience in multiple sectors including financial services, life sciences and aerospace. In Hong Kong, Richard Williams is “highly adept” at using technology to assist in matters relating to fraud, corruption, breaches of the FCPA, and disputes, and is described by clients as “very easy to work with; and allows time for client participation”. Benny Lee in Melbourne is the Asia-Pacific leader of the discovery practice. He is described by clients as having “a holistic understanding of discovery and digital forensics”.

KPMG garners six recommendations, with Paul Tombleson in London emerging as a leading name in our research. He is lauded as being “world-class” and he undertakes engagements in the UK and internationally. He is described by clients as “fiercely analytical” and praised for displaying “the utmost professionalism”. Eddie Toh in Singapore is director of the forensic practice, where he is an “influential leader” who “responds to difficult and complex problems with aplomb”. Dominic Jaar in Montreal is national leader of the forensic technology services practice, and is “extremely knowledgeable” and provides “expert counsel”.

PwC also achieves six recommendations. Jeremy Outen is forensic services leader in Russia, where his “many years of experience” have proven him to be “a key figure in the field of digital forensics”. In London, Umang Paw leads the electronic disclosure and governance practice. He offers “a depth of knowledge” in the field of e-discovery, including e-disclosure and investigative assignments across a variety of industry sectors, especially large cross-border matters. Also in London, Tom Lewis is “at the forefront” when it comes to data analytics, the practice area he leads at the firm. He possesses “a strong understanding of the field” according to peers.

Berkeley Research Group also sees six recommendations. In London, Michael Jelen is “dynamic and innovative” in his work on Big Data and data management, and is “highly commercially aware”. Alexander Carte is leader of the firm’s UK forensic technology practice; a practice in which he is “extremely well-versed”. He has earned a reputation as “a meticulous and dynamic practitioner”. Margaret “Peggy” Daley in Chicago is “confident and assured in large cases”, and has been called “a real specialist in her field” by clients.

Five names are recommended at Stroz Friedberg. James Aquilina in Los Angeles leads the firm’s global digital forensics practice. He offers “creative solutions based on the statistics”, and is “very affable” and “a pleasure to work with”. Seth Berman in Boston offers “a strategic approach” while “remaining aware of the clients’ needs”. He advises on complex digital investigations in both the US and Europe.

At FTI, four individuals are recognised as leaders in the field. Brett Clapp in Hong Kong is a leading name in our research. He leads the firm’s data analytics practice in the Asia Pacific region, where he demonstrates “incredible expertise” in data extraction and analysis and offers “well-considered, targeted advice”. In London, Craig Earnshaw is considered by his clients to be “dynamic and creative”. Ian Smith is a “key figure” in the field of digital forensics, and “always offers strong advice”. Also in London, Christopher Hatfield is a “real strategist”. Clients describe him as “fiercely talented”.

At Navigant, four individuals are also featured in our listings. Ashley Smith in Los Angeles is managing director within the legal technology solutions practice, where she offers “great expertise” and “works with clients towards a solution”. Mark Clews in Irvine is a managing director within the legal technology solutions practice; he is “always meticulous” and “is a pleasure to work with”. Jim Vint heads the e-discovery practice in Chicago; he has a “wide-ranging knowledge” of digital investigations processes across multiple sectors including financial services, technology, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and consumer products industries. Clients consider him “difficult to beat”. In London, Alex Dunstan-Lee is head of the legal technology solutions practice, where he is “a leading figure” and provides “a depth of experience”.

EY has a trio of recommendations. Paul Walker in London is a high-ranking name in our research, and leads the forensic technology and discovery services group. He “provides creative solutions” and “can draw on a wide knowledge and breadth of experience” in the field. Also in London, Sanjay Bhandari leads the forensic e-disclosure team and is “thoughtful and innovative”. David Remnitz in New York offers “critical and valuable” advice on the field of digital forensics.

Greg Mason is co-founder of Forensic Risk Alliance and is a leading name in our research. He offers “unique perspectives on complex problems” and is recommended for “constructing solutions that fit clients’ needs”.

At Alvarez & Marsal, Phil Beckett is highly ranked in our research, and is well regarded for his “tailored solutions”. His clients consider him to be a “leader in the field and a true professional”.

Joseph Coltson is managing director of the Duff & Phelps Toronto office and is part of the firm’s electronic discovery and investigations practice. His work with e-discovery and computer forensics has earned him a reputation as an “exceptional” practitioner who “does not stop until the job is done”. At the same firm, Erik Laykin is "the authority on e-discovery and digital forensics".

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