James Helme earns praise for his “excellent organisational skills that really help drive efficient investigations”.
James is a director in the forensic and investigation services practice of Grant Thornton UK LLP, specialising in investigations.
Since 2005, James has worked on, and led, significant assignments into money laundering, fraud, complex accounting irregularities, corruption and financial crime matters, working for corporates, lawyers and regulators.
James has a particular focus on international investigations and has worked with colleagues from the Grant Thornton International network in Hong Kong, India, Thailand, the Middle East (including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE) and Serbia.
James’ assignments often involve obtaining and reviewing data from various sources (interviews, open source, structure and unstructured data), and he is, therefore, adept at employing the latest digital forensic technology and analysing the accounting transactional data.
James appreciates that one of the toughest challenges facing investigators is assimilating and communicating complex and voluminous data into an easily understandable format. He looks to bring clarity and commercial acumen to each case, employing data analysis where possible.
James is a certified fraud examiner, an accredited financial intelligence officer and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
In his capacity as a National Crime Agency Special (NCA Special) he often carries out pro bono work on criminal matters supporting the NCA’s POCA investigations into money laundering. His services include: asset tracing, understanding and explaining corporate structures, reviewing accounting records, and more recently advising the national enforcement agencies in an east African country on the role forensics accountants could play.
During an 18-month secondment to a law enforcement agency, James gave evidence in a money laundering criminal trial.
Prior to specialising in forensics James qualified in an audit practice where he managed audit, tax and SAR assignments.