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    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
    • Pinsent Masons, 55 Colmore Row Birmingham, B3 2FG
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    Demystifying Employee Fraud Investigations


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    Thursday 14 November 2019 – 8.30am to 11.30am

    Hosted by Pinsent Masons, 55 Colmore Row

    Birmingham B3 2FG



    Registration and Refreshments



    Welcome & introduction



    Andrew Herring, Pinsent Masons, Andrew Donaldson, Dains Forensic, Geoff Boyd, MD5 – Part 1: Practical Issues & Legal Strategy






    Andrew Herring, Pinsent Masons, Andrew Donaldson, Dains Forensic, Geoff Boyd, MD5 – Part 2: Challenges and Pitfalls



    Questions to the speakers






    Andrew Herring – Litigation Partner, Pinsent Masons 

    Andrew is a Litigation Partner in the highly ranked Civil Fraud and Asset Recovery Team at Pinsent Masons LLP. He leads the development of the firm's civil fraud and asset recovery practice in the Advanced Manufacturing & Technology sector, and regularly advises clients on their response to employee frauds and recovering resulting losses.

    Andrew is an experienced commercial litigator and is listed in the latest editions of Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. He has acted for clients on a wide variety of claims at all levels of the High Court including the Supreme Court. Andrew is experienced in both advancing and defending urgent interim court applications including worldwide freezing injunctions. He is also an accredited mediator, a current Vice-Chair of the Midlands Fraud Forum and a member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association. The focus of his work is high value, complex, multi-party disputes, investigations and injunctions. Andrew advises commercial victims of fraud in both the private and public sectors to implement effective legal strategies to recover losses caused by fraud, including cases involving theft of confidential information.

    Andrew is currently acting for a European Government Agency in a c.£1.5bn damages claim in the London Commercial Court against around 100 Defendants, which has involved several Norwich Pharmacal disclosure applications, a Worldwide Freezing Order and Proprietary Injunction, and which supports a global litigation strategy with collateral litigation in Dubai, USA and Malaysia. This case has involved working with Liquidators of insolvent defendants to support the ongoing claims.

    Andrew Donaldson – Forensic Partner, Dains LLP

    Andrew is a Partner of Dains Forensic LLP. Andrew began his professional career with KPMG’s Birmingham office in 1985. During this time, Andrew gained experience of audit, accounting and corporate recovery work at a wide-range of organisations from small family businesses to quoted groups and multinationals.

    Since 1992, he has specialised in forensic accounting work and participated in a number of significant financial investigations. Other forensic cases included: solicitor and director fraud, insolvent and wrongful trading, valuations, including matrimonial valuations, warranty and other commercial loss claims and professional negligence. Andrew formed Dains Forensic LLP in 2013.


    Geoff Boyd  - Managing Director, MD5

    Geoff Boyd left the National Crime Squad in 2003 to establish MD5 Ltd to provide digital forensic support  services for law firms, forensic accountants, law enforcement agencies and organisations in the private and public sectors. Geoff gained extensive expertise as a Financial Investigator/Computer Forensics specialist with Regional Crime Squads/National Crime Squad for over 11 years and previously for South Yorkshire Police for 3 years. He also provided support for the FBI, Royal Military Police, other local Police Forces and the Spanish law enforcement.

    As MD5’s Managing Director, Geoff has recruited and supervises a team of digital forensic professionals to deliver a range of services including computer and mobile phone forensics, social media investigations, eforensic (eDisclosure) and data recovery. Geoff has continued to maintain his technical forensic skills and project manages investigations, supervises searches, provides statements and attends court as an expert witness.

    He was instrumental in the success of MD5 being the first commercial organisation to achieve ISO17025 Accreditation for the forensic data capture of computers and computer related data storage devices. He has also been instrumental in the development of their software product Virtual Forensic Computing (VFC) that digital forensic practitioners worldwide benefit from. This software has been used by Government and law enforcement agencies internationally as well as law firms, forensic accountants, and organisations in the private and public sectors to assist on Fraud and Computer Forensic Investigations

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    • 10 Dec 2019
    • 8:45 AM - 12:30 PM
    • The Birmingham and Midlands Institute 9 Margaret Street Birmingham, B3 3BS
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    Midlands Fraud Forum Debate


    Tuesday 10 December 2019

    8.45am – 12.30pm



    The Birmingham and Midlands Institute

    9 Margaret Street

    Birmingham, B3 3BS



    Should we incentivise Whistle Blowers?






    Registration, networking and pastry breakfast



    Welcome & introduction by James Morgan QC



    Introduction of each panellist speaker






    Concluding thoughts from James Morgan QC



    Free drinks reception hosted by our Young Professionals Team



    The debate will be chaired by James Morgan QC (Civil law expert) and Joe Millington (Criminal law expert) from St Philips Chambers and the topic of “Should we incentivise Whistle Blowers?” will be discussed by a panel of experts

    Audience participation is, as always, most welcome and encouraged!

    The MFF is also happy to take questions from attendees in advance if there is a particular question or point that you would like the panelist speakers to discuss.

    We would also like to invite members to bring a junior member of their team with them for FREE!

    Please email info@midlandsfraudforum for help with registration of free guests.

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Past events

11 Sep 2019 Cryptocurrencies
09 Jul 2019 Financial Fraud
04 Apr 2019 Cyber Fraud
24 Jan 2019 The Evolving face of Insurance Fraud
05 Dec 2018 Midlands Fraud Forum Debate
30 Oct 2018 Criminal and Civil Investigations
20 Sep 2018 Incident Management for Cyber Fraud
18 Jul 2018 Employee Theft of information, Cyber and GDPR
02 May 2018 Open Source Intelligence and Investigative routes
22 Mar 2018 Privilege in investigations
12 Dec 2017 Victimology
21 Nov 2017 Bribery and Corruption
04 Oct 2017 Anatomy of a civil fraud claim
11 Jul 2017 in inceptum finis est
21 Jun 2017 Cyber Fraud
18 May 2017 The Fraud Act 2006 – 10 years on
20 Apr 2017 Pension Fraud and Vulnerable Victims
28 Mar 2017 Operation Afflek
11 Jan 2017 Insolvency
17 Nov 2016 Piercing the corporate veil and money laundering
18 Oct 2016 Interviewing fraud & preventing mortgage fraud
14 Sep 2016 Public Sector and Healthcare Fraud
07 Jul 2016 Cyber Fraud
09 Jun 2016 Fraud Investigations
10 May 2016 Money Laundering and Disclosure in Criminal Cases
12 Apr 2016 Insurance fraud and vehicle leasing fraud
01 Dec 2015 The Winter Fraud Discussion
27 Oct 2015 How to interview about fraud
24 Sep 2015 Investigating Financial Fraud
18 Jun 2015 Investigative Interviewing
24 Mar 2015 Cybercrime - The changing landscape
22 Jan 2015 The Fraud Debate: Showcasing Private, Public & Civil Actions
02 Dec 2014 The Fraud Debate: Showcasing Private, Public & Civil Actions
19 Nov 2014 The Future of Fraud in the Financial Sector
13 Nov 2014 The Future of Fraud in the Financial Sector
16 Oct 2014 Investigative Interviewing Masterclass
23 Sep 2014 'Suspicion, Action, Results' An update on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs)
24 Jun 2014 Counter Fraud 2020: A Twelve Point Plan to Protect the UK
25 Mar 2014 Sport and Fraud
05 Dec 2013 Investigating Fraud, Local to Global
13 Oct 2013 Insolvency
04 Oct 2013 Confiscation Update
12 Sep 2013 Masterclass
20 Jun 2013 Data: the fraudster's nemesis
19 Mar 2013 Meet the Authors: Countering Fraud and Managing Fraud Risks
16 Jan 2013 Fraud, behind the scenes
11 Dec 2012 The Proceeds of Crime Act and Civil Recovery
24 Sep 2012 Tackling Business Fraud
29 May 2012 Fighting Fraud
26 Mar 2012 The Auditor and Fraud
02 Jan 2012 Fraud and Punishment: Increasing Deterrence through More and Effective Sanctions.
06 Dec 2011 Fraud: Your Solicitor or the Police? - a Debate
12 Sep 2011 Fraud, reporting to and investigation by police
19 May 2011 Buyer beware: Minimising fraud in procurement
04 Mar 2011 The Bribery Act 2010
14 Dec 2010 Masterclass
13 Oct 2010 (MTIC (Carousel) Fraud in UK and the EEC)
14 Jul 2010 Testing the Temperature of Your Anti-Fraud Culture
29 Apr 2010 The Intelligent Breakfast Briefing
16 Dec 2009 Interview with a Fraudster
01 Jul 2009 Fraud in the Public sector (Topics: Procurement and employee fraud and the Bribery Bill)
19 May 2009 Investigation Through to Prosecution
01 Dec 2008 Employee Fraud
24 Sep 2008 Mortgage Fraud
14 May 2008 Anti Money Laundering

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