It is widely reported that fraud has increased through the pandemic and High Net Worth clients & Family Office clients are often targeted. In this discussion, we will highlight the tools available for such parties to protect themselves including:
We are delighted to be joined by an expert panel:
Kyle Phillips - Partner at Howard Kennedy LLP, London. Kyle Phillips is a specialist financial crime and regulatory solicitor with particular expertise advising companies and individuals on fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering matters. Kyle has over 10 years' experience representing clients in some of the most high-profile financial crime and regulatory investigations. This includes both domestic and international investigations. Notably, he has been instructed on several high-profile financial crime investigations including Wirecard, Euribor, G4S, Serco, Amec Foster Wheeler, Harlequin and Forex. He conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporates who suspect criminal wrongdoing. He provides strategic advice to clients seeking to report criminal misconduct to the authorities, and is experienced at bringing private prosecutions.
Brendan Weekes - Associate Director at Smith & Williamson, London. Brendan Weekes is an Associate Director in Smith & Williamson’s Forensic Services department, Brendan is part of a specialist team comprising expert accountants, investigators and computer forensics professionals. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009 and specialises in fraud and financial investigations. Brendan regularly speaks on forensic accounting, fraud and fraud prevention and is a trustee director of the Fraud Advisory Panel, a leading counter fraud charity in the UK. Brendan regularly contributes to the Panel’s activities, including its work on charity and small business fraud.
Christopher Coltart - Head of Business Crime & Financial Services Group at 2 Hare Court, London. Christopher’s background was originally in commercial property litigation. During that time, he had an extensive portfolio of cases, representing banks, pension funds and other financial institutions in a variety of high value claims. For the last 25 years, he has specialised in business crime, contested regulatory matters, professional disciplinary cases and sports law. He is recommended by the legal directories in relation to all of these practice areas. He is also Head of 2 Hare Court’s Business Crime & Financial Services Group and is a Sports Arbitrator with Sport Resolutions Limited.
Recent cases include representing:
The former FD of Redcentric plc in relation to charges of false accounting, misleading the company’s auditors and making misleading statements to the market
Clients before the Financial Reporting Council in cases involving Tesco, Sports Direct, Serco and Carillion
The former Chief Executive of Sports Direct in relation to criminal charges arising under s.194 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992
A UK company in the on-going worldwide investigation into Cum Ex trading
Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the centre of the Facebook data sharing row
Individuals in the SFO investigations into Barclays Bank and Rolls Royce
A major airline in relation to compliance with Covid travel regulations
A high net worth individual in relation to an FCA insider dealing investigation
A company director accused of fraudulently evading VAT
The FA in proceedings brought against Joey Barton and Daniel Sturridge
As a junior, Christopher also had a significant prosecution practice and was on the ‘A’ Panel of selected advocates for the Serious Fraud Office. He now undertakes exclusively private prosecution work and is a member of the 2 Hare Court dedicated private prosecution team. Recently, he has prosecuted a significant fraud on behalf of a UK based hedge fund, and separately advised a major airline in relation to a possible private prosecution.
In addition, Christopher has significant experience of major inquest work. His instructions in this regard include representing clients in the 7/7 London bombing inquest, and also the inquest into the Hillsborough tragedy.
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