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Financial Investigations Services

Gavin Cunningham - Menzies Accountant
Gavin Cunningham – Forensic Accounting Partner

With the mix of skills across our financial investigations and forensics team, we are highly experienced in conducting the most complex of investigations for clients, usually where suspicions of financial irregularity exist, or allegations of fraud have been made.

It is important that we are brought in at an early stage to help preserve evidence and develop an investigation strategy, before people, or vital documents disappear. In this, we are always aware of the potential advantages of working with lawyers, in maintaining privilege over our work, and accept instructions from lawyers and the client.

We will work on-site in order to provide the swiftest of responses, in circumstances which are highly stressful for you, and where a rapid outcome is of paramount importance, to limit damage and enable you to consider your recovery options.

Intelligence led approach to Financial investigations

Traditional investigation methods are labour-intensive and therefore costly. Much of the problem comes from trying to gather disparate background information about subjects, and collate it, so that it can then be analysed.

We have developed a new approach based on bespoke software, which enables us to recover data automatically from across the global web. This means we can focus the investigation on productive lines of inquiry from the outset, which ultimately provides a more timely and comprehensive review of the issues, and therefore better value for money.

Financial investigations Experience

The key members of our team have significant expertise in leading financial investigations and have worked globally with many agencies, including the FBI, SFO, OLAF (EC), FSA and multiple foreign police forces. Our highly skilled staff conduct discreet investigations using the latest forensic methods. When carrying out intelligence led investigations, we:

  • Gather and preserve evidence in accordance with evidential guidelines.
  • Conduct interviews with staff, third parties and potential suspects.
  • Provide thorough background checks and research on individuals, which show connections, geographical locations and even potential assets.
  • Work with lawyers and other specialists in multi-disciplinary teams as required.
  • Provide global coverage through our HLB International partner firms.

Our investigation work tends to be highly confidential and may not ever get into the public domain. For that reason, it is not possible to provide details of actual cases but some of our recent work has included investigation into:

  • Financial mismanagement in a newly acquired subsidiary, resulting in personal benefits exceeding £1 million being recovered.
  • The failure of a budget holiday company, revealing substantial sums being moved offshore by the Director and subsequent civil recovery.
  • The sudden departure of the financial officer, which showed significant financial mismanagement over many years and allowed the recovery of unpaid debtors.
  • Numerous investigations of fraud within non profit organisations, often establishing the financial extent and the identities of those involved.

Contact Us

To speak to a partner or for more information about the services we offer please contact one of the Menzies LLP offices or complete our online contact form.

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  • “Throughout our many years of working with Menzies, we have always found them to be professional in all aspects of their work. The team currently deal with our UK trading company and the holding companies which includes acting as the group auditors for a large international group. Their historical knowledge of our company and operations is highly important to us especially as we have a fairly complicated group structure. The team are reliable, friendly and organised in their approach.

    We would have no hesitation in recommending Menzies to any other company.”

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  • “Menzies LLP have acted as our auditor and advisors for a number of years. The company has a holistic range of services to offer, from the compliance aspects of our business and consultancy services which are undertaken by specialist teams. The firm have recently undertaken a business valuation for a successful acquisition of an overseas subsidiary that our group acquired as it continues to grow and branches out into the overseas markets. We have found Menzies to be reliable, honest advisors and would not hesitate to recommend them.”

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  • “We have known Menzies for a very long time. The firm acts as our auditors and advisors for the company and our family’s own personal matters. The team fully understand our affairs and come up with pro-active solutions that are in our best interest and tax efficient for the business and family. We also utilise the services of Menzies Wealth Management so the teams work closely together to ensure our affairs dove tail in their advice. The team are trustworthy and reliable and we would not hesitate to recommend them for your personal or company affairs.”

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  • “We have been working with Menzies for a number of years on compliance and advisory matters. The team are approachable and proactive, offering constructive and helpful support, Menzies have over the years during the development of our business consistently met our needs. The team work well to ensure that we achieve our internal deadlines and communicate with us along the way. We would happily recommend Menzies to others.”
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  • “We are a very long standing client of Menzies and they deal with all our financial requirements from day to day bookkeeping through to higher level advisory support.  They are always courteous, professional and considered – and relevant to our sector – providing us with solutions that are prompt and accurate and help us to run the business as efficiently as possible.  We would have no hesitation in recommending their services.”
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  • “What really pleases me is that I’m now, for the first time, proud of my business, seeing it grow and spending less time at work! I’m learning how to have fun and relax again. My hard work is starting to pay off, thanks to Menzies”

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