Forensic Accountant

Pinsent Masons LLP
Competitive Salary
02 Sep 2019
02 Oct 2019
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Purpose of the role:

To assist the national Forensic and Accounting Services Team. You will be required to apply your accounting and forensic skills to a wide variety of complex and demanding engagements including commercial disputes, quantum calculations, fraud investigations, bribery and corruption investigations, forensic intelligence gathering, business reviews and business valuations. Candidates are expected to have the skills of a qualified accountant who has experience within a forensic accounting environment.

Duties and responsibilities:
  • Input into advice on quantum and commercial aspects of disputes including preparing detailed loss calculations, interest calculations and business valuations
  • Preparing decision tree analysis to assist with presentation of legal advice and assessment of settlement parameters
  • Analysis of accounts and financial data including assessing the financial position of companies to support our lawyers in making security for costs applications
  • Supporting our lawyers and clients in preparing for mediations and settlement negotiations
  • Desktop research of businesses and individuals
  • Undertaking reviews of accounts and advising on technical accounting issues in the context of disputes and investigations
  • Presenting on and giving training to lawyers and clients on technical accounting topics
  • Advising on and collating information required to support a claim/conduct an investigation
  • Conducting fraud, financial and regulatory investigations
  • Using data analytics tools and techniques to analyse large volumes of data
  • Document reviews in connection with financial investigations
  • Interviewing witnesses and sources in connection with investigations and disputes
  • Reviewing, analysing and verifying evidence for use in court proceedings, mediations/settlements and investigations
  • Reporting on results of work undertaken including drafting quantum reports, investigation reports, sections of pleadings and witness statements dealing with quantum and financial issues
  • Liaising with independent expert accountants
  • Critiquing expert accountant reports
  • Business development and marketing initiatives internally and externally

Person Specification

  • A relevant qualification in accountancy (such as ACA or ACCA) - 3-5 years PQE
  • Education to degree standard (minimum 2(i) Hons)

Relevant Experience:
  • Forensic accounting experience including commercial litigation, expert witness, business valuations and investigations
  • Business intelligence gathering
  • Data analytics
  • An understanding of corporate transactions
  • Compliance audits
  • Experience of document review platforms
  • Business development and marketing initiatives

Key Skills / Personal Qualities / Behaviours:
  • An inquiring mind
  • Analytical skills (high degree of competence in Excel)
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels and establish credibility with colleagues and clients
  • Confident, resilient, and enthusiastic
  • Ability to handle a demanding and varied workload
  • Highly collaborative, a good team player and keen to contribute ideas
  • Commercial awareness and knowledge of corporate activity and market trends
  • Self motivated and possessing good time management skills
  • Good communication and presentation skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to build working relationships internally and externally
  • Demonstrable ability to solve problems and think laterally
  • Ability to analyse and assimilate information quickly
  • Takes responsibility and enjoys being challenged

About the firm

Pinsent Masons is an international law firm with a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in its deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which its clients operate. With over 1,500 lawyers operating from 24 locations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, Pinsent Masons is well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional matters across a full range of legal disciplines.

In recent years it has achieved more tier 1 rankings in The Legal 500 UK guide than any other firm, and is recognised among the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times. The firm has significant international credentials in the global energy, infrastructure, financial services and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. Services provided across these sectors include corporate and M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans, technology and tax advice.

Pinsent Masons stands out in particular for its innovative approach to service delivery, for example, the firm operates a hub of freelance lawyers, called Vario. Pinsent Masons has also recently acquired a global Diversity and Inclusion consultancy, Brook Graham which further enhances the firm's innovative and market leading offering.

For more details, please contact Manoj Singh who can discuss the role and requirements.

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