Begbies Traynor Group has launched a specialist forensic service in the Midlands headed by Martin Long, a former RSM Robson Rhodes and Grant Thornton partner in Birmingham.
Begbies Traynor regional managing partner John Kelly said it was a logical step for the firm to take.
He said: “We frequently find ourselves asked to provide expert witness and litigation specialist support to our clients and intermediary contacts.”
“Coupled with the growth in regulatory compliance, the increase in fraud activity and the fact that forensic accounting skills are very much integral to our recovery teams, it was inevitable that we would bring forensic accounting within our service offering in the Midlands.”
“We are delighted to have Martin on board as a partner launching this vital new service for us.”
“I am sure he will be a great asset to the team and his arrival makes available further expertise to our client base.”
BTG Forensic also has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester and Plymouth.
Apart from a three-year spell in Italy, Mr Long, a Birmingham University graduate, has spent all his 25-year accountancy profession in the city.
For a number of years Mr Long has participated in the training of individuals from developing countries, particularly India and Africa, in fraud prevention and investigation.
Participants on these courses typically include corporate accountants, bank officials, lawyers and judges, civil servants and even government ministers.
He said: “Invariably, only a handful of the course attendees will have heard of the term ‘forensic accountant’’ this was the situation in the UK 20 years ago.”
“I usually have one day to provide them with an understanding of how the forensic accountant can help them in their respective corporate or public administration roles.”
David joined Begbies Traynor in 2004 originally working in one of their regional offices. In 2006 he moved to the London office to help set up a specialist team focusing on creditor side assignments in the guise of Independent Business Reviews and Independent Solvency Reviews. David has 18 years’ experience in the accounting profession and prior to joining Begbies Traynor has worked in a number of Top 50 London based partnerships.
As well as business reviews and independent solvency reviews, hands on turnaround assignments have also been one of David’s main focuses. This has generally been in support of high street clearing banks.