Chairman: Nigel Guy
Number of employees: 300 (356 including partners)
Languages: Afrikaans, Bengali, Catalan, English, French, Gaelic, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Liujarati, Mandarin, Pehari, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Urdu
Overview & History:
FRP Advisory Trading Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of FRP Advisory Group plc), is a leading business advisory firm. With over 350 staff, including 56 partners operating from 17 offices across England and Scotland, FRP is one of the UK’s largest independent business advisory firms specialising in forensic services, corporate finance, debt, restructuring and pensions.
The forensic services team is comprised of highly experienced forensic accounting, forensic technology and investigations professionals, providing incisive expertise across a multitude of situations, including commercial disputes, global asset tracing and recovery assignments, bribery and fraud investigations, judgement enforcement, competition damages claims, regulatory enquiries, freezing orders, divorce and insolvency cases.
FRP’s partner-led teams deliver value for money solutions and leverage the accounting and technology elements of the forensic services team to work together seamlessly.
FRP has experience in many different forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration, mediation and expert determination. FRP’s partners have acted as party appointed expert, single joint expert, expert determiner, shadow expert and adviser. They also have experience giving evidence in the High Court.
The firm’s expert appointments include contentious valuations, reconstructing accounts and calculating lost profits in the context of shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice claims, contractual disputes, security for costs and claims under the Insolvency Act.
Recent case experience includes acting as quantum expert on behalf of a US-based manufacturer defending a claim regarding loss of profits. Following submission of the expert reports and a joint statement of experts, FRP Partner Chris Osborne was cross-examined in the High Court. The judge found in favour of the defendants on multiple issues, including in relation to the intercompany and quantum issues that the team identified.
FRP works with law firms, audit committees, regulatory and enforcement agencies (such as the SEC, DOJ, SFO and FCA) to determine the nature and extent of fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering and explain complex issues in a manner that non-accountants understand.
The team has performed a multitude of investigations including accounting fraud, insider dealing, misappropriation of client funds, employee fraud, boiler room fraud, invoicing fraud, bribery, corruption, and money laundering. They are also instructed on asset tracing and recovery assignments in a variety of contexts including fraud, high value divorce, and insolvency matters. The forensic services team works extensively with FRP’s contentious insolvency experts, assisting with investigations and potential claims.
Recent investigation experience includes an instruction to investigate allegations of bribery, corruption, money laundering and fraud on behalf of a nation state. The case involved a high-net-worth individual and his associates, including politically exposed persons across the Middle East.
Other recent experience includes an investigation into suspicions of financial irregularities at a major charity, following the identification of discrepancies between its accounting records and a supplier ledger. The team identified three key methods used to fraudulently extract funds. The investigation report (including findings from the imaging of the suspect’s computer) was provided to the police to assist with criminal proceedings, with the perpetrator committed to prison for five years.
The forensic technology team provides computer forensic and eDiscovery services. The team captures, processes, analyses and produces digital and digitised evidence in a manner which is admissible in Court or Tribunal and useable in the context of insolvency proceedings, regulatory enquiries, litigation, arbitration and the investigation of financial misconduct.
The team is experienced in all areas of the eDiscovery process. They advise clients on best practices for identifying, preserving, collecting and producing electronic information and on the latest developments in discovery rules. They also develop eDiscovery project plans and negotiate best approaches and practices with clients.
Recent cases include an eDiscovery matter where the team was able to leverage FRP’s document review platform, Relativity, to reduce review time and save an estimated £1.25 million of potential review costs.
Compliance and Risk Advisory
The forensic services team has experience in drafting and reviewing policies for compliance programmes including financial control, bribery and corruption and anti-money laundering.
They have worked with regulatory authorities and in-house compliance teams of corporates and banks to advise on risk related matters. Recent experience includes providing control recommendations to the trustees of a charity to assist them to safeguard the assets of the charity, identify and manage risks and ensure high-quality financial reporting.