Project Watson
Project Watson

Advisory | Forensic | Investigations

Conducted an independent investigation into an alleged fraud by two employees using customer credit card details. The investigation examined mailboxes and laptops to identify relevant communications. Our investigations confirmed that an employee had recorded the credit card information of customers and had made personal purchases using these particulars. We also identified a number of procedural and control weaknesses in respect of the way customer information was being handled and communicated within the business.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Resources & Mining
Holding Redlich Affinity Expert Report
Holding Redlich Affinity Expert Report

Advisory | Forensic | Expert Witness

Acted as an Independent expert in relation to the forensic analysis of an electronic document being brought before a court. We were engaged by Holding Redlich to identify the metadata properties of the document and provide our findings in a report to the engaging party. As a requirement of the engagement, we were to be retained as the digital forensic expert in the event that evidence was to be presented in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

__Advisory__ __Expert Witness__ __Forensic__ Technology
Project Paint
Project Paint

Advisory | Forensic | Investigations

Conducted an independent investigation into an Australian subsidiary of a US Parent company due to concerns of inappropriate accounting practices. Our investigation involved analysing the accounting system, reviewing policies and examining electronic data to identify whether any inappropriate accounting and authorisations took place, and whether it involved collusion amongst employees. Our independent report provided management with detailed findings for consideration and assisted them with making a decision on whether any further action would be required.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Manufacturing
Project Zulu
Project Zulu

Advisory | Forensic | Investigations

Conducted an independent investigation into Government funding provided to a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), specifically relating to concerns that funding had been obtained dishonestly. Our investigation involved a site inspection, staff interviews and the examination of financial data and physical student records to determine whether the RTO had complied with relevant standards and funding agreements. Our investigations identified that $2m had been claimed by the RTO dishonestly through the falsification of qualifications and student records.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Government
Protect Tote
Protect Tote

Advisory | Forensic | Investigations

We performed a review and quantification of employee payroll entitlements for a multinational retailer. Our review involved recalculating employee entitlements under the General Retail Award over the period since business acquisition and comparing these to actual payments made to employees. We identified discrepancies and prepared a report for the client’s legal advisors which formed the basis of self-reporting to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__
Project Matador
Project Matador

Advisory | Forensic | Investigations

We delivered an independent review and calculation of salary entitlements during an extensive review period from 2006 to 2019 for a water service provider. Our extensive model produced fortnightly calculations for more than 400 employees for the last 14 years. This was beneficial to facilitate the necessary discussions and remediation.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__
Project Goku
Project Goku

Advisory | Forensic | Investigations

Investigation into allegations of conflict of interest, kickbacks and procurement anomalies by a high level technical employee and a current supplier. We identified information indicating a number of money transfers between the parties where appropriate explanations could not be provided, a private relationship between the owner of the supplier and the employee, and emails indicating some involvement of the employee in the establishment of the supplier company.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Resources & Mining
Project Gutter
Project Gutter

Advisory | Forensic | Investigations

Investigation into allegations of bribery and kickback payments being made to an employee who had been ‘groomed’ by personnel from a network of related service providers. The employee received payments in return for assisting the providers submit the most competitive price. Our work utilised the services of private surveillance contractors, liaising with whistleblowers and the interrogation of electronic data held by our client. The employee’s employment was terminated following our investigation.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Resources & Mining
Project Syrup
Project Syrup

Advisory | Forensic | Investigations

Conducted an independent investigation into allegations that a government employee had failed to declare conflicts of interest, misused authority in a tender process, misused a corporate credit card and accepted gifts and benefits that were not declared. We examined mailbox accounts, computers and mobile phones as well as tender documentation and conflict of interests and gifts and benefits registers. The investigation substantiated the allegations and resulted in the the termination of this employee.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Government
Project Etude
Project Etude

Advisory | Forensic | Expert Witness

Appointed as an Independent Expert in a class action litigation matter concerning the accounting and disclosure of losses on a troubled construction project. Our expert was engaged by the defendant’s legal counsel to provide an opinion on the operation of the Australian Accounting Standards and a response to the expert report submitted by the Plaintiffs. The matter reached a successful settlement prior to trial.

__Advisory__ __Expert Witness__ __Forensic__ Construction & Engineering
Project Greengrove
Project Greengrove

Advisory | Forensic | Investigations

We were engaged to conduct an independent investigation into complaints of sexual harassment and bullying in the catering arm of an integrated services client. We conducted formal interviews with nine witnesses and persons of interest in respect of these allegations. Our work identified potential breaches of legislation and policies within the organisation. Our work was considered by senior HR personnel as part of their considerations on whether to implement disciplinary action.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Hospitality
Project Errand
Project Errand

Advisory | Forensic | Investigations

We were engaged by our client’s legal advisors to provide a forensic accounting expert quantification of potential incorrect payroll payments made to employees engaged under the Road Transport Distribution Award. Our calculations formed the basis of communications with the Fair Work Ombudsman and over 300 impacted employees. We have also delivered a comprehensive payroll compliance audit after the Fair Work Ombudsman required our client to conduct an annual audit on a sample basis of pay periods.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Transport & Distribution
Project Ewok
Project Ewok

Advisory | Forensic | Investigations

We were engaged as Supervisors and Forensic Auditors over a real estate business where concerns were held as to the Principal’s competency. Due to illness the Principal had not been recording daily transactions accurately and significant work was required to reconcile the agency’s Trust Account in order to identify creditors. As part of our work we managed the affairs of the agency, reviewed existing property contracts and ensured tenancy matters were transferred to new agencies.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Property
Project Vista
Project Vista

ADVISORY | Technology & Cyber | EDISCOVERY

Independent investigation into allegations raised by whistleblowers relating to the procurement and project management of consultants engaged to work on the delivery of a highly complex IT systems transformation project. We utilised our online web review platform to examine a large volume of data and identify relevant information in relation to the allegations and project governance.

__Advisory__ __eDiscovery__ __Forensic Technology__ __Technology & Cyber__ Financial Services
Project Esplanade
Project Esplanade

ADVISORY | Technology & Cyber | EDISCOVERY

Assisted a major Australian regional bank to prepare formal submissions prior to appearing before the Commission. We worked closely with internal and external legal advisers using our e-Discovery technology, project management expertise to identify and produce protocol compliant documents to the Commission from a data set in excess of 6.5 million documents.

__Advisory__ __eDiscovery__ __Forensic Technology__ __Technology & Cyber__ Financial Services
Project Corporation
Project Corporation

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | RISK MANAGEMENT

Developed and assisted in the implementation of an updated integrity framework that included the rollout of an online integrity survey to all staff and contractors. We updated, and in some cases developed key policies, delivered awareness training to all staff and contractors and implemented an independent integrity reporting platform.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Risk Management__ Infrastructure
Project Nobu
Project Nobu

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | INVESTIGATIONS

Independent investigation into allegations of corruption by a senior Qld Public Servant who was alleged to have been involved in a conflict of interest with a supplier who had been contracted, in breach of procurement guidelines, to deliver in excess of $2miillion of professional services to the Department.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Government
Project Centre – New Zealand
Project Centre – New Zealand

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | INVESTIGATION

We undertook a forensic review of payments made by a Principal to an agent over a twelve month period to determine the validity of these payments. Our investigation identified a series of fraudulent payments, through the use of fictitious invoices. Our work supported a High Court search order and related arbitration.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Construction & Engineering
DLA Piper – International Arbitration
DLA Piper – International Arbitration

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | EXPERT WITNESS

Technology Expert in the first International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) case ever heard in Australia. The matter related to contractual arrangements of a Fuel Supply Arrangement for the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. The dispute also involved an Australian energy company supplying oil, fuel and power generators throughout the Pacific.

__Advisory__ __Expert Witness__ __Forensic__ Government
Project Atoll
Project Atoll

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | RISK MANAGEMENT

Investigation into allegations against a subcontractor. We were engaged to provide forensic, analytical and accounting services to a multinational operational services organisation following concerns raised about a subcontractor. Our enquiries focussed on the corporate structure of the subcontractor, its shareholders together with invoicing, third party payments, supply chains and accounting records.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Risk Management__ Infrastructure
Aon Superannuation Pty Limited
Aon Superannuation Pty Limited

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | RISK MANAGEMENT

Independent compliance review of a conflicts management framework at a superannuation fund: Under SPS 521. Appointed to assess the framework as to its appropriateness, effectiveness and adequacy, to identify any areas of non-compliance and provide a report to the Board setting out our findings and any areas for improvement.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Risk Management__ Financial Services
Regal Funds Management
Regal Funds Management

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | REGULATORY RESPONSE

Appointed Independent Compliance Expert in relation to an Enforceable Undertaking. We reviewed securities trading policies and procedures, reported on their adequacy and provided recommendations. A detailed trade review program was required under the Enforceable Undertaking which included a review of sample trades and related communications over specified periods. 

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Regulatory Response__ Financial Services
Pharmaceutical dispute
Pharmaceutical dispute

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | EXPERT WITNESS

Economic loss assessment arising from an injunction preventing our client selling a generic pharmaceutical in the Australian market. We quantified the loss and built a robust, transparent and flexible financial model which facilitated review of the impacts of a number of different legal arguments. The matter was settled by our client prior to trial.

__Advisory__ __Expert Witness__ __Forensic__ Manufacturing
WIN Corporation v Nine Network
WIN Corporation v Nine Network

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | EXPERT WITNESS

Independent Computer Expert. The dispute related to a broadcasting arrangement and considered the application of traditional broadcasting in the context of more modern digital streaming of on demand content. Presented evidence in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, around the functionality and accuracy of Internet Protocol (IP) Geolocation services in Australia.

__Advisory__ __Expert Witness__ __Forensic__ Media & Communications
Rhinomed
Rhinomed

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | REGULATORY RESPONSE

Appointed Independent Expert by an ASX listed entity under an Enforceable Undertaking in relation to continuous disclosure requirements. We assessed the adequacy of Rhinomed’s existing framework to deal with Continuous Disclosure and Corporations Act obligations. We reviewed policies and procedures, delivered training, made recommendations for improvement and provided a written report.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Regulatory Response__ Community
Valuation of Trademarks and Brands
Valuation of Trademarks and Brands

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | EXPERT WITNESS

A purchaser of a construction business took issue with earnings and assets post acquisition. An assessment of the losses derived had the significant contracts stayed with the business was sought. We identified inconsistencies and errors regarding the valuation approach of the purchaser's expert. The court held the vendor was entitled to secure the relevant contracts.

__Advisory__ __Expert Witness__ __Forensic__ Manufacturing
Project Fandango
Project Fandango

ADVISORY | Technology & Cyber | EDISCOVERY

Managed the review process, expediting the manual review of documents in response to an ASIC notice. The review required a deep understanding of financial markets and the ability to distinguish behaviours that could constitute market manipulation. Sophisticated technology was used to examine large volumes of data and an experienced team reviewed communications.

__Advisory__ __eDiscovery__ __Forensic Technology__ __Technology & Cyber__ Financial Services
International construction JV Dispute
International construction JV Dispute

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | EXPERT WITNESS

Our client was a part of a Joint Venture combining maritime engineering expertise and large-scale resources projects. We reviewed costs incurred against the tender, variations and known delays. We identified significant cost increases compared to budget for particular types of labour. This allowed our client to resolve the dispute.

__Advisory__ __Expert Witness__ __Forensic__ Construction & Engineering
CBA
CBA

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | REGULATORY RESPONSE

Commonwealth Bank's Open Advice Review (OAR) Program: Appointed as Independent Forensic Expert to the OAR Program for customer remediation. We developed criteria for a risk-based review of clients registering for the Program. We developed protocols and criteria for client file reviews and a register of file anomalies and/or criminal breaches.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Regulatory Response__ Financial Services
Project Hatch
Project Hatch

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | INVESTIGATIONS

Independent investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption involving senior executives colluding with external parties. We reported to an independent committee chaired by a former Federal Court judge and Royal Commissioner. The investigation uncovered evidence to support the allegations. We supported our client by reporting to regulators, law enforcement and informing its auditors.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Financial Services
Project Kim
Project Kim

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | RISK MANAGEMENT

Engaged to review a major Telco's fraud risk methodology. We conducted a fraud risk assessment on the procurement function. As part of this assignment, we created detailed process maps of the procurement function and compiled a register of fraud risks. The methodology used has been adopted across the enterprise.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Risk Management__ Media & Communications
Project Leicester
Project Leicester

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | EXPERT WITNESS

Independent Expert in a major construction project which required forensic analysis of costs, cost accounting and a report for arbitration. We quantified the costs associated with a successful $100m+ Change order. We identified all lay witness statements necessary to support the quantification. The matter settled prior to arbitration.

__Advisory__ __Expert Witness__ __Forensic__ Construction & Engineering
Project Emperor
Project Emperor

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | INVESTIGATIONS

Investigation into allegations of overcharging, kickbacks and hosting inappropriate material by the Chief Technology Officer and a former supplier. We identified evidence of collusion to inflate invoices, charges for equipment and services never provided, kickbacks in excess of $1m and inappropriate material being hosted on our client’s network.

__Forensic__ __Investigations__ Community
Project Emerton
Project Emerton

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | RISK MANAGEMENT

Investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption in respect of operations in Mauritania. This involved the examination of emails and accounting data accessed from in country, data analytics, conducted interviews and examined documentation in respect of contracts and acquisition of goods and services in country.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Risk Management__ Resources & Mining
Project Mango
Project Mango

ADVISORY | FORENSIC | INVESTIGATIONS

Engaged by an Australian company captured by the UK Bribery Act operating in high risk jurisdictions in Africa. We undertook an in-country assessment focusing on their operations, policies and processes and provided specific recommendations on improving processes and meeting the obligations of the UK Bribery Act.

__Advisory__ __Forensic__ __Investigations__ Resources & Mining