Deloitte has grown the top ranks of its UK Forensic practice with four partners in 2015. Two of the appointments were external hires – Andrew Robinson, who joined from the Bank of Scotland, and Chris Clements, who joined from Grant Thornton UK. One of the appointments, Andrew Flower, transferred from Deloitte France, while Andrew Oates was promoted internally.
Andrew Robinson started his career at PwC in 1987, where he worked as an auditor, business adviser and consultant. The role saw him work between the firm’s London and Tokyo offices. In 1996 he joined PwC’s Management Consulting unit, becoming a Partner in 1999 and working in the practice for six years. Seven year later he left the consulting industry to join ABN Amro, working to serve the bank’s Wholesale Clients. In the following years he served among others as the bank’s Global Head of Regulatory Affairs, a role he held for two years, and as ABN Amro’s Global Head of Compliance. In 2009 Robinson moved to the Bank of Scotland, where he worked as the Group Head of Assurance Standards, while the following year he took on the role of Global Head of Compliance at the bank. Robinson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Operation & Control from the University of Salford.
Chris Clements started as a trainee at RSM Robson Rhodes, where he worked for four years. In 1996 he joined Grant Thornton, where he became partner during his more than 19 year tenure at the firm. In his various roles at the accounting and consulting firm, Clements provided forensic accountancy, fraud investigation and advisory services, as well as providing evidence in courts, tribunals, international arbitrations and public enquiries in the UK and overseas on over 25 occasions. Clements holds a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from Durham University.
In his new role at Deloitte, Robinson will focus initially on financial crime and the CFO agenda, while Clements takes on the role of forensic lead for the North East practice (Leeds and Newcastle offices) and is disputes lead across the North.
Deloitte UK has also seen two internal additions join its leadership ranks. Andrew Flower moved to the UK from Deloitte’s French firm late last year, and brings with him more than 25 years of experience at the Big Four firm. Flower has been a partner with Deloitte in Europe and New York for over ten years and is the Global Head of Deloitte’s Dispute Consulting service line. Andrew Oates was promoted to Partner in the summer of 2015 and now leads Deloitte’s Forensic analytics team. He bring more than sixteen years of analytics experience to the role, having joined the firm nine years previous, after starting his career with rival PwC through the firm's graduate programme. He holds a degree in Information Systems.
“I’m confident that our clients will welcome the experiences and expertise of our four new partners as they face the challenges of responding to potentially contentious issues in their global businesses,” says Mark Tantam, Head of Deloitte Forensic in the UK. “As knowledge of the significant reputational and subsequent financial damage that a crisis can cause increases, boards are realising they need to actively manage risk and crisis. These new appointments significantly add to our ability to advise on assessing and mitigating risk, as well as reacting to events such as litigation, investigation and regulatory action.”