We have strengthened our national Forensic Services team with the appointment of Henry Pocock as a Partner in our Birmingham office.
With more than 20 years’ experience in forensic accounting, Henry joins from a Big Four firm, where he was an Associate Partner in the Forensic and Integrity services practice.
He specialises in complex forensic accounting cases, including contractual and transaction disputes, fraud and regulatory investigations, and has led numerous engagements to quantify losses arising from matters such as a breach of contract, business interruption insurance claims, post-transaction breach of warranty claims and compulsory purchase order disputes. He also has extensive experience leading the forensic accounting aspects of acquisitions and disposals.
More widely, Henry advises on professional negligence matters, including those in relation to auditors. His client base includes lawyers, banks and private equity investors, and he has experience acting for claimants, defendants and regulators.
His appointment follows a period of significant growth for our Forensic Services team, which has increased by almost 30 per cent over the last 12 months and been recognised by the international legal directory Chambers and Partners for its breadth of experience, professionalism and strong client relationships.
The team is now 27-strong, having also been bolstered by the acquisition of Walton Dodge Forensic, and Henry’s role will include expanding this further to establish a specialist team in the West Midlands.
Jeremy French, COO, said: “Our national Forensic Services offering continues to go from strength to strength and with his experience leading large, complex cases, in addition to growing a practice from the ground-up, Henry is the perfect candidate to lead the growth of our team in the West Midlands.
“As organisations continue to return to business-as-usual post-COVID we’re now seeing increased demand for specialist forensic support, in relation to both an increase in disputes and a very busy period for transactions. Henry’s appointment reinforces our commitment to the market and will enable us to continue to deliver high quality services to clients across the UK, at a time when demand is only increasing.”
Henry added: “FRP is an entrepreneurially spirited business and the investment in its forensic services offering over the last few years is a clear sign of its ambitions to continue to build a market-leading, national team that can provide the highest level of service to its clients in every region. The opportunity to establish a team in the West Midlands is one I am very much looking forward to.”
Henry’s appointment reflects a year of investment for FRP’s Forensic Services team and follows a number of senior promotions which include Graeme Freeland and Molly Sandquest to Senior Manager, and Tom Arnold to Manager.