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Forensic Focus - July 2013

Cutting through the smoke and mirrors


Welcome to the July 2013 Forensic Focus edition.

It seems that everyone we speak to has had a busy first half to the year. Our team is no exception and we have continued to expand our capabilities. We welcome four new team members this year. We profile our newbies, Campbell Gourlay, Kerry Hanbury, Melanie Maddox and Owen Turner in this newsletter edition. Meanwhile, we are all waiting anxiously for news of the imminent birth of Lisa & Junior Tai’s baby. Lisa is planning to ease back into work with us later in the year.

Barry had an interesting experience in the last few months, participating in a “hot tub” with a total of five accountants giving evidence concurrently in the High Court. Barry shares this experience in Commercial Disputes – Hot tubbing heats up .

Bribery and Corruption are still coming in for a lot of attention. We recently participated in the OECD Bribery review of New Zealand that will be released later this year. Meanwhile, just this month, Transparency International released the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer with the startling result that 3% of the 1000 NZ respondents reported paying a bribe in the past twelve months. This is the same level as Malaysia, Canada and Uruguay, but more than the 1% recorded in Finland, Denmark and Australia. We explore this area a little more in The Enemy Within – Bribery & Corruption. 

Conversations with our Australian colleagues this month revealed that cybercrime is becoming a big issue across the Tasman. We investigate one aspect of this with an in-depth look at spear-phishing  – a refined approach to the traditional phishing techniques. We expect that these types of attack will only continue to grow and they are something all organisations should be cognitive of.

If there is anything in this edition of Forensic Focus that catches your eye, don’t hesitate to contact me or one of the team to discuss the issues further.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Forensic Focus.

Barry Jordan and the Team


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