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Forensic Focus - October 2012

Cutting through the smoke and mirrors


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Forensic FocusWelcome to the October 2012 Forensic Focus edition.

The last month has been a particularly busy one for our team with the launch of the inaugural Deloitte Bribery and Corruption Survey Australia and NZ, along with a week long visit from Peter Dent, the National Forensic Leader for Deloitte in Canada.

Of particular concern in the Survey findings was the number of organisations exposed to bribery and corruption risk that were either not aware of the extent of the risks that were faced or were not taking action to address the risks. We discuss the findings in more detail in Bribery & Corruption Survey - A Storm on the Horizon?

Peter Dent’s visit was timely given the fraud risks currently facing Canterbury. Peter is a global expert on post disaster fraud and his insights were of value to numerous people and agencies as we and the Serious Fraud Office accompanied him to more than a dozen meetings around the country. Of particular focus for our team at the moment is the Insurance Fraud that is occurring in Canterbury.

We examine this risk and what is being done to address it in Insurance Fraud & Corruption Risk – How big will the cracks get in Canterbury?

We have also reflected on the New Discovery Rules that came into effect at the beginning of this year. In particular “What is “primary data” and why does it matter?” sets out our thoughts on this very important definition including whether or not backup tapes are captured. 

Finally, I enjoyed a trip to Melbourne in August where I attended the annual NZ Bar Association meeting. This year there was a focus on expert witnesses and along with some other experienced experts, I met with Barristers, Queens Counsels and members of the Judiciary. I share some of our discussion in NZ Bar Association meeting - Expert Witness Learnings.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Forensic Focus.

Barry Jordan and the Team

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