Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services (FIDS)

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Our fraud, investigation and dispute professionals help clients deal with complex issues of fraud, regulatory compliance and business disputes which could otherwise detract from their efforts to achieve their company’s potential.

We help our clients develop strategies to pre-empt, manage and resolve the risks of business conflict that can emerge across organisations. We also assist in investigating alleged misconduct, fraud and non-compliance with regulation.

We are part of a global team of more than 2,500 dedicated professionals which offers solutions that help manage legal risk and protect company value.

What will my day be like in Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services?

Our Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS) team has a number of posts available in London for graduates who are looking to qualify as Chartered Accountants. Our FIDS professionals provide clients with four core forensic services:

  • Special Investigations: investigating fraud and other financial activities, including tracing and recovering assets and helping clients develop or monitor anti-corruption programmes;
  • Dispute Advisory: supporting the resolution of litigation and other commercial disputes and competition enquiries;
  • Transaction Dispute Advisory: offering accounting advice in disputes and warranty claims arising from the sale or purchase of businesses;
  • Corporate Integrity and Compliance: helping clients to focus their compliance activities in areas of greatest risk to the business.

On joining the team you’ll work on client assignments in all four areas and may also be involved in IT forensic investigations. Other projects you may work on include: researching companies, industries or individuals using internet tools and publicly available information; marketing research; and business development projects.

You’ll technically contribute to FIDS client engagements and internal projects. An important part of your role will be actively establishing, maintaining and strengthening internal and external relationships.

You will progress to anticipating and identifying risks and informing senior members of the team about significant issues. You will determine that delivered work is of high quality and is reviewed by the next-level reviewer. As an influential member of the team, you’ll help to create a positive learning culture and will progress to coaching and counselling junior team members and helping them to develop.

What training and development will I receive in my first few years?

As well as working, you will be trained to become a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW).

Graduates will join after university and spend 3 years on the programme.  School leavers join straight from school following completion of A Levels or Scottish Highers and spend 5 years on the programme. Our students based in England will complete a CFAB qualification leading to full qualification through the ICAEW.

As well as your professional training, you will also develop essential know-how through diverse activities. Over the years you may experience web-based learning, shadowing senior colleagues and team members, secondments (internal, with clients, or overseas) and residential training courses with our in-house experts. You’ll be assigned a counsellor on day one who will work closely with you to identify your strengths and help you grow in your career.

From day one, you’ll be working on real client projects and be involved in a variety of work across a range of sectors. You'll receive a full induction into the firm and regular professional skills training.

You will also spend a minimum of three months per year working in our Audit and Assurance department. This will widen your skillset and understanding of how businesses operate and you will be able to apply what you learn in audit to both your studies and your role in FIDS.

What opportunities will Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services open up?

Our expectations are high: we believe many of our graduates joining FIDS will become senior managers, directors and partners – we’re looking specifically for the business and market leaders of the future. We’re looking ahead and we believe the work and training you do in your first few years lays the groundwork for a fast moving, high-potential career with us.

We place particular emphasis on talent for leadership and strong commercial sense. To further these, we’ve created a structure that allows people here to realise their potential at the earliest stage in their career, taking their career further, faster. A key requirement will be to demonstrate success in completing high-quality engagements for our clients and winning new work for the firm. At first you’ll work on, then later lead, proposals to prospective new clients, showing a strong grasp of their business and potential in the market.

We’ll give you responsibility at the earliest possible moment – as soon as you’re ready for it. As you progress, your familiarity with – and comprehension of – clients will mean you work closely with them and other colleagues to design business solutions. We’re looking for individuals willing to exceed our high expectations, and those of our clients. You’ll receive training and coaching by experienced staff at every stage of your career. And in due course, we’ll look to you to pass your knowledge on to less experienced members of your team to help them take their career further, faster.

What are my options when I apply?

We have opportunities in London. You will have the opportunity to work with a broad range of clients across various industry sectors.

Entry requirements:

For Graduates:

  • Grade B or above for GCSE Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent);
  • At least 300 UCAS points (excluding General Studies and re-sits);
  • A 2:1 honours degree in any discipline.

For School Leavers:

  • Grade B or above for GSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent)
  • At least 300 (24) UCAS points (excluding general studies or re-sits)

Please note: in exceptional circumstances we will accept applications from candidates who do not meet our academic requirements. If this is your case, you will need to provide strong justification for why we should consider your application. You will also need to provide documentary evidence of any mitigating circumstances.


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