EY to open £650k Manchester forensic technology hub

29 May 2014

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  • EY hiring 50 skilled forensic technology, eDiscovery and forensic data analytics professionals as part of expansion
  • New lab will respond to increased demand from law firms for advanced data gathering capabilities including social media and mobile device sources

EY is to open its first dedicated forensic technology facility outside of London. The new Manchester based lab will see EY investing £650,000 and hiring an additional 50 forensic professionals over the next two years to complement the existing team.

The facility is scheduled to open in the autumn and will initially specialise in collecting, managing and analysing data for legal disputes and regulatory investigations across the UK, a process known as e-Discovery, as well as supporting the firm’s Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services team.

According to the Law Society, the UK legal services market is worth £25.6 billion and with 40% of all global disputes being settled under English Law, the facility will support the collection of electronic evidence that underpins many of these cases. Aside from traditional data collection, predominately from laptops and computers, EY is seeing significant growth in demand for data collection from mobile phones, tablets and social media.

Paul Walker, Head of Forensic Technology and Discovery Services (FTDS) for EMEIA at EY, comments: “This new lab will enhance our FTDS practice’s ability to effectively plan for and develop new eDiscovery solutions in response to evolving technology, as well as support our London-based team in servicing a broader range of clients throughout the UK.

“The investment will boost the size of the team to 150 people – the largest in the UK – a sign of our market-leading capability in forensic technology.

“It represents a significant investment that reaffirms our intention to continue expanding our FTDS practice - which is a high growth area for the firm – and EY’s continued commitment to Manchester as a business destination.”

The lab, which will be situated in EY’s Manchester office, will be headed up by Chris Marks, FTDS practice leader in the North West.

Chris said: “A growing need for robust legal evidence across a broader range of data sources - fuelled by technological advancement - has led to increased appetite for specialist IT forensic capabilities. Our new facility will meet the complex demands of clients nationwide, whilst benefitting from our Manchester office’s existing infrastructure.

“Alongside its national and international travel links, Manchester benefits from exceptional universities and a flourishing technology sector that creates a deep pool of entry-level and experienced talent. This will enable us to recruit and develop some of the best FTDS people in the country to support the expansion of a forensics centre for excellence in the North West.”