David Lawler is a managing director in Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps' Business Intelligence and Investigations practice, based in London. David is a seasoned forensic accountant, with over 25 years’ experience helping multinational companies, financial institutions and their advisers identify, investigate and respond to complex financial issues. He is an expert in internal investigations and the use of analytics to highlight high-risk transactions and to put in place best-of-breed procedures and controls to stop problems recurring. He also has significant experience working with companies, regulators, prosecutors, and monitors on worldwide compliance, ABC, and AML matters, both reactive, and proactive. He is also an experienced expert witness and is recognized as one of the world’s leading consulting experts in the 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal.

Acting for international companies and financial institutions on complex accounting matters and compliance investigations, David reviews accounting records and transactions for organisations all over the world, and helps them respond to the claims of prosecutors and regulators.

David originally trained as a Chartered Accountant at a big 4 accounting firm and developed an early interest in forensic accounting and financial investigations. He was part of the UK team involved in the investigation of collapsed bank BCCI in 1991 and has since led teams to carry out investigations and reviews (both proactive and reactive) in Russia, Kazakhstan, the UAE, Algeria, Gabon, Nigeria, Angola, South Africa, India, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil and Argentina.

Throughout his career so far, David has worked with clients from a variety of sectors, assisting their in-house teams and external counsel in investigating allegations of white collar crime including fraud, bribery and corruption.


  • Frequently Asked Questions in Anti-Bribery and Corruption, John Wiley & Sons (April 2012).

Education and Certifications
  • PhD, University of London
  • BSc, University of Durham
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP(E)

Affiliations and Memberships
  • Member of the Academy of Experts (MAE)
  • Member of the Institute of Directors (MIOD)
  • Accredited Commercial Mediator (Australian Commercial Disputes Centre and ADR Group)
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