Life at Deloitte

Joe Farrington

Manager, Deloitte Forensic, London

I studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and then worked in audit at a top-ten firm while studying to become a Chartered Accountant. I joined Deloitte Forensic two years ago, straight after qualification. Since joining the department I’ve worked on a wide range of projects including an investigation into the incorrect recognition of income at a retailer, a patent infringement dispute and an exercise to identify the source of the funds held in a client monies bank account.

What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis?
Work in the Forensic department is almost entirely project-based, so the day-to-day work varies a lot. During my first year in the department I reviewed the documents and emails of people of interest in an investigation, traced funds through a company’s records, modelled the financial impact of a rectification programme and researched the technology behind a patent dispute.

What do you like most about the office and region that you work in?
The London office is in a great location in the City, with lots of amenities and plenty of places nearby for lunch and after-work drinks.

What is your top tip for working in your industry?
Be curious. The most important thing when working on both investigations and disputes is to be able to think around the issues and consider different approaches.

What social, society and corporate responsibility activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?
I’ve volunteered at a career workshop for pupils at a local school and have a moderately successful record at internal quiz nights. During one of my longer periods working away from London we had a weekly social night for the team, including ice skating, bowling and ping-pong.

How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?
The Forensic department runs some excellent training courses, which have helped me to develop my skills in areas such as interviewing people during investigations and writing formal reports for clients. I’ve also been given responsibility for managing project workstreams, and for drafting the relevant sections of the report for the client.

What advice would you share to others considering a career in your industry?

Audit is a great place to start, as it gives you a chance to develop your technical accounting knowledge while having lots of direct contact with clients. Written communication skills are also very important – reports are the main output of our work.

Be prepared to be flexible. Projects can start and end quite unexpectedly, and investigations often require significant amounts of time to be spent out at a client’s office.

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