StoneTurn, a global advisory firm that assists companies, their counsel and government agencies on regulatory, risk and compliance issues, investigations, and business disputes, today announced that Annabel Kerley, a Partner based in London, has been elected Chair of the Private Prosecutors’ Association (PPA).

In the U.K., private prosecutions allow victims of crime—including individuals, businesses or organizations—to pursue justice in the criminal courts by bringing a criminal case themselves, without the involvement of law enforcement agencies. This can offer an alternative remedy in cases where an investigation or prosecution has not been pursued by the state. In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of private prosecutions before the U.K. courts, including high-profile cases such as R v Somaia and R v Zinga. The PPA is a membership organization for professionals with expertise in bringing private prosecutions and academics with an interest in this fast-growing field.

“With unprecedented fraud levels in the U.K. and public resources to investigate and prosecute stretched to the limit, we will continue to see more and more private prosecutions. With any private prosecution comes a very high degree of responsibility to act as a Minister of Justice. The PPA is here to continue to develop and uphold best practice in the field,” said Kerley. “I, along with the rest of the PPA, owe a debt of gratitude to outgoing Chair Hannah Laming of Peters & Peters. The very existence of the PPA is the result of her tireless efforts, and we look forward to building upon the strong foundation she has built for our organization.”

Kerley, who was previously the PPA’s Vice Chair, was instrumental in the development of a first-of-its kind Code for Private Prosecutors in 2019, which now serves as a benchmark for best practice in the conduct of private prosecutions. She also serves as an Advisor to the Executive Committee of the Association of Corporate Investigators and is Secretary of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association’s London Chapter.

Kerley is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Graduate Diploma in Law. She specializes in forensic accounting and has a considerable track record in leading complex, cross-border criminal, regulatory and corporate internal investigations for clients across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining StoneTurn, she spent five years in the Enforcement Division of the Financial Conduct Authority and has been seconded to the Serious Fraud Office.

Meet Annabel

Annabel Kerley

Annabel Kerley, a Partner with StoneTurn, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2004. For over 13 years, she has specialized in forensic accounting, building up a considerable track record in […]