Annabel Kerley, a Partner with StoneTurn, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2004. For the past 12 years, she has specialized in forensic accounting, building up a considerable track record in leading criminal, regulatory and corporate investigations in the financial services, technology, media, retail, public sector and healthcare industries.
Annabel has extensive experience in leading international investigations into matters involving fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing and misleading statements. Annabel also has significant experience in private prosecutions and is Vice-Chair of the Private Prosecutors’ Association.
Previously, Annabel was a Director in the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practice at EY, where she was responsible for leading complex and large-scale international investigations. She led the probe into the CEO of an Insurance Firm who was suspected of defrauding the company. The findings enabled the Board to bring a private prosecution against five defendants. She also led the investigation into alleged breaches of Economic Sanctions by the U.K. operations of a Middle Eastern Bank providing Trade Finance, which involved utilizing advanced forensic technology and data analytics to facilitate the investigation.
Earlier in her career, and at the height of the Financial Crisis, Annabel was with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), where she spent five years in the Retail and Wholesale Enforcement Divisions leading regulatory investigations into market abuse, UKLA Listing Rule contraventions and MCOB breaches, and criminal investigations into insider dealing and misleading statements.
Annabel has been seconded to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), where she investigated a large-scale mortgage fraud and a complex, international Ponzi scheme.
Annabel is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner and has completed the Graduate Diploma in Law.
The Rise of Private Prosecutions
Annabel Kerley, Partner, discusses the use of private prosecutions as an increasingly useful tool in fighting corporate fraud in the U.K.