People: Accountancy firm adds to forensics team; Trowers & Hamlins bolsters construction offering with new partner

Chartered Accountant Emma Wallace has joined Dains’ expanding team as a forensic associate director.

Wallace has been a forensic accountant for over 10 years with a wealth of experience working for Big 4 accountancy firms.

In her career, she has built up expertise in managing civil disputes and financial misconduct investigations and has worked across different industry sectors including consumer products, construction/ infrastructure and charities.

Her forensic experience includes dealing with loss of profits, breach of contract, share warranty claims, professional negligence, matrimonial disputes and misappropriation of funds/ assets investigations.

Andrew Donaldson, Dains forensic accountancy partner, said: “We are delighted to welcome Emma to Dains and look forward to her becoming an integral part of the Forensic Accounting team.
“Having someone with Emma’s experience will be invaluable to us going forward as we look to build on the expertise we have developed within our team since we established Dains Forensic in 2014.”

Dains is continuing to recruit new staff and promote from within the business.

Terri Bruce was welcomed to Dains this month as a tax director indirect tax: SMEs and Not for Profit, Samantha Mellor joined the commercial services team for consolidated charities in Burton and Erlando Veseli became an audit assistant in the Birmingham team.

Meanwhile, Mark Gurney was promoted internally to associate director for audit, ten other employees were promoted to more senior positions in Dain’s audit teams and new starters are being recruited for the commercial services, audit, payroll and tax teams.

The firm currently employs approximately 190 staff including 20 partners and directors and operates from its primary offices at Birmingham, Burton on Trent, Derby, Lichfield and Stoke on Trent.


International law firm Trowers & Hamlins has recruited partner Paul Scott to its dispute resolution and litigation team in Birmingham.

Scott is a construction litigation specialist, with significant adjudication, arbitration and litigation experience. He has a track record of delivering successful outcomes in contentious construction matters, with significant recent experience complex and high value ‘post-Grenfell’ cladding claims; professional negligence actions; and subcontractor disputes.

A qualified lawyer of 12 years, he joins Trowers from Gateley.

He said: “Trowers & Hamlins is a firm renowned for its national litigation practice and strong reputation in the construction litigation sector and I am excited to be joining the team, bringing my experience to make a valuable contribution for further growth across the West Midlands and beyond.”

Paul Marco, partner and head of dispute resolution and litigation, added: “I am delighted to welcome Paul to the team. With his fantastic clients, contacts and reputation in the West Midlands and beyond, Paul is well positioned to add value to our offering and further develop our excellent reputation in the construction sector.”

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