Conveyancing Fraud Prevention Summit 2016 - Itinerary

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Refreshments: Tea/coffee
Address from our chairperson, David Knowles (Fraud Strategy Manager, the Safe Buyer Scheme, BE Consultancy).

Morning Session - 'Analysis of the Dark Side'

Cyber-crime and Fraud Masterclass by Andy MacDonald (Detective Superintendent Anti-Terrorism, New Scotland Yard), Keith Sharp (Director of Global Security & Investigations at Money Gram and the current president of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators).

Detective Superintendent Andy McDonald is Head of Specialist Investigations at New Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command. His portfolio includes responsibility for strategic and operational oversight of the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU). As Head of NTFIU, he acts as spokesperson for all financial investigators (from police and MI5) and liaises with a variety of cross-government forums. Andy is the former operational head of The Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad.

MoneyGram Logo Keith Sharp started working for MoneyGram International in 2013 and is currently the Director for Group Security and Investigations based in London. Keith is responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with all law enforcement agencies, investigative bodies and trade bodies (local, federal and international) as well as managing official and non-official requests from these agencies. Keith also conducts and assist with complex investigations, both internal and external, and briefing senior and executive management on the status of these investigations.

ID Theft Masterclass by Gavin Burton (Detective Sergeant, Organised Crime Command, Amberhill, New Scotland Yard).

Gavin Burton has worked within the Metropolitan Police for the last 25 years. He has been involved in numerous complex investigations such as homicide, road death and the re-investigation of sensitive serious crimes. He played a significant role in the London 2012 Games investigating ticketing fraud and money laundering. For the last four years he has managed Operation Amberhill in the fight against identity related crime.

Action Fraud Logo

Buyer Deposit Redirection Fraud Masterclass by David Knowles (Fraud Strategy Manager, the Safe Buyer Scheme, BE Consultancy) analysing crime statistics kindly provided by Action Fraud.

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber-crime. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) sits alongside Action Fraud within the City of London Police which is the national policing lead for fraud.

Afternoon Session – ‘Navigating Safely’

A dissection of a real buyer deposit redirection fraud by David Knowles (Fraud Strategy Manager, the Safe Buyer Scheme, BE Consultancy).

David Knowles is a well-known presenter to the financial services industry having spent 26 years as a detective at Scotland Yard’s Fraud Squad. David has received numerous commendations from senior police officers and Crown Court judges alike, for his work in tackling London’s foremost fraudsters and has now brought his considerable expertise and knowledge to bear in the conveyancing fraud arena.

How lenders are working with conveyancers to reduce the surface area for fraud attacks by the lender panel Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, Fleet Mortgages. Hosted by David Knowles (Fraud Strategy Manager, BE Consultancy).

Neil Scriven is Head of Mortgage Fraud at Barclays and has been involved in the management of fraud for over 20 years. While principally involved with ‘Retail’ mortgages he also has experience managing investigations related to ‘Corporate Banking’ and staff fraud along with working with colleagues in continental Europe and South Africa to develop fraud management frameworks. He is a Director of National Hunter ltd and Chairs the CIFAS Mortgage Sector Working Group.

Philip Tebbatt is the Chief Legal and Compliance Officer at Fleet Mortgages. Philip is a qualified solicitor and has been the principal of Slater Rhodes, a firm specialising exclusively in working for clients in the financial services sector, for 7 years. Prior to that Philip was a director of So Simple Mortgages Limited, a directly authorised mortgage brokerage. Philip set up that firm after leaving a top 60 law firm where he had been for 16 years and where he was a full equity partner.

Philip has written extensively on mortgage compliance issues, including a regular column in Lending Strategy, and is co-author of Mortgage Regulation for Intermediaries and Butterworth’s Guide to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (2nd edition). As a solicitor Philip has acted for mortgage clients for most of his career, including representing them in some of the most high-profile lender cases of recent years. Philip joined Fleet Mortgages after working with the management team as adviser to CHL.

Paul King is the Senior Manager for Application Fraud Strategy at TSB, has 17 years experience in the fight against mortgage fraud and also has responsibility for the management of application fraud across current account, credit card, loan and savings portfolios. Paul’s responsibilities span both Retail and Business customers and also has responsibility for management oversight of TSB’s solicitor panel. Paul is a former chair of a mortgage fraud intelligence group, regional CIFAS OFIG form and a former director of National Hunter.

Tamara Brooks is the Manager for Application Fraud Strategy at TSB. Tamara has 10 years experience in fraud and financial crime, across 4 retail banking institutions and is responsible for managing fraud risks across the application portfolio both secured and unsecured, establishing root cause and enhancing bank-wide fraud defenses. Tamara has also been responsible for Solicitor Panel Management oversight both operationally and fraud risk management, management of fraud incidents from professional third parties, solicitors, mortgage intermediaries etc, and management of applicant fraud.

We know that criminals target the weakest point in the process so how do firms avoid being targets? By our panel consisting of Emma Vigus (Professional Indemnity Director, Howdens Insurance), Jo Hodges (Director of Sales and Marketing, Redbrick Solutions) and Rob Hailstone (Founder, Bold Legal Group). Hosted by David Knowles (Fraud Strategy Manager, BE Consultancy).

Emma Vigus is a Director of the Professional Indemnity (PI) division of Howden Insurance Brokers. Having started working in insurance in 2008, she spent several years focusing on providing insurance and risk management advice to valuation surveyors. In that time she sat on several RICS committees concerned principally with managing risk during the property acquisition process. She is now bringing the expertise that she gained in managing valuers through a very challenging PI insurance market to bear across the other industries that Howden PI specialise in. Emma is the Editor of Howden’s Pi magazine and regularly speaks and writes on the topics of PI and risk management across all the key professional services sectors.

Richard Brown is Technical Director at Redbrick Solutions, an established provider of case & practice management solutions to the legal sector. With a core focus on conveyancing and private client work, Richard heads up Redbrick’s product development and is responsible for the strategy, development, testing and support of all of Redbrick’s products. Richard works closely and collaboratively with Redbrick’s clients and suppliers to deliver maximum efficiency in a compliant, secure and intuitive way. With 15 years’ experience in software development and project management primarily gained in the financial services and wealth management sectors. This includes time spent as a fraud investigator for the Alliance & Leicester, leaving Richard well placed to assist Redbrick's clients in meeting their compliance and fraud requirements.

Rob Hailstone, a property conveyancer with four decades of experience, formed the Bold Legal Group in 2010. The BLG now has over 430 member firms of all shapes and sizes. They are kept fully informed about all relevant conveyancing issues, including, SRA fraud alerts, Law Society Practice Notes, the failed Law Society project Veyo, the recent SDLT changes, the Land Registry consultations and the Governments current attempt at improving the home buying and selling process ‘A Better Deal’.

Legal Eye discuss practical tips on conveyancing compliance and focus on information to include in your risk register, considering what you should be recording and where, surrounding cybercrime mitigation. An example Cyber Crime Prevention Policy is available to all delegates on request.

Rhonda Treacy-Hales joined Legal Eye in April 2013 as a Compliance Associate and was promoted to Head of Business Development in May 2015. Rhonda works with a range of law firms, from sole practitioners to multi partner practices, solicitors and licensed conveyancers, setting up the risk management systems and processes required to comply with their Codes of Conduct as well as supporting them in achieving industry standards such as CQS, Lexcel and the Legal Eye Quality Standard.

Address from our Chairperson David Knowles (Fraud Strategy Manager, the Safe Buyer Scheme, BE Consultancy)