Meet Bridget Carter – Manager of the Forensic Investigation Team – UHY Crossleys LLC
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
A dishwasher at the Beach Hotel in Ramsey when I was 13. I loved it.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE AT SCHOOL?
To be Policewoman. When the time came I was too short and when they moved the goal posts to make it easier for shorter people, l was too old and when they moved those goal posts, l was too old again!
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS/TRAJNlNG DO YOU NEED FOR YOUR JOB?
Having spent a number years as a Paralegal in local businesses I have continued in a support and investigatory capacity since joining Crossleys where I have now been for over I 0 years. I am very passionate about the legal challenges some folk face daily and having encountered my own legal battle in recent years I feel that the hands-on approach has stood me in good stead as far as training goes. I also have a plethora of relevant qualifications to include the many different aspects of psychology. Life is never dull, and every day seems to bring along new challenges and problems to solve.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
My role is so diverse, there is never a dull moment, but at the end of the day I am most satisfied when l see, the “bigger picture” unfold, and it is a desired outcome, which happens with most of the cases we deal with here. To see clearly, the workings out of criminal activity, and for our client’s to then take their case to a lawyer to review, having saved themselves thousands and thousands of pounds in the process to find they do have a case to answer; well that has to be the best thing about my job.
WHAT lS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
My job is somewhat taxing at times in that aside from being the personal assistant to Nigel Rotheroe, a Director at UHY Crossleys LLC in Ballasalla. I am also a Manager, in the forensic/investigative team headed up by Nigel and his co-director, Andrew Pennington. My role involves obtaining evidence in relation to many different matters and that includes elder financial abuse, divorce disputes, setting up Wills and trusts and much more. The key indicators of many of the cases I deal with effectively put one on notice that some financial fraud and/or other irregularities are or could be taking place.
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITIES YOU NEED IN YOUR ROLE?
In this line of work it is important “not to jump the gun” and to accuse anyone of deceit, gaslighting, misappropriation, forgery, theft, or undue influence without beforehand having obtained sufficient evidence and taken appropriate legal advice. To do otherwise enables any such perpetrator of such a misfeasance to “cover their tracks” and “muddy the waters”, so that the ability to hold them accountable in the future becomes more difficult. A key element of what we do at Crossleys is trying to understand what has happened or is happening and to set out the sto1y and financial implications of the abuse or otherwise; in an easy readable format and telling the story so far. Basically we do the ground work for a lawyer and or other advisers to advise accordingly.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO GET INTO THE SAME INDUSTRY?
Do it, it’s challenging but very rewarding, especially when you get to see the bigger picture and you are able to at least help someone else do the same.
Article by Bridget Carter
UHY Crossleys LLC