Phil Beckett, MD, Alvarez & Marsal
Phil Beckett, a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Disputes and Investigations practice in London, brings more than 18 years of experience in forensic technology engagements, advising clients on forensic investigations of digital evidence, the interrogation of complex data sets, information governance, cyber risk and the disclosure of electronic documents. Mr.Beckett leads the Forensic Technology team across Europe. He was recently named Who’s Who Legal’s Investigations Digital Forensic Expert of the Year.
He has worked with global clients across a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceutical, oil & gas, financial services, IT software/hardware, automotive, electronic equipment, power generation, chemicals, music and entertainment, defence and aviation, engineering, construction, manufacturing, professional services and healthcare. Mr. Beckett has acted as an IT Forensics Expert and given written testimony.
Mr. Beckett has led anti-bribery investigations, kickback investigations, IP theft cases, employment disputes, fraud investigations, cartel/anti-trust investigations, compliance review exercises, and supported commercial litigation and international arbitration. Many of these cases have been cross-border, requiring close monitoring of data protection and privacy legislation and the appropriate use of technology.
Mr. Beckett has regularly been appointed as an expert and managed the execution of multi-site Civil Search Orders whereby data has been captured and interrogated to meet Court requirements – including one recent case for a major international pharmaceutical firm. He managed an international project investigating a coordinated theft of intellectual property across the UK, US, Japan, France, Switzerland and Germany. Mr. Beckett was also instructed as an expert witness in Imerman vs Tchenguiz ( EWCA Civ 908).
Mr. Beckett has worked on a large number of high-profile e-disclosure cases, including a litigation between Russian entities in the High Court, where data had to be managed in an extremely secure environment across the UK and Russia. Mr. Beckett also managed a regulatory review of a global bank trader performed by multiple regulators involving the collection, processing and hosting from multiple systems and jurisdictions (including Germany, Switzerland and the UK), including instant-message chat data.
Mr. Beckett has managed a number of data analytical projects, that range from verifying the completeness, integrity and accuracy of data and communications in an organisation’s infrastructure, performing comparative exercises across different data sets to establish commonalities, and projects to identify unusual patterns and trends within large, complex datasets.
Mr. Beckett was previously a Partner at Proven Legal Technologies and a Managing Director at Navigant leading their European Forensic Technology Practice for seven years where his clients included major internationally-listed companies as well as large privately owned or private equity-funded businesses.
Mr. Beckett earned a bachelor's degree in computing and management from the Loughborough University, a master’s degree in forensic computing from Cranfield University, a master’s degree in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary University of London, and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), winning the ACCA Gold Medal when he qualified in 2001. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and lectures regularly on information governance and digital investigations.