Our People

Simon Kidd – Managing Director

Established the business in 1992 – Simon specialises in banking and financial fraud and has been instructed in over 200 fraud cases. He is retained by major UK Banks and funders to advise on the ongoing financial risks from fraud especially when related to organised crime. Simon has worked on a number of well known reported fraud cases and regularly works in association with the City of London Police Economic Crime Unit.

Initially trained in computer systems programming, design and installation in the 1980s, Simon has developed the business to be a leader in the investigation of fraud within the banking services sector. In his spare time Simon enjoys golf, playing football for Old Wilsonians and chess.

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Paul Collins – Consultant

Paul has provided De Vere with accounting and consultancy services for over 10 years. In the dim and distant past he plied his trade first in the wholesale and retail fashion industries and then as the Production Accountant for West End shows but has now specialised in the legal and financial services industries for more than a decade.

Fully conversant with the SAR and factoring and invoice discounting procedures, he has wide ranging experience of investigating fraud and financial anomalies for major Banks and Asset Based Lenders as well as providing accounting expertise in conjunction with instructing Solicitors in substantial and complex commercial litigation and matrimonial matters.


Sarah Owen – Senior Associate

Sarah joined De Vere in 2005 and has worked on a number of large-scale fraud cases and multinational investigations. She has been instrumental in the development of De Vere’s asset searches and due diligence products and has undertaken a large number of instructions in these areas during the past 9 years.

Sarah graduated from the LSE in 2004 and worked as a researcher in the Houses of Commons as well as tutoring logic and critical thinking at the University of London. She is originally from North Wales and is fluent in Welsh.

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