Kelly Rigby and Hugo Loneragan join Grant Thornton’s forensic team

06 June 2022 Consultancy.com.au 2 min. read
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Grant Thornton has boosted its forensic advisory practice with two new partners: Kelly Rigby and Hugo Loneragan.

Both new partners join from other consultancies – Rigby from McGrathNicol, and Loneragan from his own consulting business – and are based in Grant Thornton’s Sydney office.

According to Alex Bell, who leads Grant Thornton’s Forensic Consulting wing nationally, the duo of new hires comes at a time of strong demand for forensic accounting and e-discovery services, amid growing fraudulent and illicit activity in the business landscape.

Kelly Rigby is a forensic expert specialising in financial crime and asset and fund tracing investigations. She has led a number of high profile civil and criminal investigations across a broad range of industries both in the public and private sectors.

Rigby most recently spent five years at McGrathNicol, latterly in the role of director. Before that, she worked for the NSW Crime Commission, at Commonwealth Bank, and at Big Four giant KPMG.

“My investigation experience has included leading large teams on complex forensic accounting matters involving the analysis of large volumes of electronic data, reconstruction of accounting records, and the quantification of loss,” Rigby explained.

Hugo Loneragan brings over 20 years of experience helping corporate clients with a range of financial and accounting issues, including giving expert accounting evidence in civil litigation matters. During his career, he spent over a decade at Deloitte, after which he served Aon and McGrathNicol before launching his own consultancy.

“I help clients understand technical accounting issues, capture hidden value in business transactions, value businesses, and resolve complex business interruption claims and commercial disputes,” explained Loneragan.

Bell said, “We have key talent coming through the ranks but we are supercharging the team with Kelly and Hugo – we’re thrilled to have them on board.”

Grant Thornton’s Forensic Consulting practice helps clients with forensic accounting services in the context of valuations, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, wage remediation, and litigation and class actions.