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Jeremy Colenso


Jeremy is a practising English and South African solicitor who has acted for corporate clients, government agencies and individuals in the most complex and serious cases. As a result of his work in this field, Jeremy is an experienced fraud investigator, with particular expertise at looking into civil claims, regulatory misconduct, internal fraud, allegations of bribery and Ponzi schemes (among others). Jeremy’s work on fraud cases has also involved working with the UK Insolvency Service, obtaining Mareva injunctions (asset freezing orders), the instruction of expert witnesses, the preparation of legal arguments and the representation of clients in court. A particularly high-profile case in the energy sector involved examining the UK’s Serious Fraud Office investigation into allegations that a dual Middle Eastern/British national bribed officials to win oil infrastructure development contracts.

Prior to his role as a solicitor, Jeremy worked for half a decade for the Official Receiver in the UK. His role entailed the rigorous examination and investigation of all kinds of complex corporate fraud, including Inland Revenue fraud, procurement fraud, VAT ‘carousel’/missing trader fraud and ‘phoenix syndrome’, among others. As a result of this work, Jeremy developed a deep investigative expertise across a broad range of competencies, such as the analysis of accounting records, interviewing parties, and recovering business records. His work led to the recovery of valuable assets including art work, boats, racing horses and specialised industrial equipment.

In addition to his role in the UK, Jeremy is also qualified as an Advocate of the High Court Of South Africa, the local equivalent of a barrister. His practice as an Advocate has involved several High Court criminal trials.

Jeremy earned a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Cape Town and an LL.B. from Rhodes University.