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13 Mar 2020

Media release: Investigations and eDiscovery specialists join Forensic & Technology Services team at Clayton Utz

Sydney, 13 March 2020: Clayton Utz has recruited Chelsea Hosking and Pavan Kotha to the firm's national Forensic & Technology Services (FTS) team. The appointments reflect the continued strong growth of the FTS practice in response to client demand for a range of specialist FTS services.

Chelsea joins Clayton Utz from EY, where she was a Manager in the Forensic and Integrity Services Division. With a background as a Chartered Accountant and holding a Masters of Fraud and Financial Crime, Chelsea has many years' experience advising and consulting to both private and public sector clients, specialising in fraud and non-compliance investigations.

Chelsea will be based in Clayton Utz's Canberra office, where her experience consulting to Government clients will be particularly valuable.

Also joining Clayton Utz is Certified eDiscovery Specialist Pavan Kotha, from Deloitte.  With a similar background in computer science, Pavan holds the highest level of qualification in the Relativity e-discovery platform and was named a Lit-Support All Star at the 2019 Relativity Innovation Awards. Reflecting his reputation as a leader in eDiscovery, Pavan was recently announced as member of the 2020 Global Advisory Council of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model. Pavan's global eDiscovery knowledge and experience will give added weight to the services Clayton Utz provides to its clients, particularly in relation to regulatory and litigation requests.

Clayton Utz FTS National Practice Group Leader Paul Fontanot said Chelsea and Pavan were welcome additions to the practice.  "Chelsea brings rich experience in fraud and forensic investigations, which is in high demand by our clients and which nicely complements our team's expertise.  Her being based on the ground in Canberra also reflects our continued investment in our clients based in the capital," he said.  "Pavan will also boost our capability in a key area of our practice. He is a self-described eDiscovery enthusiast who enjoys solving problems, so he is the perfect fit for our team."

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