Paul Fontanot

Clayton Utz
Partner Sydney
* CA, licensed investigator, not an Australian legal practitioner

Not only is your group groundbreaking in the context of law firms, it illustrates what is possible when one modifies the law firm business model and incorporates a diverse set of professionals and technology tools into the mix.

– Ralph Baxter,


An experienced Chartered Accountant and Forensic Investigator, with special expertise in financial analysis, damages quantification and regulatory investigations. Paul is skilled in designing and building diverse and unique Forensic and Technology teams that complement legal strategies.

Paul is the National Practice Group Leader of the Forensic & Technology Services group.

Notable Work
  • Expert Evidence: presented Expert Evidence in the Equity Division Supreme Court (NSW), matter [2017] NSWSC 476. The Decision handed down by Justice Black was that "…The Defendant breached his statutory and general law directors' and officers' duties…"
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia: acted as one of five partners instructed to assist in its preparation and representation at the Royal Commission into misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services industry.
  • University: engaged to quantify superannuation underpayments.
  • Listed Company: conducted Forensic Data Analytics for a large, listed construction company to detect Payroll and Procurement fraud.
  • Major Bank: assisted with a response to an ATO Notice issued under s353-10 of the Tax Administration Act.
  • Major Bank: lead a team to respond to a s952K Notice.
  • Major Bank: lead a team to respond to an ASIC Notice. The work related to collation and analysis of transactional customer credit card data over a 5-year period.
  • Investigated network activity to assess whether mailboxes were accessed by a cybercriminal to deploy malware therein.
  • International Provident Fund: conducted an investigative audit following concerns raised publicly alleging nepotism and mismanagement.Mandate was approved by the Minister for Finance and Economic Management.
  • Investigated corrupt employee who manipulated the accounting processes to defraud the insurer. Suspects were arrested and found guilty.
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