• Goodbye to our Harvard interns

  • ‘Hello’ to new member of the Investigations Unit!

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with a slightly sad heart that we must bid farewell to our two summer interns, Olivia VanBennekom and Sam Spurrell, who have returned home to the USA and Harvard Law School.

Both have made outstanding contributions to our team and we thank them for their work.

Martin Kenney said:

“Olivia and Sam were excellent and highly effective in all their tasks. I know I speak for everyone here when I say that they really shone and proved their worth during the two months in the BVI.

“I wish them well and look forward to hearing of their progress during a career in the Law in the years ahead.”

Olivia VanBennekom added:

“I had a fantastic time at MKS this summer. I had the opportunity to do substantive work on highly sophisticated matters and especially enjoyed learning about the varying practices of legal systems outside of the United States.”

Sam Spurrell said:

“It was great working with you all this summer, thanks so much for the opportunity.”

Investigations Unit expands

Even as we bid goodbye, Martin Kenney & Co (MKS) continues its expansion with the addition of a new member to its Investigations Unit.

Harley Thomas is our new Financial Investigator and a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)’s School of Justice, one of the UK’s only specialist academic centres focusing on policing and financial investigation.

He joins a team headed by 40-year policing and financial investigations veteran, Tony McClements, who also lectures part-time at the School of Justice.

Harley holds a First-Class degree in Accounting and Finance and achieved Dean’s List status (the highest score), as well as having completed a Master’s degree in Financial Investigation with grade distinction, again from UCLan, with a dissertation specialising in Forensic Accounting and once more was recognised in the Dean’s List awards.

Harley is a full practicing member of the ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), and is currently studying with the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) to become a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) to become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Martin Kenney said:
“With our investigations unit in ever-greater demand, Harley is an extremely welcome addition to our expanding team. I’m certain he will prove a fantastic asset and become a valued team member, further complementing the world-class depth our firm provides in international asset recovery and complex litigation cases.”
Harley Thomas added:
“I am delighted to have joined Martin Kenney & Co, working for a team of world-renowned experts in the field of asset recovery. I’m looking forward to using my set of forensic and financial analytical skills to aid the firm, and more importantly, the clients it serves.”


Martin Kenney & Co enjoys a strong relationship with the UCLan School of Justice: Tony McClements is one of the School’s lecturers, and Martin Kenney was recently given an honorary appointment as a Visiting Professor to the School.

MKS also sponsors an annual award and bursary for one Masters student from the School of Justice, for making an “outstanding contribution to the study of financial investigation”.

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