James Bartlett is a senior director with K2 Integrity’s Investigations and Disputes practice and part of its Financial Investigations and Forensic Accounting team. With more than 20 years of forensic experience, James works with UK and international financial services clients and corporations across industries including pharmaceuticals, energy and natural resources, telecoms and the public sector, specializing in investigations into regulatory services and financial matters as well as fraud and misconduct investigations. He also assists clients in ensuring compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act.
James spent a decade in practice at KPMG, leading high-profile, multidisciplinary investigations into criminal, regulatory, and compliance matters, and financial crime remediation projects for UK, U.S., and other international regulators. Before that, he worked at PKF providing forensic expert litigation support and assisting with business interruption disputes.
Outside professional practice, James completed a two-year secondment to the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), where he conducted compelled and cautioned interviews while investigating large-scale cartel activity. He also worked for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), investigating and advising on retail and regulatory breaches and corporate governance for the UK financial regulator before returning to professional practice.
James graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in maths from the University of Leeds and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA). He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and an Accredited Counter‑Fraud Specialist (ACFS).