Julian Parker is a London-based Managing Director of Stroz Friedberg. He was formerly CEO of Data Genetics International Ltd (DGI), the U.K.’s premier independent forensic technology company, which he co-founded and which was acquired by the firm.
Mr. Parker develops professional and technical resources, directs the forensics labs, and oversees a significant caseload, continuing, as he did at DGI, to develop strategic links to businesses and organisations in the U.S., Europe, and around the world. He has been instrumental in introducing the concept of eDisclosure to many U.K. law firms as yet unfamiliar with the key issues at stake and the technology available to assist them. He has worked extensively not only with major U.K. law firms and other corporate entities, but also with investigation firms and regulatory agencies.
Using his extensive background in forensics, investigations, due diligence and fraud, Mr. Parker manages numerous international cases, some notable recent cases include the support of a multi-jurisdictional FCPA review, assisting a major global manufacturer with its worldwide due diligence requirements, and leading a multi-jurisdictional, multi-user collection and investigation.
Mr. Parker is also highly experienced in the execution of Civil Search Orders, and regularly assists in drafting the technical aspects of such orders as they relate to the capture and analysis of digital data. He also regularly advises on methodologies for review of the data captured post execution, and helps both parties successfully negotiate a way through this often complicated and stressful phase, in the most effective and timely manner possible.
Drawing on his successful handling of numerous cases relating to “bad” leavers and theft of intellectual property, Mr. Parker brings a very practical approach to the issues at hand, specifically the ownership and control of data, for all parties involved; helping explain issues, and offering tried and trusted methods for getting round most obstacles put up in such cases. His pragmatic approach engenders sensible and proportionate resolutions.
Mr. Parker is adept at bridging the gap between technical and lay clients, regularly lecturing to UK law firms and barristers chambers on modern forensic methodologies and their impact on the legal process, and contributing to the current literature in the realm of digital evidence and strategies for prevention of data breaches.
Prior to co-founding DGI, Mr. Parker enjoyed a decade-long career in corporate fraud investigation, where he worked on hundreds of cases involving, among other crimes, purchasing and procurement fraud, letter of credit fraud, high-tech piracy, intellectual property infringement, electronic funds transfer fraud, insurance fraud, and counterfeiting. His expert reports have been used in litigation and many of his findings have also been used to improve corporate controls, closing loopholes and system weaknesses that were identified during the investigations. He has also undertaken numerous due diligence projects, managed information systems used in piracy and fraud investigations, and supervised computer evidence collection. His investigation and due diligence work has taken him on assignments worldwide, including to France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, the Canary Islands, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.
His investigations experience was preceded by military service as an officer in the British Army. Mr. Parker earned a B.A., with Honours, in Arabic from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. A seasoned poly-lingual speaker, he lectures internationally on computer forensics and digital evidence, and their importance to investigations and litigation.