WHO WE ARE
The Female Fraud Forum
The FFF: we support and encourage the advancement of women.
The Female Fraud Forum operates within the civil and criminal fraud sectors. We spearhead the fight for change so that gender equality and equity become ingrained in the workplace and secured for future generations.
We do this by providing a psychologically safe environment for women - while all genders are welcome - and offering an exciting, collaborative, and confident multi-disciplinary space for sector-experts to network, refer work, socialise, and share educational insights.
What is our history?
Barrister Samantha Riggs and fellow lawyer Lucy Candy co-founded the FFF in September 2011 because they wanted to create a forum to promote and encourage the advancement of women of all levels of expertise, in what was at the time was a very male dominated area of practice.
The idea was that by bringing together female practitioners of all levels of seniority, it could inspire the rising stars of the future, whilst providing opportunities for all members to keep networking, referring cases, strategizing, knocking down barriers and of course, enjoying a glass wine together!
Emma Makepeace, 25 Bedford Row
"I am one of the founding Committee members of the Female Fraud Forum. I originally assisted founder member and a Member of my Chambers, Samantha Riggs, to facilitate her plan, to create the Female Fraud Forum and, It’s aim to encourage the advancement of women of all levels of expertise, through shared ideas, knowledge and experiences and offering a platform to inspire the rising stars of the future along with networking and work referral opportunities. I am more than delighted to still be involved with the Female Fraud Forum after 15 years. Through the FFF, I have made both valuable long-term business contacts and friends. I have really valued the opportunity to share close experiences with amazing women and, also other successful working mums. I’m thrilled to have seen the FFF expand into a multi-disciplinary organisation, including solicitors, barristers, investigators, and forensic accountants, who predominantly work in the civil and criminal fraud sectors and to witness the FFF continuing to go from strength to strength due to the commitment of its wonderful committee and members."
Allison Clare QC, Red Lion Chambers
"I first joined the FFF at the very start of my career when I was trying to build a fraud practice. It was a really welcoming, encouraging and relaxed group. This good experience at the start of my career spurred me on to rejoin more recently. It remains a great way to get to know and support other women doing similar work, share ideas and socialise. In my most recent fraud trial, there were finally more female silks defending than male silks. I think being part of the FFF can help make parity in representation the norm rather than the exception."
Vicky Richards, Kroll
"I joined the FFF 10 years ago as a way of meeting fellow fraud specialists and building my practice. Since then, I have had the privilege of serving as Treasurer on the FFF committee and have also helped out with events and membership. The FFF is an incredible group of women who are all hugely supportive and welcoming regardless of whether you are starting out in your career or have decades of experience. I have made many friends through the FFF and it has been a pleasure seeing them thrive in their careers. It has always been a wonderful organisation but I am particularly proud of what the FFF has achieved in recent years. The committee has injected phenomenal levels of vision and energy and has taken the FFF to new heights through external partnerships, sponsorship and the expansion of its events programme and membership. I cannot wait to see what the FFF has in store for us in the coming months."