Michele Cairns

Michele Cairns


Michele is a Principal within the valuations and forensic accounting team at Sapere Research Group Ltd. She is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner with 20 years’ experience in the forensic accounting field primarily focusing on disputes and litigation consulting and investigations.

Michele’s forensic accounting experience includes: complex loss of profits; contract disputes; class action disputes; disputes relating to injunctions and damages undertakings in the pharmaceutical sector; assessment of financial strength; assessment of solvency; business interruption; and intellectual property claims.

Michele’s investigations experience covers a range of issues, including whistle-blower allegations, fraud, corruption and other employee misconduct.

Michele has 10 years’ experience in the London forensic market, specialising in the preparation of expert accountant reports, the assessment of damages, and investigations. Michele has worked on numerous major UK disputes and investigations, including proceedings in the High Court in London.



  • Damage calculations
  • Financial modelling
  • Forensic accounting
  • International arbitration

Qualifications & accolades

  • Bachelor of Commerce from the Macquarie University
  • Member of Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

Recent work highlights include:

  • Fraud investigation of a former employee of financial advisory firm and the misappropriation of client funds;
  • Investigation of a whistle-blower allegation for the Reserve Bank of Australia;
  • Calculation of economic loss suffered by a large hotel group as a result of a breach of contract;
  • Calculation of damages as a result of a breach of contract relating to a Government construction contract;
  • Calculation of damages and compensation arising from patent infringements in the pharmaceutical industry.