Accountancy firm Ernst & Young has turned to the West Midlands for its new national head of global investigation and dispute advisory.

Birmingham-based partner Sara Fowler (right) has been promoted to lead the group which specialises in forensic accounting services including fraud investigation and commercial dispute advice.

Formerly in charge of the regional investigation and dispute advisory practice, Ms Fowler now heads up the 80-strong national team from the firm's Colmore Square office.

An expert in forensic services, she will be responsible for leading what is claimed to be one of the largest and most experienced teams in the country.

Ms Fowler said: "In my experience businesses are mindful of the need to reduce the cost of fraud and dispute, and I see our role as working alongside our clients to develop effective strategies to achieve this.

"In the south region, we have built an enviable reputation with both national and international clients. In my new role, I will still be based in Birmingham, but will lead the firm's UK team with a view to building even stronger relationships with corporates and their legal advisers." Commenting on Ernst & Young's approach in the region, she said: "What sets us apart is that we work to understand our clients' real needs and put in place the right expert and team to make the partnership work effectively. I am relishing the opportunity of working with the national team."

Speaking of her appointment, Ronnie Bowker, Ernst & Young's Birmingham senior partner said: "The GIDA practice has gone from strength to strength under Sara's leadership, and her promotion is a testament to the quality of the professionals we have in Birmingham.

"Sara is a credit to the region's professional services community."

Ms Fowler came to join Ernst & Young in 1987 and was then admitted as a partner in 2000.