Serious Fraud office (SFO)
BUSINESS CRIME SOLICITORS FOR SERIOUS FRAUD
The Serious Fraud Office is a separate prosecuting body from the Crown Prosecution Service. It is headed by a director and supervised by the Attorney General.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is charged to investigate any suspected offence which appears to the Director on reasonable grounds to involved serious or complex fraud. The SFO also has powers to institute proceedings for the civil recovery of the proceeds of fraud or unlawful conduct.
INVESTIGATIONS BY THE SFO
Different rules apply in relation to the investigation of certain serious or complex fraud. The SFO must follow the usual procedure set out in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act when conducting standard interviews under caution but in addition the SFO has powers to require a person under investigation to produce documents and to provide explanations for them. A suspect who without reasonable excuse fails to comply with a requirement to provide documents is potentially guilty of a criminal offence.
EXPERIENCED SFO BUSINESS CRIME SOLICITORS
Our criminal defence solicitors have extensive experience of representing clients prosecuted by the SFO. Whether it is attending for interview at SFO HQ at Elm Street, London or representing clients at the Crown and High Court in relation to prosecutions or restraint/confiscation proceedings, we will be able to ensure your case is defended to the fullest. We instruct the leading business crime barristers and QC’s and have excellent working relationships with expert forensic accountants.
We have previously worked on large scale SFO cases ranging from; large scale mortgage fraud to the prosecution of the chairman of a multinational PLC.
CONTACT OUR BUSINESS CRIME TEAM
Please contact us to speak to an expert business crime solicitor about your case. All enquiries are treated in the strictest of confidence.