SFO investigations

The Serious Fraud Office (‘SFO’) exists to undertake the investigation and prosecution of high value, complex frauds.

 


It has a statutory power to require the mandatory disclosure of documents and information by suspect companies and individual employees.

SFO investigations are, by their very nature, document heavy and complex. They pose real difficulties for commercial entities and individuals. A failure to comply with disclosure requests can, in some cases, amount to the commission of a separate offence. Our lawyers have experience of dealing with all aspects of investigations conducted by the SFO, including:

  • Interviews conducted under section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987
  • The assertion of legal professional privilege
  • Disclosure and admissibility issues surrounding connected civil proceedings
  • Restraint Orders
  • Contempt Proceedings
  • Representation at trial
  • Confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

We are conscious of the considerable costs in involved in the management of SFO enquiries and strive of offer maximum efficiency in the representation that we provide.