The future of the Serious Fraud Office seems slightly more secure after the Solicitor General praised its work and high conviction rate.
Speaking at the Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime, Robert Buckland MP said the SFO was continuing to deal with high profile cases and praised the deferred prosecution agreement with Rolls-Royce. He also highlighted the SFO’s 89% conviction rate.
The SFO’s future had been in doubt since the Conservatives made a pre-election pledge to merge it with the National Crime Agency.
But the fact that its work and its success rate is being praised by the Solicitor General must be seen as an acceptance of its value as an independent investigator and prosecutor.
That means that the SFO is set to be around for the foreseeable future. And that, therefore, means that anyone who feels they are about to be – or are being – investigated by the SFO must still seek the appropriate legal advice as soon as possible.
Only be doing this can a person have any hope of securing the best possible outcome.
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