SFO counters critics with improved conviction rate – The Guardian

Posted April 6th, 2010 in compensation, fraud, news, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“The Serious Fraud Office published figures today showing its conviction rate had jumped over the last year despite steep budget cuts in a direct riposte to critics who have called for the crime agency to be scrapped.”

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The Guardian, 1st April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge says plea deal tied his hands over fine for corrupt firm – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2010 in bribery, corruption, fines, news, plea bargaining, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“A senior judge today criticised the Serious Fraud Office for striking plea bargains which let off corrupt companies too lightly.”

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The Guardian, 26th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bernard Madoff prosecutions dropped by SFO – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2010 in fraud, news, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“No prosecutions will take place in Britain in connection with the multibillion-dollar fraud carried out by Bernard Madoff.”

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BBC News, 2nd February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

SFO unveils plans for US-style negotiations – The Times

Posted July 22nd, 2009 in news, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has for the first time formalised its approach towards businesses that come forward with bribery and corruption issues in return for leniency.”

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The Times, 21st July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Serious Fraud Office asks for £15m to cover ‘urgent’ hole in budget – The Times

Posted January 14th, 2009 in fraud, news, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“Fraud investigators were accused yesterday of letting their budgets slide ‘out of control’ after asking ministers for an extra £15 million, the second request in two months.”

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The Times, 14th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Serious Fraud Office appoints first general counsel – The Times

Posted January 12th, 2009 in barristers, news, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has appointed a leading criminal barrister and fraud specialist to the new post of general counsel.”

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The Times, 12th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Statement on House of Lords ruling: Corner House v SFO – Attorney General’s Office

Posted August 1st, 2008 in bribery, corruption, news, Saudi Arabia, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“Statement on House of Lords ruling: Corner House v SFO.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 30th July 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

R (Corner House Research and another) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (JUSTICE intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted July 31st, 2008 in bribery, corruption, law reports, Saudi Arabia, Serious Fraud Office by sally

R (Corner House Research and another) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (JUSTICE intervening) [2008] UKHL 60; [2008] WLR (D) 267

“Where, following threats by a foreign state as to the consequences, affecting national security, if he pursued an investigation into alleged corruption, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office had discontinued it, he had been entitled in his discretion to do so.”

WLR Daily, 30th July 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina (Corner House Research and Another) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office – Times Law Reports

Posted July 31st, 2008 in bribery, corruption, law reports, Saudi Arabia, Serious Fraud Office by sally

Regina (Corner House Research and Another) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office

House of Lords

“Where he took the view that protecting the lives of British citizens outweighed the public interest in pursuing an investigation into allegations of corruption, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office had been entitled to exercise his discretion to discontinue the corruption investigation following threats by a foreign state as to consequences affecting national security if he did not do so.”

The Times, 31st July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Lords overturn Saudi probe ruling – BBC News

Posted July 30th, 2008 in bribery, corruption, news, Saudi Arabia, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“The House of Lords has ruled that the Serious Fraud Office acted lawfully when it halted its investigation into a Saudi arms deal.”

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BBC News, 30th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Hatchet man or saviour of the Serious Fraud Office? – The Times

Posted July 24th, 2008 in Serious Fraud Office, special report by sally

“Are we just starting to see the true Richard Alderman? There were suspicions that he was hired as a hatchet man to carve up the Serious Fraud Office or oversee its demise. He was, after all, instrumental in creating the Assets Recovery Agency, becoming its first legal director. Within just five years it had been absorbed into the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).”

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The Times, 24th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jessica de Grazia Full Report into the Serious Fraud Office – Attorney General’s Office

Posted June 11th, 2008 in fraud, reports, Serious Fraud Office by sally

Review of the Serious Fraud Office: Final Report, June 2008 (PDF)

Attorney General’s Office, 10th June 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Fraud office comes under scrutiny – BBC News

Posted June 10th, 2008 in fraud, news, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“The Serious Fraud Office’s conviction rate has dropped from 82% to 61% in five years, a report has found.”

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BBC News, 10th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk