Investigations conducted by the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) require specialist knowledge, attention to detail and experience in dealing with multi-jurisdictions across the world.
The SFO are a unique prosecuting authority which house both investigators and lawyers to investigate matters that are of particular public importance. These include those that undermine the commercial or financial interests of the UK PLC, or financial interests in the City of London where the financial harm or loss is significant.
Often working in collaboration with the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and other UK government departments including the NCA, The City of London police, HMRC and the FCA, the SFO also assist overseas jurisdictions such as the US Department of Justice with their investigations into serious and complex fraud, bribery and corruption or matters of common interest.
Offences prosecuted by the SFO are typically fraud, corruption, bribery, rigging the financial markets including LIBOR and Euribor and now the new offence of corporate failure to prevent the facilitation of overseas tax evasion.
At ABV Solicitors, we have the expertise to advise you or your company each stage of the investigation, including dealing with matters in a diligent and sensitive manner. The repercussions of these investigations can be serious and our lawyers have the experience in guiding you through each step and explore all options for an outcome, including self-reporting and Deferred Prosecution Agreements.
Our lawyers can advise you from the outset including, pre-investigation, compulsion interviews under s2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987, restraint orders, extradition and criminal investigations. It is important that tactical decisions to advance your defence are put forward correctly and in a timely manner. Our lawyers have the highly specialised skill set required to advise you or your company.
Contact one of our highly trained specialist lawyers today who can provide you with advice and further information.