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By Securities Docket on February 27, 2019, 9:57 am
The Serious Fraud Office has appointed its first female general counsel, putting two women in charge of Britain’s top fraud prosecutor. The appointment of Sara Lawson, QC, a barrister who has prosecuted criminal and regulatory cases for government departments including the SFO and HM Revenue & Customs, is part of changes after Lisa Osofsky, 57, […]
By Securities Docket on December 29, 2018, 12:10 pm
The head of the UK Serious Fraud Office says she intends to make greater use of the US-style tactic of persuading insiders to co-operate with investigators to speed up criminal probes following the delay or failure of a number of high-profile cases. Lisa Osofsky told the Commons justice committee on Tuesday that she was personally […]
By Securities Docket on December 10, 2018, 8:37 am
So much for the SFO banishing its reputation as the “Serious Farce Office”. Even the most ardent supporter of the corporate crime-fighting agency would struggle to put a positive slant on the collapse of its massive fraud case against two former senior Tesco directors. The four-year inquiry, which cost taxpayers more than £10m, was condemned […]
By Securities Docket on October 28, 2018, 12:28 pm
The question on everyone’s mind since the announcement of the Director of the SFO on 4 June 2018 has been: how (if at all) will the new Director change the SFO’s strategic direction and enforcement priorities? We have had the first insight into that topic with the speech delivered in September by Lisa Osofsky in […]
By Securities Docket on October 2, 2018, 8:54 am
The SFO said on Thursday it was seeking candidates for two new roles – a Head of Intelligence to proactively source new cases and a Head of Corporate Services to manage finance, human resources and procurement – to help boost efficiency. via New UK Serious Fraud Office head launches recruitment drive | Reuters.
By Securities Docket on September 25, 2018, 8:55 am
Alun Milford, general counsel for the U.K. Serious Fraud Office, will be leaving the agency to join law firm Kingsley Napley as a partner at a date to be announced. via SFO General Counsel to join Kingsley Napley.
By Securities Docket on September 14, 2018, 9:54 am
It would, therefore, be premature to read too much into the increased number of raids. Maybe if the figures stay high – or go even higher – in the next few years, we will be able to say with certainty that the SFO is increasingly keen to raid those it suspects of wrongdoing. For now, […]
By Securities Docket on September 12, 2018, 7:33 am
Sir David Green will not work on any matters he was involved in while he was director of the Serious Fraud Office when he starts his new job at Slaughter and May, the City law firm said. via Sir David Green to be ‘ringfenced’ at Slaughter and May | Business | The Times.
By Securities Docket on September 6, 2018, 7:48 am
After less than a week on the job, Lisa Osofsky, new director of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), set out her approach to the role in a wide-ranging speech at the Cambridge Economic Crime Symposium. Three areas of focus stood out in her Sept. 3 speech: first, a doubling down on the increasingly U.S. […]
By Securities Docket on August 30, 2018, 7:59 am
Lisa Osofsky’s five year term as Director of the Serious Fraud Office begins today, 28 August 2018. Her appointment was announced by the then Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC MP, on 4 June. Her start date was subsequently brought forward from 3 September. via Lisa Osofsky begins tenure as SFO Director – Serious Fraud Office.