Lawyers tell Serious Fraud Office to use independent investigators.
Investigations confronting the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) could be better managed using a model similar to the one used by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), according to a specialist law firm.
Anil Rajani, a partner at law firm Fladgate, said the SFO should borrow from the FCA’s procedure, which uses experienced independent investigators—or skilled persons—to undertake an initial examination in a way that avoids contaminating evidence.
Last year the SFO’s head criticised corporates for ordering their own internal investigations before self-reporting suspected financial crimes. SFO director David Green said he was concerned
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