Aziz Rahman
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The SFO’s Corporate Co-operation Guidance: Does Reality Match the Hype?

Finally, we have the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) Corporate Co-operation Guidance. SFO director Lisa Osofsky has made it clear she’s a firm advocate of co-operation so this guidance was always going to be significant. While welcome, asserts Aziz Rahman, it runs to just five...
Posted On 13 Aug 2019
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Examining The Future for Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Sometimes, the best ideas just don’t turn out to be as good in practice as they were either on paper or in the heads of those who devised them in the first instance. So far, 2019 seems to be the year that Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) have joined the list of things that...
Posted On 07 Aug 2019
Syedur Rahman
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Are Bribery and Corruption Being Overlooked by UK Authorities?

A new report published by the Fraud Advisory Panel alleges that the authorities are overlooking bribery and corruption in the UK. Syedur Rahman argues that, while some criticism is justified, the real picture isn’t quite so clear cut. According to the Fraud Advisory Panel,...
Posted On 24 Jul 2019
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Three individuals acquitted as Serious Fraud Office confirms DPA with Sarclad Ltd

Michael Sorby, Adrian Leek and David Justice have been acquitted of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to bribe. The presiding Jury found the three men not guilty of conspiring with various agents to agree bribes in relation to 27 separate overseas contracts for their company,...
Posted On 17 Jul 2019
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Serious Fraud Office announces DPA in principle with Serco Geografix Limited

The Serious Fraud Office has announced that a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with Serco Geografix Limited (SGL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Serco Group, has been approved in principle by Justice William Davis. On Thursday 4 July 2019, the SFO will apply for final...
Posted On 03 Jul 2019
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Former company director pleads guilty to £12 million bribery scheme unearthed by SFO

In a hearing conducted at Walsall Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 30 May, Carole Ann Hodson pleaded guilty to bribery in relation to a scheme orchestrated to secure £12 million worth of contracts for ALCA Fasteners Ltd, a company she owned at the time. The scheme, which operated...
Posted On 02 Jun 2019
Aziz Rahman
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Is the Serious Fraud Office Offering Value for Money?

Whether the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is value for money is a question that’s being asked following developments that could give ammunition to its detractors, asserts Aziz Rahman. The SFO has just announced that it has dropped investigations into Rolls-Royce and drugs...
Posted On 04 Mar 2019
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Deferred Prosecution Agreement between Serious Fraud Office and Tesco Stores Ltd published

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is now able to share in full the terms of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement reached with Tesco Stores Limited after reporting restrictions were lifted. Between February and September 2014, instead of working to safeguard the financial interests of...
Posted On 24 Jan 2019
Aziz Rahman
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Scaling Down The Rolls-Royce Investigation: A Sign of Panic at the SFO?

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has finally stopped investigating a number of former Rolls-Royce employees in connection with the bribery and corruption scandal that has been rumbling on for many years now. A shrewd decision based on available evidence? Or the frightened actions...
Posted On 10 Jan 2019
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Former Alstom Power global sales director sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for corruption

Nicholas Reynolds has received a sentence of four years and six months in prison for his part in a conspiracy to bribe officials in Lithuania’s Elektrenai Power Station and senior Lithuanian politicians in order to win two contracts worth €240 million. Reynolds was also ordered...
Posted On 02 Jan 2019