- SFO considers its role and priorities in relation to proceeds of crime
- What do you think has prompted this renewed focus?
- Do you see this as a sea change in approach or not, and for what reasons?
- What do the speeches indicate about the use to which UWOs might be put by the SFO?
- What should practitioners with clients being investigated by the SFO be advising about the prospect of assets being forfeited or confiscated?
- Any other points of interests worth mentioning here?
Corporate Crime analysis: Representatives of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) have recently given speeches indicating a renewed focus on stripping the proceeds of crime from those whom the SFO investigates and prosecutes. Aziz Rahman, senior partner at Rahman Ravelli, says only time will tell whether this heralds a change to the SFO’s approach, but predicts that any change will be determined by its future use of Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and unexplained wealth orders (UWOs).
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