New SFO Director Sets Out His Most Urgent Priorities – White Collar Crime, Anti-Corruption & Fraud

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John Binns comments in The Law Society Gazette.

Nick Ephgrave last week set out an ambitious transformation
plan, including speeding up cases and improving disclosure. But
solicitors specialising in white-collar crime remain sceptical

‘Under my leadership, SFO cases will be processed more
quickly, we will be faster,’ Ephgrave said.

John Binns, white-collar crime partner at BCL Solicitors, said
it is ‘crucial’ the SFO uses methods open to it
‘wisely’. He added: ‘The SFO’s toolbox has never
been more packed, with compulsory disclosure, deferred prosecution,
and “failure to prevent” offences.’

John’s comments were first published in The Law Society
Gazette on 19 February 2024, and can be seen here.

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