Serious Fraud Office under fire over big investigation failures and lack of convictions - Nicola Finnerty quoted in The Times

10 July 2020

Nicola Finnerty, Partner in our Criminal Litigation team has been quoted in The Times giving her thoughts on the SFO two years on from the appointment of Lisa Osofsky.

Nicola quoted:

It is widely accepted that SFO directors need time to make their mark. However, Osofsky is two years into a five-year stint and we are still waiting to see what that mark might be."

The clear lack of progress by the SFO has led to a growing feeling in the City that she is not ready, willing or able to take on difficult corporate cases and there are no signs that this is about to change."

All in all we are left with the feeling the SFO desperately needs some notable successes in the second half of her tenure."

This article was first published by The Times on 9 July 2020. You can read the article in full by clicking here (subscription required).

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About the author

Nicola Finnerty is a partner in the criminal litigation team. She has experience of fraud, corruption  (including the Bribery Act) and cartel matters, financial compliance, money laundering, asset seizure and confiscation cases, through to sexual offence casesdrugsmurder and offensive weapon crimes.


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