City of London Police will start to use external law firms on fraud cases for the first time following funding approval from the Home Office.
The police force, which specialises in financial crime, has established a panel of firms and investigators to offer advice to victims of fraud and assist police with asset recovery, which will be trialled over the next two years. The panel has been dubbed a joint working partnership internally.
Just two firms have been appointed to the partnership initially: Mishcon de Reya and prosecution boutique Edmonds Marshall McMahon (EMM). Kroll is also on the panel to offer investigations services.
Representatives from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), CPS, and National Crime Agency (NCA) are also part of the working group, though there are not yet plans for these agencies to start engaging the external advisers on fraud work.
Private practice lawyers already onboard are Mishcon disputes partner Rob Wynn Jones and EMM founding partners Kate McMahon and Tamlyn Edmonds.
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