SFO Annual Review 2022


Editor's note

Welcome to our second annual Serious Fraud Office (SFO) Enforcement publication. This year, we take a look at  the SFO's investigations into individuals and corporates respectively for 2021. We consider the SFO's shift in focus from bribery cases to fraud in the past year, their continued use of Deferred Prosecution Agreements and how the outcome of key cases has significantly impacted the credibility of the SFO. Our forward looking piece considers what we can expect from the SFO in 2022.

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White Collar Crime & Investigations 2021 SFO Enforcement Round-Up: Individuals and Corporates

In 2021 the SFO targeted areas where it considered deception was at the heart of the alleged offending. The four new investigations announced by the SFO in 2021 all relate to fraud, which marks somewhat of a departure from previous years when the SFO focused heavily on bribery offences.

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White Collar Crime & Investigations: What to expect from the SFO in 2022?

Having considered the enforcement action taken by the Serious Fraud Office ("SFO") in 2021, we will now look ahead to what we can expect from the SFO in 2022 particularly as the dust begins to settle on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Law Commission publishes its options paper on potential reform to the law on corporate criminal liability.

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