The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has issued its long-awaited guidance on corporate co-operation. For the first time in one place, the SFO has set out what in its view are ‘indicators of good [co-operation] practice’ for companies under investigation. This is a helpful clarification.
In its own words the SFO defines co-operation as going ‘above and beyond’.
The list of indicators of good co-operation practice is extensive and not, as the SFO itself points out, exhaustive. That said, the SFO acknowledges that each case turns on its own facts, and some indicators on the list may not apply in some cases, perhaps hinting at a little flexibility depending on specific circumstances.
Companies dealing with the SFO and/or identifying suspected wrongdoing in their organisation must therefore carefully consider the guidance and determine whether and/or to what extent they can meet the SFO’s co-operation requirements.
Companies should also review existing policies and procedures dealing with internal investigations in light of the new SFO guidance.
Click here for the full GT Alert, ‘Above & Beyond’? Serious Fraud Office Issues Corporate Co-Operation Guidance – Part I, in which our London White Collar team outlines the key takeaways from the guidance.