"The plea will encourage the SFO to pursue investigations of this nature to demonstrate their credibility as a law enforcement agency".
Speaking with Law360, partner Frances Murray discussed what Glencore's surprise guilty plea means for the case and for the SFO as an agency. Up until now, the SFO has demonstrated a tendency to avoid charging individuals for large-scale wrongdoings. There are hopes that the commodities' giant guilty plea to charges of bribery will encourage the SFO to charge its executives.
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Frances is a partner in the fraud and criminal litigation team. Frances has defended investigations / prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue and Customs, National Crime Agency, Architects Registration Board and the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as those prosecutions brought privately.