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The corporate and economic crime team at Morgan Rose is frequently instructed in major inquiries and criminal cases brought by the entire range of investigative agencies including the SFO, HMRC, (former) SOCA, FSA, BIS and the Economic Crime Directorate of City of London of Police.  Morgan Rose has acted for directors, officers, CEO’s and those on the board of charitable organisations and companies.  Always at the vanguard in multi-handed investigations for corporate and complex fraud, Morgan Rose has a reputation for tough and expert defending of our clients at every stage of the case and has produced excellent results both by avoiding prosecution and after trial, or appeal.

Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA)

The Crime and Courts Act 2013 received Royal assent on April 25th, 2013. The Act introduces Deferred Prosecution Agreements to UK law. These enable the Director of Public Prosecutions or the Director of the Serious Fraud Office to reach agreements with corporate bodies to suspend prosecutions for certain offences conditional on requirements including payment of a financial penalty, reparation to victims, disgorgement of profits and future monitoring or reporting requirements. 

The SFO has also made clear that for the individuals concerned in corporates entering DPA's; where there is evidence that individuals have committed wrong-doing they should face the consequences of their actions.   

The Solicitor-General, Oliver Heald QC MP said  just prior to the draft Code being published in June 2013 that "The higher up the company the individual wrongdoing goes, the less likely there is to be a deferred prosecution agreement"  and that in instances of corporate fraud involving senior executives, traditional prosecution methods would undoubtedly be used.
Self-referral of Corporate Wrong-doing
For directors, officers or audit committees that have suspicions of serious fraud or bribery, including overseas corruption within the company, we provide expert practical help in considering a self-report to the Serious Fraud Office, the timing and where appropriate the process of negotiated civil settlement, civil recovery, director disqualification, or prosecution that will follow.   Lawyers at Morgan Rose have years of experience advising clients during SFO investigations and have guided them smoothly to their conclusion.

Sanctions Breaches
Morgan Rose lawyers have acted for off-shore corporates in cases involving alleged breaches of Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) or European Union (E.U.) sanctions.  We represent clients throughout the course of complex regulatory and police investigations.
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