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Jonathan Fisher QC comments on the Serious Fraud Office in The Times

Jonathan Fisher QC has been quoted in a recent article published in The Times, “Serious Fraud Office is ‘failing victims’”.

The article explores the accusations that fraud victims are being ‘badly served’ by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which, according to fraud lawyers, only recovered £1.3 million in compensation last year despite UK fraud losses of £717 million. The figures have been condemned by fraud lawyers who say that the small scale of asset recovery shows that law enforcement agencies are struggling with insufficient resources.

On this issue, Jonathan said: “Victims have always achieved better results in the civil courts where the focus of attention is asset recovery and not proving criminality. However the SFO would be helped by a recent change in the law that will make it easier for them obtain a restraint.”

Read the full article, published on 20 October 2015, on The Times online or access the PDF here.

Jonathan is ranked in the first band for Financial Crime and Proceeds of Crime in the legal directories, and his specialist areas include asset recovery.   He has been described as, "A very effective advocate, both in terms of oral submission and written advice. Has the ability to distil the relevant points and focus on what matters. In a game of chess, he would be five steps ahead.” He is also ranked in the legal directories in the areas of Fraud (Civil and Criminal), Financial Services and Tax Disputes.

Jonathan can be contacted to discuss any of the issues raised in the article at fisher@devchambers.co.uk   
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