BCL partner, Harry Travers has been quoted in Legal Business article titled “Market Report: White-Collar Crime – Closing the net on corruption” discussing deferred prosecution agreements and their use in corporate investigations.
An extract from the article*:
“With deferred prosecution agreements proving a success and the scale of investigations increasing, things have never been busier for corporate crime firms. Anna Cole-Bailey discusses
The consensus among white-collar crime partners is that financial misconduct cases are not going away any time soon. With many investigations historic, they leave deep footprints over time. And, as the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) continues to make its presence felt in the corporate world, corporate crime lawyers predict more deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) will be offered to companies under suspicion of wrongdoing.”
An extract featuring Harry Travers’ quote:
“‘There is criticism,’ adds Harry Travers, a partner at BCL Solicitors which specialises in domestic and international corporate and financial crime. ‘Should Rolls-Royce, which didn’t self-report originally, be allowed to have a deferred prosecution agreement or should they be prosecuted? The court approving the DPA has never been asked to consider whether the company is agreeing to an individual’s guilt simply because of commercial expediency.’”
*This article was originally published by Legal Business on 15th May 2019. You can read the full article on their website.
Harry Travers is a partner at BCL, specialising in business crime. He has had an involvement in numerous high profile commercial fraud and corruption investigations conducted by the Serious Fraud Office including ENRC, BAT, Serco, Balli Steel, Standard Bank, GPT/Airbus, Innospec, Libor, BAE and GP Noble. He was also inducted into the Legal 500 “Hall of Fame” in 2018, which recognises partners who are “at the pinnacle of the profession”.