12 June 2017
David Corker comments on the future of the SFO following the UK General Election in The Global Legal Post and The Law Society Gazette
Lawyers are speculating whether the UK’s shock election results will soften the approach to Brexit whilst also saving the Serious Fraud Office which was under threat from the government.
May’s slender majority, underpinned by Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, will put some of her manifesto pledges, including plans to merge the SFO with the relatively new NCA, under threat.
Meanwhile white-collar crime expert David Corker, partner at law firm Corker Binning, sees the result as saving the Serious Fraud Office which has been proposed by the prime minister. ‘Corbyn’s election success has surely sunk any chance of Mrs May’s ill-starred proposal to merge the SFO with the NCA. Losing the SFO would be a serious blow for the UK’s anti-fraud and corruption capability.’