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SFO Prosecution, Proceeds of Crime and Disclosure Panels

The SFO is reviewing the current panels. Applications are invited from Advocates interested in joining the Prosecution and Proceeds of Crime Panels at QC, A, B and C levels. The SFO is seeking panel members with the right experience, skills and knowledge to undertake work on complex fraud, bribery and corruption and proceeds of crime cases.

The SFO is an independent government department which forms part of the Criminal Justice system with jurisdiction in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is headed by the Director, David Green CB QC, who acts under the superintendence of the Attorney General.

The SFO is unique in that, as an independent law enforcement organisation, it both investigates and prosecutes the most serious cases of economic crime. The SFO focuses on criminal conduct (top-tier fraud, bribery and corruption) which undermines confidence in “UK PLC” and the City of London in particular, compromises the level playing field that investors deserve, or has a particularly strong public interest dimension.

The panel lists will run for four years from August 2017 to August 2021. Those appointed to the panels will have the opportunity to undertake work for the SFO; but being on the panels will not guarantee instruction.

This work will involve working closely with SFO teams in the investigation and prosecution phases of cases and, where required, representing the SFO in court. There may also be a requirement to provide the Director with advice on particular cases, as and when required. All applicants will have to meet the relevant criteria for the panel that they wish to apply for.

The Panels

Prosecution Panels

Please see the specific criteria for each panel.

  • Queen’s Counsel
  • Panel A Counsel
  • Panel B Counsel
  • Panel C Counsel

Proceeds of Crime Panels

Please see the specific criteria for each panel.

  • Queen’s Counsel
  • Panel A Counsel
  • Panel B Counsel
  • Panel C Counsel

Disclosure Panel

This panel covers LLP review as well as disclosure review work.

Disclosure Counsel with chambers must have up to 3 years relevant post-qualification experience, Independent sole practitioners must have 3 years or more relevant post-qualification experience. Independent practitioners must also hold Indemnity Insurance at a minimum of £500,000 and a current practising certificate.

Application Process

Anyone wishing to apply must read all of the guidance documents and complete the relevant forms for the panel that they wish to apply for. Applicants can apply for either or both Prosecution and Proceeds of Crime Panels, except in the case of Panel C. Applicants will need to choose between Panel C Prosecution or the Disclosure Review Panel.

The document set below must be returned by the applicant:

1. Signed Panel Counsel Commitment providing acceptance of terms

2. Equalities Monitoring Questionnaire

3. Application Form – dependent on which panel you wish to apply for. Applicants can only apply for one level (levels below Queen’s Counsel are set according to post-qualification experience), however they may apply to be on the Prosecution and Proceeds of Crime panels. Please look at the criteria for each level to check that you are eligible.

Applicants and Referees should read the guidance documents and criteria before completing the relevant application form. These can be found below in the ‘Index to Counsel Panel Documents 2017’. The deadline for receipt of applications and references is midnight on Wednesday 24th May 2017 and these must be submitted electronically to panelcounsel@sfo.gsi.gov.uk. Any applications after this date will not be accepted.

Appointments are likely to be announced in August 2017.

Index of Documents

Index to Counsel Panel Documents Last Updated: 26 April, 2017

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