Mutual Legal Assistance in British-Polish Asset Recovery

Fiona Jackson spoke in Warsaw today to an audience of members of the Warsaw Bar Association and Polish Bar Association, international embassies’ staff and other legal professionals on Mutual Legal Assistance in British-Polish Asset Recovery.  Covering issues of domestic and international criminal and civil asset recovery, mutual legal assistance and mutual recognition of restraint, freezing and confiscation orders, Fiona focused also on present barriers to successful mutual co-operation in an effort to strengthen the ties between the two jurisdictions.

The workshop was organised as part of a Bar Council mission addressing current bilateral issues in Family Law and Criminal Law, underscoring the importance which the Bar Associations of both jurisdictions place on the rule of law.

To instruct Fiona ( in any of these matters, please email or speak with her Practice Director, Martin Adams on +44 (0) 20 7440 9950.


SFO DPA with Tesco Stores Limited

It has been announced today that Tesco will pay a £129m fine and set up an £85m compensation fund for investors. The DPA will however need to be approved formally by the Court.

Reported variously as below:

Amanda Pinto QC advised the SFO in relation to the potential corporate prosecution.

Verdicts in £160m Financing Fraud

John Black QC and Catherine Collins secure acquittal for Company Secretary in £160m fraud.

John Black QC and Catherine Collins, instructed by Richard Holliday of Olliers Solicitors, secured the acquittal of their client in a £160m fraud trial at Southwark Crown Court.  Following a five month trial, the jury unanimously acquitted Kerry Lloyd of two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, and one count of conspiracy to give corrupt payments.  

The SFO press release is here: