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Respect at the cutting edge

29 July 2008

The media is full of the debate about knife crime. The London Evening Standard billboards are proclaiming almost daily about the latest murder and the almost inconceivable statistics about the amount of knife crime and related assaults that are occurring daily, weekly and annually.

Scaling back prosecutions

At the same time the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced – to some criticism – what appears to be a scaling back in prosecutions, looking to more civil (or uncivil) remedies to slow down the fraudster and get everybody’s money back. Is there a sense of less is more?

As for the SFO, there does appear to be a point. If we go after the fraudsters criminally we seem to get sucked into long-running trials that cost a fortune, have zero guarantee of success given the vagaries of the law and the trial process, and result – if we are lucky – in pretty pitiful sentences at the end of it. After that there remains the confiscation and enforcemen...

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