13 October 2016

Application to terminate SFO investigation

Application to terminate SFO investigation

The High Court (Gross LJ and Andrews J) yesterday handed down judgment in R (ota┬áSoma Oil & Gas) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office. The case concerned an application for a mandatory order to terminate the SFO’s investigation into certain activities of Soma Oil & Gas and raised issues under Article 8, the EU Directive on a suspect’s right to information in criminal proceedings, and the circumstances in which a court may order the termination of a criminal investigation.

David Perry QC and Katherine Hardcastle appeared for Soma Oil & Gas. Sasha Wass QC and Adam Payter appeared for the SFO.