This month Robert Wardle succeeds Rosalind Wright as the director of the Serious Fraud Office. His appointment comes at a time when corporate crime is high on the public agenda. Here he speaks to Legal Director about his plans and why he does not expect an easy ride
A brief history Trained as a solicitor. After articles and a spell in private practice he worked as a prosecuting solicitor and then for the Crown Prosecution Service.1988 – Joined the Serious Fraud Office on its foundation. Worked as a case controller 1992-96 – Appointed assistant director 1996-2000 – Head of the policy division with responsibility for liaison with Whitehall, regulators, legal professions and the police and for dealing with all policy matters including proposed legislation.October 2000 - moved to an operational division, with overall responsibility for about 30 cases and for vetting cases referred to the SFO.
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