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Anthony Farries

Anthony Farries

--Anti Fraud and Corruption Expert

Location
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Industry
Legal Services
Current
  1. AFA Associates
Previous
  1. Serious Fraud Office,
  2. OLAF European Commission Anti Fraud Office,
  3. Crown Prosecution Service
Education
  1. College of Law
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AFA Associates

AFA Associates

Owner

– Present

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Background

Summary

A specialist fraud and corruption investigator and criminal litigator with twenty years experience, at the forefront of developments in UK handling of overseas bribery
A lawyer with a depth of knowledge of serious and complex fraud cases, foreign bribery multi jurisdictional enquiries and confiscation procedures
An investigator with a demonstrable ability to master new developments, to manage investigations, to focus and direct them to maintain viability and achieve successful outcomes.
A proven team builder and leader with good skills at an interpersonal level and in problem solving, planning and organization, information handling and analysis

Specialties:Assessment and investigation of international corruption cases and transnational fraud

Experience

Owner

AFA Associates
– Present (3 years)United Kingdom

Deputy Head Anti Corruption

Serious Fraud Office
(1 year 6 months)London, United Kingdom

Responsibility for dealing with new allegations, developing Domain strategy with Head of Domain, intelligence function and external liaison.
• Assessing all reports of transnational bribery verifying allegations and allocating to most appropriate agency for investigation; coordinating and liaising with overseas agencies supervising preliminary investigations of corruption allegations reporting to Director on adoption proposed enquiries and resource issues
• Directing and leading enquiries
• Engaging with legal teams on self disclosures, internal investigations and settlements
• Member of UK delegation to OECD Working Group on Bribery
Presenting the SFO position to legal profession and corporate audiences

Head of Vetting Standards and Overseas Corruption

Serious Fraud Office
(3 years)

Evaluating referrals to the Serious Fraud Office,
Personal responsibility for dealing with most serious and
complex cases, often requiring assimilation of
extensive material against tight deadlines
• Leading team during review of function and processes undertaken as pilot for reform of Office delivering recommendations acceptable to Director within schedule
• Building relationships with UK government officials and senior police officers and with overseas agencies inc Kenya Anti Corruption Commission, KPK Indonesia, DoJ/SEC as member of UK delegation to OECD during two mutual examinations.
• Policy lead for Serious Fraud Office in overseas corruption including advising on legislative drafting for enhanced Section 2 powers and consulting on proposed anti bribery legislation.
• Representing Serious Fraud Office at national level and internationally
Notable cases handled include UN Oil for Food Programme, Anglo Leasing (Kenya), Vodafone (Kenya), PWS (Costa Rica), Kellogg Brown & Root (Nigeria)

Speaking and training - TI/North East Fraud Forum on Corruption 2007; TI/ICE Fraud Forum on Corruption 2007; OECD Convention 10th anniversary Rome Prosecutors Meeting 2007;OLAF Prosecutors Conference on handling of personal data Brussels October 2007; police national fraud training for Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and City of London Police (2005 – 2008) and West Yorkshire Fraud Managers course (2008)

Case Controller

Serious Fraud Office
(1 year)

Directing and leading enquiries in cases of serious or complex fraud;
• Liaising with senior police officers
• Overseeing use of Section 2 Criminal Justice Act 1987 powers .
• Analysing and assessing evidence, settling charges
• Taking over conduct of several long running investigations, refocusing and redirecting to
ensure viability
• Managing large-scale and international searches, including one involving 19 addresses in
three countries, dealing with issues arising from contested seizures of evidence and oversight of recovery of evidence from computers
• Dealing with MLA issues including drafting letters requesting assistance in obtaining evidence or freezing assets
• Training and development of junior staff

UK Magistrat

OLAF European Commission Anti Fraud Office
(2 years)

UK/Common Law member unit of prosecutors dealing with legal advice and follow up

• Advising on law and practice in United Kingdom and other Common Law jurisdictions
including referrals to most appropriate venues and liaison re national proceedings
• Assessing new and ongoing enquiries, unit member of OLAF Executive Board
• Assisting in preparation of investigation plans, participating in enquiries, liaising with national authorities up to ministerial level
• Advising and assisting in MLA matters affecting EU financial interests, facilitating enquiries in UK by European Union countries

Notable cases handled included suspected corruption of an employee of European Agency for Reconstruction/Siemens - Serbia Power Reconstruction, suspected fraud on a TACIS project in Russia, suspected fraud concerning a multi nationally funded conference in South Africa and a European Aid funded road building project in Malawi.

Organiser and chair of first European Union Conference of Fraud Prosecutors November 2003.
Chair of training for prosecutors from accession countries, Malta October 2003

Case Controller

Serious Fraud Office
(6 years 1 month)

Directing and leading enquiries as in 2004-5 and:

• Extensive enquiries in Spain, Gibraltar, Channel Islands, USA and New Zealand,
• Taking over conduct of several long running investigations, refocusing and redirecting to
ensure viability
• Extensive experience of restraint and confiscation including tracing assets, identifying hidden assets in Spain and taking enforcement action, obtaining large confiscation/compensation orders.
• Extraditions from Irish Republic and European Convention countries
• Managing a series of successful multi defendant prosecutions

Notable cases handled included Butte Mining – Stock Market fraud, Boiler room frauds involving investment in malt whisky and champagne, Stephen Hinchliffe - Facia Group companies and corruption of United Mizrahi Bank officers

Team Leader/Crown Prosecutor Fraud Divisions

Crown Prosecution Service
(3 years 9 months)

Acting as Divisional Crown Prosecutor, overseeing delivery of casework on division, supervising junior legal staff, managing support staff and branch budget, contributing to management of Central Casework:

• Personal responsibility for most serious large scale frauds and sensitive casework and that
involving novel areas of law.
• Assisting and advising police fraud investigation teams from inception to trial, settling strategy and agreeing case management plans, advising on law, evidence and tactics from early stages, obtaining production orders and drawing letters requesting international assistance
• Analysing and marshalling evidence, settling charges, overseeing preparation of papers and managing conduct of cases through to trial in Crown Court.
• Drawing standards for use of new procedures by CPS Central Casework, consulting on CPS Manual of guidance; participation in drawing of fraud offences charging standards for police and in Law Commission review of Conspiracy to Defraud
• Training and development of junior lawyers

Senior and Principal Crown Prosecutor

Crown Prosecution Service
(4 years 5 months)

Personal casework duties as between 1992 and 1996

Acting Branch Crown Prosecutor for substantial periods in 1991 and 1992, managing casework conducted by team of lawyers

Notable cases included Operation Trooper with West Midlands Police which required the
management of proceedings involving transfer of 43 Defendants to the

Assistant Solictor

Andw. M Jackson & Co
(4 years 6 months)

Extensive experience of personal injury, contract and criminal (defence and prosecution) litigation

Skills

  • Investigation
  • Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Law
  • Anti-corruption
  • Enforcement
  • Fraud
  • Corporate Governance
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Private Investigations
  • White Collar Criminal...
  • Internal Investigations
  • FCPA
  • Asset Tracing
  • Litigation
  • Evidence
  • Criminal Justice
  • Prosecution
  • Courts
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Policy
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Anti-fraud
  • Legal Advice
  • UK Bribery Act
  • Litigation Support
  • Trials
  • Police
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Risk Assessment
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Education

College of Law

Law - Solictors Final Exams

Hull University

LLB 2:1, Law

The Portsmouth Grammar School

O Aand S levels

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