SFO - v - G4S (2020). Crispin Aylett QC instructed by the SFO.

The SFO received approval in principle for the DPA with G4S Care and Justice Services (UK) Ltd on Tuesday 14th July.

Crispin Aylett has been instructed by the SFO to lead the investigation and subsequent DPA negotiations. 

The SFO has received approval in principle to enter into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with G4S Care and Justice Services (UK) Ltd (G4S C&J), a wholly-owned subsidiary of G4S Plc.

On Friday 17 July, the SFO will apply for final approval of the DPA before Mr Justice William Davis.  If approved, the DPA will result in a payment by G4S C&J of £38.5m and payment of the SFO’s full costs.  Compensation to the victim of the conduct, the UK Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has already been paid by G4S C&J as part of a £121.3m civil settlement in 2014.

The prospective DPA will conclude the SFO’s investigation into G4S C&J in relation to this conduct.  The investigation remains open in respect of individuals and Crispin continues to head the team. 

Adrian Darbishire QC and Mark Aldred are instructed by Jo Dimmock of White & Case to represent the former Finance Manager and Acting Commercial Director.  Rachna Gokani is instructed by Ross Dixon of Hickman & Rose to represent the former Managing Director.

Mark Ellison QC, instructed by Stephen Pollard of WilmerHale, and Sean Larkin QC, instructed by Jessica Parker of Corker Binning, represented individuals pre-charge.  Neither client was charged.

The story has been reported in the press here.

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