White-collar crime

White-collar crime has never been such a big issue. The recent establishment of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) – sometimes described as the UK’s answer to the FBI – means that the authorities have a powerful new weapon to target white-collar criminals and the profits made through organised crime.

But can Soca succeed? The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) also has considerable crime-fighting powers, but has suffered a series of embarrassing and high-profile setbacks. In this White-Collar Crime Special Report The Lawyer examines the most recent – the collapse of the TransTec case.

Investigators into white-collar crime now have more tools at their disposal. Electronic evidence, which was an important part of the recent Enron trial in the US, can be a useful weapon. The problem is how to deal with it; and this week we look at the best strategies for attacking a computer packed with evidence.