Rod Fletcher practised for more than 30 years in all aspects of white-collar and business crime. He represented both corporate and individual clients under investigation by regulators and prosecutors in many jurisdictions, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. His work often involved assisting clients with internal corporate investigations.
Rod led the team advising ICBC Standard Bank plc in relation to the ground-breaking first-ever deferred prosecution agreement entered into in the United Kingdom. The case was also the first disposal in England of the new corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery under the Bribery Act 2010, and involved a co-ordinated global settlement involving the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The case had no precedent and set the template for DPAs in the United Kingdom.
Rod also acted in the global LIBOR and FX investigations, and had extensive experience in cartel investigations and prosecutions, including appellate proceedings in the Supreme Court. He represented clients in the SFO investigations into Rolls-Royce, GSK and Tesco, and a defendant in the SFO prosecution arising from the raising of capital by Barclays Bank from Qatar in 2008.
He passed away in November 2019, after a period of illness.