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Fancy a spot of work with the SFO?

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office is 'completely revising' the panel of outside lawyers it works with on big cases.

It is looking for up to 35 Queen's Counsel and 75 junior counsel for prosecution panels, and up to 10 QCs and 60 junior counsel for proceeds of crime panels.

The panels are pre-selected barristers and solicitors to work with SFO teams on serious and complex fraud cases, including bribery and corruption.

The SFO said for 2013 there will be eight panels -- four each for prosecutions and proceeds of crime cases.

The size of the panels 'will be determined by need.'

'Appointment to any panel cannot be a guarantee that work will be available,' the SFO said, but it intends to give every appointee 'at least a minimum amount of work.'

Applications are due by noon on December 21 and referees forms by 6 pm on January 7.

The SFO said it won't interview candidates 'so the choice of referees is very important. One of the referees has to be a SFO official or a prosecutor from the [Crown Prosecution Service] or other government department.'

'Advocacy is a fundamental part of the role of panel counsel,' the SFO said, 'and we therefore expect a referee to speak in detail of an applicant’s advocacy skills and experience.'

Full information and application forms are available from the Serious Fraud Office here.

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