In a recent case, Soma Oil unsuccessfully sought to have the Serious Fraud Office's approach to the investigation into its activities judicially reviewed. Specifically, Soma Oil contested the office's continued investigation despite representations being made regarding the effect that this would have.(1) Soma Oil argued that the investigation would lead to its ruin and would not, in any event, reveal criminal conduct.
The case does nothing to diminish the long-held view of criminal practitioners that the High Court seldom intervenes to prevent law enforcement bodies exhaustively pursuing their suspicions of criminal conduct. Nonetheless, Soma Oil appears to have cooperated fully with the investigation.
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