Commentary and Analysis

Comment: Move to charge Barclays shows UK fraud office is ready to fight
Author:Martin Coyle

In Brief

A move to charge Barclays and four former senior executives with fraud shows the UK's white-collar crime agency is willing to take bold steps at a time when it faces political pressure. Barclays was interested in reaching a plea deal with the Serious Fraud Office to avoid criminal charges, it is understood, but the authority chose to fight the company in court.