Financial CrimeCast: Sarah Pritchard

Published on 19 February 2021

Welcome to Financial CrimeCast. In this series, the Centre for Legal Leadership, supported by RPC, talks to leaders in the field of financial crime, compliance and ethics. Guests discuss their career journey, what they have learnt along the way and the financial crime issues they see on the horizon.

In this episode, Sam Tate, Head of White Collar Crime and Compliance at RPC, is joined by Sarah Pritchard, Director of the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC). The NECC was created to bring together law enforcement, regulators, prosecutors and the private sector to deliver a step change in the UK’s response to economic crime.

Sarah's diversified career has included investigations, legal and operational roles in both the private and public sector, giving her a truly holistic view of financial crime. Sarah talks about how she came to work in the field of financial crime, why you shouldn't fear being pigeonholed and the transferable skills of a trained lawyer.

This episode also covers how, as the pandemic unfolds, criminals are continuing to adapt to take advantage of new opportunities for fraudulent behaviour. Sam and Sarah discuss how education, better use of data and technology, and greater collaboration between the private and public sector can keep us a step ahead.


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