In April, Lisa Osofsky, Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), announced plans to introduce a US-style informant scheme in the UK, sparking fervent debate over the use of undercover sources in white-collar crime investigations. Although Osofsky has since downplayed the proposals, informants could help the agency to overcome intensifying pressure to increase its success rate and speed up its investigations. Read more – Page 22 .