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Understanding Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and the investigative opportunities they present, 22 May 2024

Latest in our series of financial investigation best practice CPD


  • Workshop provides an operational overview of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and the role they play in identifying potential criminal activity relating to money laundering and other financial crimes.


  • Looks at the benefits and opportunities of SARs as well as challenges and pitfalls.


  • Explores contemporary best practice around how to read and interpret Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and recognise the investigative opportunities that can be gleaned from them.


  • Equips investigators with all the effective tools and techniques to spot any red flags or potential information that could help identify potential crime and then provide a plan of action around how to plan an investigation


  • Looks at the importance of knowing what to look for in SARs and also interpret what’s missing from SARs as well as establishing the parameters of any potential investigation to ensure your activity is focussed and manageable.


  • There will also be best practice around international contacts and organisations that will help further any potential investigations.


  • Held online via Teams. Certificates of CPD available.


The Investigator is hosting the latest in our series of financial investigation CPD workshops. It provides contemporary best practice aimed at investigators who are working in a financial investigation role or who want to develop and enhance their understanding of financial investigations.

We’ll be providing an operational overview of all the contemporary best practice, issues and challenges around Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).

It aims to develop and enhance your understanding of the role of SARs and the investigative opportunities that can be gleaned from SARs.

The workshop will also enhance and develop your confidence around making maximum investigative potential of SARs as well as then establishing effective parameters around any investigation to ensure it remains focussed.

Our speaker

The day will be led by Simon Baker, one of the UK’s most experience financial investigators who has a wealth of experience in financial investigations.

Simon has previously worked for the UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) at the National Crime Agency. He has also worked in financial investigations for the Met, Sussex Police, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Turks and Cacos Integrity Commission, Royal Cayman Islands Police and States of Guernsey Economic and Financial Crime Bureau as well as the Home Office Immigration Crime Directorate and the Electoral Commission.

Simon has worked both nationally and internationally on many key high profile financial investigations and projects and has also delivered training to investigators across the world.

Simon is keen to inform and inspire the next generation of financial investigators to ensure they feel properly prepared to carry out their roles in an increasingly complex area.


Cost: £215.99 + VAT (GBP) per delegate (LEA and Government Agency rate).  £295 + VAT (Industry rate). 

Booking: Please send the delegates name(s), email address(es) and purchase order (made out to The Investigator) to or telephone +44(0)844 660 8707 for further information. 

Payment can be made by PayPal/debit/credit card (corporate card fees apply + 3%). ​The meeting link will be sent out 7 days before the event.

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