Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • May 24, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Blames Scandal On Bad Legal Advice

    Paula Vennells blamed the advice of her senior lawyers for not becoming aware of the wrongful prosecutions by the Post Office of innocent people based on faulty IT data, as she gave evidence to the inquiry into the scandal Friday.

  • May 24, 2024

    PE Firm, Pharma Cos. Overturn £31M Drug Price-Fixing Fines

    Private equity group Cinven and three pharmaceutical companies have successfully overturned a decision by the U.K. antitrust regulator to fine them £31 million ($39 million) for allegedly fixing the price of drugs sold to the National Health Service.

  • May 24, 2024

    Woman Imprisoned For Laundering From $5B Bitcoin Fraud

    A British-Chinese woman was imprisoned for more than six years on Friday at a London court for laundering bitcoin converted from an alleged £5 billion ($6.3 billion) investment fraud.

  • May 24, 2024

    Plans To Cut Crown Court Backlog 'Can't Be Achieved'

    Proposals to cut the Crown Court backlog to 53,000 cases by March 2025 are no longer attainable as the number has ballooned to the highest level ever recorded, a damning report by the public sector spending watchdog revealed on Friday.

  • May 23, 2024

    EU Fines Mondelez €338M For Curbing Snack Competition

    The European Commission on Thursday fined U.S.-headquartered multinational snack company Mondelez International Inc. €337.5 million ($365.74 million) for entering into anticompetitive trade agreements with resellers and abusing its position as a chocolate giant to maintain high prices.

  • May 23, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Told Reviewing Cases Would Be Bad PR

    Former Post Office boss Paula Vennells denied that avoiding becoming "front page news" influenced her decision to limit a review of past convictions based on faulty IT data in her evidence to the inquiry into the Post Office scandal on Thursday.

  • May 23, 2024

    Insurer Warns Of Surge In 'Crash For Cash' Fraud

    Insurer Allianz UK has urged motorists to watch out for dangerous scams, as it warned of a 6,250% rise in 2023 of "crashes" involving motorbikes and scooters.

  • May 23, 2024

    Investec Sets Aside £30M For FCA Motor Finance Review

    Investec PLC has put aside £30 million ($38 million) as the banking group faces the Financial Conduct Authority's industry-wide motor finance review, according to the company's report for financial year 2024 published Thursday.

  • May 23, 2024

    Trader Denies Using 'Magic Money Tree' At £1.4B Fraud Trial

    Sanjay Shah, a former hedge fund owner who is accused of defrauding Denmark's tax authority out of £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion), denied using a "magic money tree" in his trading at a London court Thursday.

  • May 23, 2024

    Struck-Off Lawyer Loses Bid To Challenge Contempt Sentence

    A struck-off solicitor lost her attempt on Thursday to get a second shot at reviving her appeal against a prison sentence for contempt of court as the appeals court found that she had failed to argue that she had been medically unfit to argue at her first appeal.

  • May 23, 2024

    Tech Resilience Regime Ambiguous, European Banks Say

    A trade body representing banks in Europe warned on Thursday that new regulations requiring finance firms to prevent risks arising from cyberattack or systems failure are ambiguous and could create differing approaches to compliance.

  • May 23, 2024

    FCA Fines HSBC £6.2M For Mistreating Customers In Arrears

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Thursday that it has fined HSBC £6.2 million ($7.9 million) for inadequate treatment of customers in financial difficulty. 

  • May 23, 2024

    Tory Donor Charged In UK With Bribing Foreign Official

    An entrepreneur and political donor appeared at a London court on Thursday charged with bribing a public official in the Caribbean to secure contracts for his solar power company, the National Crime Agency said. 

  • May 23, 2024

    UK Antitrust Watchdog To Investigate Veterinary Market

    The antitrust regulator said on Thursday it had launched a full investigation into the veterinary sector, after it had provisionally raised concerns about poor competition in pricing and access to medicine for pets.

  • May 22, 2024

    Assange Appeal May Put US Constitution In UK Crosshairs

    Julian Assange's latest appeal, in which he claims he would be denied free speech protection if he is put on trial in the U.S., could break new ground in extradition cases and end up having to be decided by Britain's highest court, legal experts say.

  • May 22, 2024

    Property Transfer For Tax Break Not Dishonest, UK Court Says

    Two liquidated London real estate companies failed to convince the United Kingdom Court of Appeal that their former director behaved dishonestly by transferring their holdings to Jersey trusts for less than market value to obtain a tax advantage, according to a judgment released Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2024

    DLA Piper Beefs Up White Collar Bench With Former SFO Atty

    After leaving her government post in March, one of the most senior officials at the U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office, Judy Krieg, has found a home at DLA Piper LLP as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2024

    Solicitor Fails To Nix Fake-Employee Fraud Conviction

    A solicitor on Wednesday lost her bid to overturn her conviction for pocketing the salary of a fake employee, with a London appellate court ruling her conviction was not unsafe after the solicitor's counsel had argued the trial judge failed warn the jury a witness' evidence should be handled cautiously.

  • May 22, 2024

    Ex-Goldman Banker Gets Contempt Sentence Suspended

    A London appellate court on Wednesday chose "the road of mercy rather than justice" and suspended a prison sentence for a former Goldman Sachs banker who breached court orders to hand over information concerning the financial assets of the wife of an imprisoned Turkish politician.

  • May 22, 2024

    Hilco Exec Wins £296K After Being Sacked For Whistleblowing

    A tribunal has awarded a former Hilco Capital Ltd. HR director almost £296,000 ($377,000) in compensation after she was unfairly sacked for blowing the whistle over alleged banking irregularities.

  • May 22, 2024

    UK Gov't Calls Elections For July 4 Despite Poor Polls

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday called an early general election to be held on July 4, advancing the electoral timetable even though his Conservative Party lags decisively behind the opposition Labour Party.

  • May 22, 2024

    City Group Warns Financial Fraud Still Major Problem

    A City trade body for financial institutions said Tuesday that payment fraud remains a major problem, with criminals stealing more than £1 billion ($1.27 billion) in 2023, shifting into growth areas such as mobile banking.

  • May 22, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Boss Didn't Know Business Prosecuted People

    Former Post Office boss Paula Vennells denied on Wednesday that she knew the organization conducted its own prosecutions, telling the inquiry into its wrongful prosecution of innocent sub-postmasters she became aware of the power to prosecute only several years after she joined.

  • May 22, 2024

    Swiss Gov't Adopts Proposals For Tougher AML Laws

    Switzerland on Wednesday approved a new anti-money laundering framework that will introduce a register in which companies and other legal entities in the country will have to disclose information on their beneficial owners in a major shift in its anti-money laundering rules.

  • May 22, 2024

    Chinese Woman Faces Oct. Criminal Crypto Possession Trial

    A Chinese woman and her alleged accomplice are scheduled to stand trial in London in October, charged with criminal possession and transfer of cryptocurrency, a judge said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • AI Tools Could Enhance UK Gov't Public Services Strategy

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    The government’s recently announced intention to pilot artificial intelligence tools in routine policy work is part of a wider strategy to revolutionize the delivery of public services, and could improve productivity and create efficiencies, provided it is mindful of the potential risks involved, say attorneys at Akin.

  • Taking Stock Of The Latest Criminal Court Case Statistics

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    The latest quarterly statistics on the type and volume of cases processed through the criminal court illustrate the severity of the case backlog, highlighting the need for urgent and effective investment in the system, say Ernest Aduwa and Jessica Sarwat at Stokoe Partnership.

  • ICO Data Protection Guidance Offers Clarity On Fining Powers

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    New guidance from the Information Commissioners' Office is designed to offer transparency about its fining powers, and, combined with the office's wide-ranging enforcement authority, clearly intends to ensure breaching companies concentrate on the external harm they cause and not only internal changes, say Robert Allen and Amelia Handoll-Clark at Simmons & Simmons.

  • Hugh Grant Case Raises Questions About Part 36 Offers

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    Actor Hugh Grant's recent decision to settle his privacy suit by accepting a so-called Part 36 offer from News Group — to avoid paying a larger sum in legal costs by proceeding to trial — illustrates how this legal mechanism can be used by parties to force settlements, raising questions about its tactical use and fairness, says Colin Campbell at Kain Knight.

  • Investment Security Act Fine-Tune May Help Businesses

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    Although the government’s recent response to feedback on the National Security and Investment Act regime makes it clear that its approach is one of fine-tuning and substantial reforms will have to wait, there is still room to ease the burden on businesses by issuing guidance and refining the terms of mandatory area definitions, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • How New FCA Rules Strengthen Borrower Protections

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    The Financial Conduct Authority’s recently published final rules, aimed at strengthening protections for borrowers in financial difficulty by regularizing good practices across the industry, put its previous guidance on a permanent footing and send a clear message to firms that this issue remains a regulatory priority, say James Black, Julie Patient and Mark Aengenheister at Hogan Lovells.

  • How Cos. Can Prepare For EU's Forced Labor Regulation

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    Before a new European Union regulation takes effect banning products made with forced labor from the internal market, economic operators will need to get their supply chain compliance functions ready, familiarizing themselves with international standards and case law, say Vassilis Akritidis and Jean-Baptiste Blancardi at Crowell & Moring.

  • Opinion

    New Property Category Not Needed To Regulate Digital Assets

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    The U.K. Law Commission's exploration of whether to create a third category of property for digital assets is derived from a misreading of historical case law, and would not be helpful in resolving any questions surrounding digital assets, says Duncan Sheehan at the University of Leeds.

  • FTSE Draft Rules Show Impact Of FCA Listing Reforms

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    FTSE Russell’s recently published provisional rule changes represent a much-awaited indication of its response to the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s proposed listing reforms, providing a level of certainty that will assist issuers and advisers in preparing for the implementation of the regime, say lawyers at Davis Polk.

  • FCA Strikes A Balance With 'Finfluencer' Guidance

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    With financial firms leveraging social media to engage with a broader audience, the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent "finfluencer" guidance signals a recognition of the imperative to adapt regulatory frameworks while maintaining a firm commitment to consumer protection, say David Allinson and Damien O'Malley at RPC.

  • Pharma Remains A Key Focus Of EU Antitrust Enforcement

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    The recently published European Commission report on pharmaceutical sector competition law illustrates that effective enforcement of EU rules remains a matter of high priority for EU and national authorities, say lawyers at Dechert.

  • Dissecting Recent Developments Against The Misuse Of NDAs

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    The U.K. government's recent plans to nullify nondisclosure agreements that prevent victims from reporting crimes should remind lawyers to proactively consider the necessity of such agreements, especially in light of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's warning notice on drafting improper NDAs, say Clare Davis and Macaela Joyes at RPC.

  • What UK Energy Charter Treaty Exit Would Mean For Investors

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    While the U.K.'s recent announcement that it intends to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty is a bold political signal, investor protections will remain in place for a significant period of time, ensuring that an element of certainty and business continuity will remain, say Karel Daele and Jessica Thomas at Taylor Wessing.

  • Assessing The FCA Data Study's Response To User Concerns

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    The Financial Conduct Authority’s recently published report on the supply of wholesale financial data differs from others in its exceptional breadth and analysis of an enormous volume of information, but in its reluctance to address market power or pricing directly, the regulator’s approach is still cautious, say Emma Radcliffe and Greg Dowell at Macfarlanes.

  • Uber Payout Offers Employer Lessons On Mitigating Bias

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    Uber Eats' recent payout to a driver over allegations that the company's facial recognition software was discriminatory sheds light on bias in AI, and offers guidance for employers on how to avoid harming employees through the use of such technology, says Rachel Rigg at Fieldfisher.

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