Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • February 28, 2024

    Fieldfisher Hires New ESG Chief From BCLP

    Fieldfisher LLP has recruited a former general counsel at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP to lead its environmental, social and governance function as the law firm continues building its credentials in sustainability.

  • February 28, 2024

    Insurer To Pay £15K To End Abuse Payout Row With Ex-Vicar

    The Church of England's main insurer has agreed to pay £15,000 ($18,950) in a settlement to resolve a dispute over a former vicar's liability for money the insurer paid to settle victims' claims after he was convicted of child abuse.

  • February 28, 2024

    IPO Launches Campaign To Fight Risky Fake Cosmetics

    The Intellectual Property Office said Wednesday it wants to crack down on demand for fake beauty and hygiene products with a campaign designed to educate consumers called "Choose Safe Not Fake," following research that buyers were unaware of the health risks they posed.

  • February 28, 2024

    Post Office Confirms Investigation Into Own CEO

    The U.K. Post Office has confirmed that its chief executive is facing an investigation after the former chair alleged that the CEO had considered resigning amid the probe and the ongoing scandal over the wrongful convictions of subpostmasters.

  • February 28, 2024

    Bogus Insurance Claim Lawyer Seeks To Overturn Striking Off

    A solicitor who made a false insurance claim over a road traffic accident urged a court on Wednesday to restore him to the profession, saying that a tribunal did not consider the "exceptional circumstances" of the case.

  • February 28, 2024

    Sanctions Ruling Affords Gov't Leeway In Foreign Affairs

    The failed attempt by two wealthy businessmen to overturn U.K. sanctions on appeal has underscored the court's limited role in questioning matters of foreign policy, even though the judiciary has carved out a larger role in weighing the proportionality of individual sanctions, lawyers say.

  • February 28, 2024

    Director Banned Over Unlawful £57M Investment Scheme

    The man behind an unlawful care home funding scheme that lost investors more than £57 million ($72 million) has been banned from being a company director for 14 years, according to the U.K.'s Insolvency Service.

  • February 28, 2024

    FRC Plans To Review Code For Asset Managers

    Britain's accounting watchdog announced it will carry out a fundamental review of the Stewardship Code and revise its rules for investors where necessary to help promote U.K. competitiveness.

  • February 28, 2024

    Adviser SJP Sets Aside £426M For Potential Client Refunds

    One of the U.K.'s largest wealth managers said Wednesday that it has set aside £426 million ($540 million) for potential refunds to clients that have complained they did not receive financial advice they paid for.

  • February 27, 2024

    NDAs Being Used To Conceal Illegal Conduct, Law Body Says

    The Legal Services Board said Wednesday that it has found evidence that lawyers are using non-disclosure agreements to cover up their clients' illegal practices as it considers tightening rules to protect workers and consumers.

  • February 27, 2024

    HMRC Customer Service At All-Time Low, Report Finds

    The U.K. tax authority has reached an all-time low level of customer service due to the rising demands from taxpayers and the growing complexity of tax problems, according to a parliamentary report published Wednesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    EX-NMC Health Group CFO Denies Knowledge Of $4.7B Fraud

    The former chief financial officer of collapsed United Arab Emirates healthcare group NMC has denied he was involved in a $4.7 billion fraud that administrators allege saw cash siphoned off from the firm for himself and its founder, claiming it was concealed from him.

  • February 27, 2024

    Struck-Off Lawyer Claims Mental Incapacity In Prison Appeal

    A struck-off solicitor on Tuesday challenged her one-year prison sentence for failing to hand over documents to a legal watchdog's investigation, telling an appellate court that proceedings should have been halted after concerns were raised about her mental capacity.

  • February 27, 2024

    Dyson Looks Responsible For Labor Abuses In TV Clip

    A London judge ruled Tuesday that viewers of a TV news broadcast that investigated conditions in Malaysian factories manufacturing Dyson products would think that the company had some responsibility for human rights abuses, in a decision on meaning in a long-running defamation case.

  • February 27, 2024

    Truckmaker DAF Can't Overturn £15M Price Fixing Judgment

    A London appeals court on Tuesday rejected DAF's attempt to overturn a £15.2 million ($19.3 million) judgment against the Dutch truckmaker for overcharging BT and Royal Mail, because the British companies suffered significant loss as the result of a price-fixing cartel.

  • February 27, 2024

    Financial Ombudsman Braced For APP Fraud Claims

    Britain's financial dispute-resolution body told a cross-party group of members of Parliament on Tuesday it is braced for an avalanche of extra claims later this year when banks must recompense victims duped into transferring money to fraudsters.

  • February 27, 2024

    FCA To Start Naming Finance Firms Under Investigation

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Tuesday that it plans to publicly name the firms it probes and publish information about its investigations at an earlier stage to increase the deterrent effect of its enforcement actions.

  • February 27, 2024

    Abramovich Ally Loses Test Appeal To Upend UK Sanctions

    A billionaire with ties to Roman Abramovich lost his attempt on Tuesday to overturn sanctions imposed on him following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in the first substantive appeal to challenge the U.K. government's sanctions regime since the war began.

  • February 26, 2024

    Consumers Face Big Setback In £10B Mastercard Class Action

    Britain's antitrust court dealt a blow to consumers Monday in a £10 billion ($12.68 billion) class action over Mastercard's fees by ruling that the credit card titan's European interchange fees didn't influence its domestic rate in the United Kingdom.

  • February 26, 2024

    Woman Denies Lying To Citibank To Launder Stolen Bitcoin

    A British-Chinese woman accused of laundering bitcoin converted from a £5 billion ($6.32 billion) investment fraud denied Monday knowingly giving Citibank false information about her transactions, saying at her London trial that at the time she thought she was being truthful.

  • February 26, 2024

    1 Pilot For Billionaire Cops Plea, But 2nd Says He's Innocent

    A pilot employed by British billionaire Joe Lewis pled guilty in Manhattan federal court Monday to insider trading, while counsel for a second Lewis pilot charged with profiting from illegal stock tips said his client is innocent and preparing for trial.

  • February 26, 2024

    Solicitor Who Lied To Cover Up Negligence Struck Off

    A solicitor at a subsidiary of Irwin Mitchell who lied to cover up her negligent handling of a client's cases has been struck off by a tribunal.

  • February 26, 2024

    Dental Software Biz Bites Back In Infringement, Fraud Claim

    A dental software company has hit back against allegations of copyright infringement from a rival, saying the other business is seeking to intimidate it and only wants to cause commercial damage to a competitor.

  • February 26, 2024

    10 Years And £1.6B Later, DPAs Are Only A Qualified Success

    Corporate plea deals promised to transform the prosecution of bribery and corruption in Britain — but, a decade after the agreements were introduced, the jury is still out on whether they have lived up to the billing.

  • February 26, 2024

    Housebuilders Face Antitrust Probe Over Information-Sharing

    The Competition and Markets Authority said Monday it has launched an investigation into eight housebuilders over suspicions that they might be sharing commercially sensitive information with their competitors that could influence the development and pricing of new homes.

Expert Analysis

  • Why EU Ruling On Beneficial Ownership May Affect The UK

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    Following the EU judgment in Sovim v. Luxembourg that public access to beneficial ownership information conflicts with data protection rights, several British overseas territories and dependencies have recently reversed their commitment to introduce unrestricted access, and challenges to the U.K.’s liberal stance may be on the cards, says Rupert Cullen at Allectus Law.

  • UK Gov't Response Clarifies AI Regulation Approach

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    Although the U.K. government’s recent response to its artificial intelligence consultation is a clear signal of its continuing pro-innovation approach to AI regulation, high-level systems are likely to be the focus of scrutiny and organizations may consider reviewing measures they have implemented to help identify risks, say Christopher Foo and Edward Machin at Ropes & Gray.

  • Key Changes In FRC Code Aim To Promote Good Governance

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    The focus of the recently published Financial Reporting Council Corporate Governance Code on risk management and internal controls is to ensure the competitiveness of the U.K. listing regime while not compromising on governance standards, and issuers may wish to consider updating their policies in order to follow best practice, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • Ruling In FCA Case Offers Tips On Flexible Work Requests

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    In Wilson v. Financial Conduct Authority, the Employment Tribunal recently found that the regulator's rejection of a remote work request was justified, highlighting for employers factors that affect flexible work request outcomes, while emphasizing that individual inquiries should be considered on the specific facts, say Frances Rollin, Ella Tunnell and Kerry Garcia at Stevens & Bolton.

  • EU Vote Delay Puts Course Of Sustainability Directive In Doubt

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    With time to adopt the proposed EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive during this Parliamentary term running out, and with upcoming elections threatening political uncertainty, the degree of compromise that may be needed to secure a "yes" vote now could undermine the shift the legislation seeks to achieve, say lawyers at Simpson Thacher.

  • Full EU Import Border Controls Pose Hurdles For UK Cos.

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    The U.K.’s long-anticipated introduction of full border controls on imports of goods from the EU, due to complete by the end of 2024, brings the system broadly into line with goods imported from the rest of the world, but may result in delays, increased costs and disruption as businesses adapt, say Ben Chivers and Jonathan Rush at Travers Smith.

  • Cos. Should Review Cookie Compliance After ICO Warnings

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    The Information Commissioner's Office recently restated its intention to take enforcement action on the unlawful use of nonessential cookies, and with the additional threat of public exposure and reputational damage, organizations should review their policies and banners to ensure they comply with data protection legislation, says Murron Marr at Shepherd & Wedderburn.

  • New Fraud Prevention Offense May Not Make Much Difference

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    By targeting only large organizations, the Economic Crime Act's new failure to prevent fraud offense is striking in that, despite its breadth, it will affect so few companies, and is therefore unlikely to help ordinary victims, says Andrew Smith at Corker Binning.

  • Mitigating And Managing Risks Of AI Use In Private Equity

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    While generative artificial intelligence has the ability to transform private equity firms and their portfolio companies, its deployment brings inherent risks, including those presented by the forthcoming EU AI Act, requiring appropriate risk management strategies, processes and policies to be adopted, says Barry Fishley at Weil.

  • Vodafone Decision Highlights Wide Scope Of UK's FDI Rules

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    The U.K. government’s recently imposed conditions required for its approval of Vodafone and Etisalat’s strategic relationship agreement under its National Security and Investment Act jurisdiction, illustrating the significance of the act as an important factor for transactions with a U.K. link, says Matthew Hall at McGuireWoods.

  • Decoding UK Case Law On Anti-Suit Injunctions

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    The English High Court's forthcoming decision on an anti-suit injunction filed in Augusta Energy v. Top Oil last month will provide useful guidance on application grounds for practitioners, but, pending that ruling, other recent decisions offer key considerations when making or resisting claims when there is an exclusive jurisdiction clause in the contract, says Abigail Healey at Quillon Law.

  • Consultation Docs Can Help EU Firms Prep For Crypto Regs

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    Firms providing crypto services should note two recent papers from the European Securities and Markets Authority defining proposals on reverse solicitation and financial instrument classification that will be critical to clarifying the scope of the regulatory framework under the impending Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation, say lawyers at Hogan Lovells.

  • A Closer Look At Novel Jury Instruction In Forex Rigging Case

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    After the recent commodities fraud conviction of a U.K.-based hedge fund executive in U.S. v. Phillips, post-trial briefing has focused on whether the New York federal court’s jury instruction incorrectly defined the requisite level of intent, which should inform defense counsel in future open market manipulation cases, say attorneys at Lankler Siffert.

  • Investors' Call For Voting Changes Faces Practical Challenges

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    A recent investor coalition call on fund managers to offer pass-through voting on pooled funds highlights a renewed concern for clients’ interests, but legal, regulatory and technological issues need to be overcome to ensure that risks related to the product are effectively mitigated, says Angeli Arora at Allectus.

  • Litigation Funding Implications Amid Post-PACCAR Disputes

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    An English tribunal's recent decision in Neill v. Sony, allowing an appeal on the enforceability of a litigation funding agreement, highlights how the legislative developments on funding limits following the U.K. Supreme Court's 2023 decision in Paccar v. Competition Appeal Tribunal may affect practitioners, say Andrew Leitch and Anoma Rekhi at BCLP.

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