Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • May 24, 2024

    The UK Laws That Will Pass Or Fail As Election Looms

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's decision to call an early general election to be held on July 4 has left several pieces of legislation hanging in the balance during the so-called "wash-up" period before Parliament is formally dissolved, while others have been pushed through. 

  • May 24, 2024

    UK's 2nd CPO Settlement Points To More Scrutiny On Payouts

    Britain's competition tribunal scrutinized how the U.K.'s second-ever class action settlement will be handed out to rail passengers before approving the deal, shedding light on what information it will expect to see before signing off on future settlements.

  • May 24, 2024

    Labour Gov't Could Force Big Tech Into Fraud Repayments

    A potential new Labour government means a turning point in tackling financial fraud if it should force big tech companies like Meta and Google to join banks in having to reimburse customers duped into sending fraudsters money, according to lawyers.

  • May 24, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 24, 2024

    Banking 'Selfie' Fraudster Gets 3 Years In Prison

    A fraudster was handed a three-year prison sentence for making fake applications to obtain loans and pensions potentially losing banks around £178,000 ($227,000), the Crown Prosecution Service announced Friday.

  • May 24, 2024

    FCA Bans Two Advisers Accused Of Misleading Clients

    The Financial Conduct Authority has banned two advisers from working in financial services for "recklessly" exposing pension holders to high-risk investments, the regulator said Friday.

  • 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

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Sanctions Ruling Opens Door For Enforcer To Clear Up Rules

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    In Vneshprombank v. Bedzhamov, the High Court recently argued against a broader interpretation of the test on reasonable suspicion for asset freezes, offering the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation an opportunity to clarify when freezes should be applied and respond to judicial criticism of its guidance on financial sanctions, says Tasha Benkhadra at Corker Binning.

  • How Gov't Response Addresses Investment Act Concerns

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    The government’s recently published response to a call for evidence on the National Security and Investment Act is largely appropriate to stakeholder concerns raised and demonstrates in its five areas of focus that it is willing to respond to live issues, say lawyers at Watson Farley.

  • New Legislation May Jeopardize The Future Of Data Protection

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    While U.K. officials argue that the recently enacted Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Act seeks to enhance national security and the pending Data Protection and Digital Information Bill aims to modernize data protection regulations, both give rise to concerns about achieving a balance between security needs and individual liberties, says Maria Moloney at PrivacyEngine.

  • 'Debanking' Complaints Highlight Need For Flexibility In AML

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    The House of Commons' Treasury Committee's concerns about bank account closures have highlighted certain counterproductive features of anti-money laundering laws, and the review offers the opportunity for a more flexible approach, says John Binns at BCL Solicitors.

  • Mitigating Incarceration's Impacts On Foreign Nationals

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    Sentencing arguments that highlighted the disparate impact incarceration would have on a British national recently sentenced for insider training by a New York district court, when compared to similarly situated U.S. citizens, provide an example of the advocacy needed to avoid or mitigate problems unique to noncitizen defendants, say attorneys at Lankler Siffert.

  • How Sustainability Directive Will Contribute to EU Regulation

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    The EU Sustainability Directive, in potentially enhancing certain obligations and setting a new benchmark for environmental and human rights due diligence practices, is a significant piece of legislation that will likely support the broader legal framework of other laws in a developing legal puzzle, say Rebecca Chin and Silke Goldberg at HSF.

  • Experian Ruling Helps Cos. Navigate GDPR Transparency

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    In Information Commissioner v. Experian, the Upper Tribunal recently reaffirmed the lawfulness of the company's marketing practices, providing guidance that will assist organizations in complying with the GDPR’s transparency obligations, say lawyers at Jenner & Block.

  • Clarity Is Central Theme In FCA's Greenwashing Guidance

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    Recent Financial Conduct Authority guidance for complying with the U.K. regulator's anti-greenwashing rule sends an overarching message that sustainability claims must be clear, accurate and capable of being substantiated, say lawyers at Cadwalader.

  • What The EU Sustainability Directive Will Mean For Companies

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    The European Parliament’s recent approval of the landmark Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive provides welcome clarity for small and midsize enterprises regarding human rights and environmental due diligence expectations, forming part of a growing pressure on companies around the world to operate ethically and sustainably, say lawyers at Jenner & Block.

  • What Can Be Learned From CMA's Green Claims Investigation

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    The Competition and Markets Authority's recent investigation into retailers' allegedly misleading environmental claims demonstrates that all consumer-facing businesses must exercise caution and ensure their green credentials are genuine, say Charlotte Kong and Stephen Sidkin at Fox Williams.

  • The Art Of Corporate Apologies: Crafting An Effective Strategy

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    Public relations challenges often stop companies from apologizing amid alleged wrongdoing, but a recent U.K. government consultation seeks to make this easier, highlighting the importance of corporate apologies and measures to help companies balance the benefits against the potential legal ramifications, says Dina Hudson at Byfield Consultancy.

  • 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.

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