Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • May 10, 2024

    FCA Warns Firms Of Market Abuse Surveillance Failings

    The Financial Conduct Authority has warned in its latest market watch newsletter that some companies have inadequate or faulty systems to detect market abuse, with insufficient governance arrangements.

  • May 10, 2024

    MPs Mull Using Frozen Russian Assets For Ukraine Recovery

    Politicians are to probe leading experts, including the head of financial crime and compliance at Lloyd's of London, on whether the U.K. should follow the European Union and use profits from Russia's frozen assets to help Ukraine, as they examine the sanctions regime.

  • May 09, 2024

    Ex-Goldman Banker Fights To Overturn Contempt Ruling

    A former Goldman Sachs banker urged a London appellate court panel Thursday to overturn a ruling that he had breached court orders to hand over information about the financial assets of the wife of an imprisoned Turkish politician. 

  • May 09, 2024

    Royal Bank Of Canada Beats Analyst's Bullying Claim

    The Royal Bank of Canada convinced an employment tribunal to toss discrimination claims from a former employee because he filed his action too late.

  • May 09, 2024

    Google Fights To Shut Down Advertising Antitrust Case

    Tech giant Google asked a London tribunal on Thursday to strike out a proposed class action brought on behalf of website publishers who run advertisements over alleged anti-competitive practices, arguing the claim is not properly pleaded and does not sufficiently set out damages.

  • May 09, 2024

    Ex-Goldman Banker Fights US Extradition On Bribery Charges

    A former Goldman Sachs banker wanted in the U.S. for allegedly bribing Ghanaian officials fought the decision by the U.K. to extradite him on Thursday, arguing that the alleged offense took place in London when he was an employee of the investment bank. 

  • May 09, 2024

    Watchdog Preps Rules For Banks To Repay High-Value Fraud

    The payments watchdog has set out plans to extend its fraud reimbursement scheme to high-value bank transfers through the CHAPS system, reducing the risk that fraudsters will move there to avoid detection.

  • May 08, 2024

    SFO Says Fuel Trader Pocketed Secret Commissions

    A former biodiesel trader took secret commission payments buying and selling fuel and laundered some of the profits back to his Dutch customer, a prosecutor told jurors in London on Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    FCA Mulls 'Enforcement Watch' As Naming Alternative

    The Financial Conduct Authority's top executives on Wednesday vigorously defended its plans to name firms under investigation, but saw value in a potential alternative move to publish an "enforcement watch" newsletter giving an overview.

  • May 15, 2024

    RPC Hires New Competition Chief From MoFo

    Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP has hired a new partner to lead its London competition practice who brings more than a decade of experience advising on global antitrust issues at Morrison Foerster LLP.

  • May 08, 2024

    StanChart Bids To Toss Investors' Sanctions Claim On Appeal

    Standard Chartered PLC urged an appeals court Wednesday to toss accusations from investors that it had downplayed the extent to which it had breached U.S. sanctions against Iran by hundreds of billions of dollars, saying they have insufficient evidence to support them.

  • May 08, 2024

    Top KC Denies Ignoring Post Office Prosecution Issues

    A barrister who advised the Post Office on its past prosecutions has denied "turning a blind eye" by not investigating why an expert witness whose evidence was used to convict innocent people misled the courts, as he appeared before an inquiry on Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Three Men Plead Not Guilty In £4M Water Investment Fraud

    Three men pleaded not guilty on Wednesday at a London court to defrauding investors out of £3.9 million ($4.9 million) through an unregulated investment scheme promising to build water production plants in Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

  • May 08, 2024

    Advertisers Fight For Class Action In Google Antitrust Case

    A group of advertisers fought for a green light for their class action against Google owner Alphabet on Wednesday, arguing that their case meets the requirements for a class proceedings order because there are serious issues of abuse of market dominance to be tried.

  • May 08, 2024

    Litigation Funder Probably Owned By Sanctioned Oligarchs

    A court has found that there is "reasonable cause" to suspect that a litigation-funder that backs a $1.34 billion fraud claim from a collapsed Russian bank against its former owner is controlled by individuals sanctioned in the U.K.

  • May 07, 2024

    Russian Charged Over $100M LockBit Ransomware Scheme

    Federal prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged a Russian national with founding and heading the prolific ransomware group LockBit, which is accused of stealing more than $100 million from its victims.

  • May 07, 2024

    Businessman Asks Top Court To Block £19M UAE Debt Claim

    A businessman's family took its fight with a UAE bank to Britain's highest court Tuesday over an alleged £19 million ($24 million) debt, arguing that the lender should not be allowed to collect on debts he says are illegitimate and a result of fraud.

  • May 07, 2024

    Online Retailers Tap AI In Fight Against Counterfeiting

    Reviews are vital for online shopping, but fake posts have become a cottage industry for fraudsters. However, websites are fighting back, often using the same artificial intelligence tools deployed by scammers.

  • May 07, 2024

    Spacey To Face UK Civil Trial Over Sex Assault Claim

    Kevin Spacey successfully bid to overturn a default judgment against him at a London court on Tuesday — but the actor now faces a trial to fight off a man's £457,000 ($574,000) sexual assault claim.

  • May 07, 2024

    FCA Bans Investment Firm's Ex-CEO For Misleading Clients

    The Financial Conduct Authority has fined the former chief executive of a London-based investment firm for misleading clients about cash held by the group and handed him a ban, according to a statement published Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Apple Seeks To Block 'Hopeless' £853M Battery Class Action

    Apple urged an appeals court on Tuesday to allow it to challenge a £853 million ($1 billion) proposed class action that accuses it of concealing problems with batteries in the phones of 24 million customers, arguing there is no evidence to support the "hopeless" claim.

  • May 07, 2024

    PwC, EY Hit With Fines Over LC&F Audit Failures

    The Financial Reporting Council said Tuesday that it has handed out fines totaling approximately £10 million ($12.5 million) to PwC, EY and a third accounting firm for failures during audits they carried out on London Capital & Finance before the investment company's high-profile collapse.

  • May 06, 2024

    British National Admits To Coworking Business Ponzi Scheme

    A British citizen pled guilty Friday in Manhattan federal court to participating in a scheme to solicit investments using fraudulent misrepresentations about a coworking company where he was a principal.

  • May 03, 2024

    SRA Warns Law Firms On Improper Practices In Mass Claims

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority voiced concerns on Friday about law firms and legal professionals that handle mass claims involving financial services or products, saying that some are running up costs before they have even been instructed to act.

  • May 03, 2024

    Ex-Post Office Lawyer Denies Concealing IT Bug From Court

    A Post Office lawyer was told of a bug in the accounting system used to prosecute an innocent sub-postmistress days before her trial but did not disclose this to the court, according to documents submitted Friday to the inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal.

Expert Analysis

  • Prompt Engineering Skills Are Changing The Legal Profession

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    With a focus on higher-value work as repetitive tasks are delegated to artificial intelligence, legal roles are set to become more inspiring, and lawyers need not fear the rising demand for prompt engineers that is altering the technology-enabled legal environment, say Eric Crawley, Shah Karim and Paul O’Hagan at Epiq Legal.

  • Opinion

    UK Whistleblowers Flock To The US For Good Reason

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    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office director recently brought renewed attention to the differences between the U.K. and U.S. whistleblower regimes — differences that may make reporting to U.S. agencies a better and safer option for U.K. whistleblowers, and show why U.K. whistleblower laws need to be improved, say Benjamin Calitri and Kate Reeves at Kohn Kohn.

  • 4 Ways To Prepare For EU's Digital Finance Security Law

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    Companies that will fall under the scope of the Digital Operational Resilience Act when it goes into effect next January should take several proactive steps as they prepare for new corporate governance, risk management, incident reporting and third-party contracting obligations, says Edward Machin at Ropes & Gray.

  • 4 Legal Privilege Lessons From Dechert Disclosure Ruling

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    The Court of Appeal's recent decision in Al Sadeq v. Dechert LLP, finding that evidence may have been incorrectly withheld, provides welcome clarification of the scope of legal professional privilege, including the application of the iniquity exception, says Tim Knight at Travers Smith.

  • BT Case May Shape UK Class Action Landscape

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    The first opt-out collective action trial commenced in Le Patourel v. BT in the U.K. Competition Appeal Tribunal last month, regarding BT's abuse of dominance by overcharging millions of customers, will likely provide clarification on damages and funder returns in collective actions, which could significantly affect the class action regime, say lawyers at RPC.

  • No-Poach Agreements Face Greater EU Antitrust Scrutiny

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    EU competition authorities are increasingly viewing employer no-poach agreements as anti-competitive and an enforcement priority, demonstrating that such provisions are no longer without risk in Europe, and proving the importance of understanding EU antitrust law concerns and implications, says Robert Hardy at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Key Points From EC Economic Security Screening Initiatives

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    Lawyers at Herbert Smith analyze the European Commission's five recently announced initiatives aimed at de-risking the EU's trade and investment links with third countries, including the implementation of mandatory screening mechanisms and extending coverage to investments made by EU companies that are controlled subsidiaries of non-EU investors.

  • Following The Road Map Toward Quantum Security

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    With the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent publication of a white paper on a quantum-secure financial sector, firms should begin to consider the quantum transition early — before the process is driven by regulatory obligations — with the goal of developing a cybersecurity architecture that is agile while also allowing for quantum security, say lawyers at Cleary.

  • 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.

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