Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • April 26, 2024

    HSBC Beats Investors' £1.3B Disney Film Scheme Fraud Case

    HSBC fended off on Friday a £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) fraud claim brought by hundreds of investors who alleged the bank misled them into financing a Disney movie tax relief scheme it developed which turned out to be worthless.

  • April 25, 2024

    Law Firm Escapes £68M Ponzi Fraud Negligence Claim

    Lupton Fawcett LLP has averted a £68 million ($85 million) professional negligence claim against it, as a London court ruled the claimants' alleged loss as victims of a Ponzi fraud could not be linked to the law firm's actions.

  • April 25, 2024

    Ex-Locke Lord Atty Loses Fight To Challenge Fraud Sentence

    A London appellate court on Thursday blocked Locke Lord LLP's former banking partner from challenging his prison sentence for taking part in a £21 million ($26.2 million) Ponzi scheme.

  • April 25, 2024

    Disciplinary Chair Wins Worker Status, Holiday Pay

    A barrister who served as a chair on the regulatory board for the Nursing and Midwifery Council has won his bid for paid annual leave, with the Employment Tribunal finding that gig economy workers must have an incentive to take holidays, so they do not swap cash for rest.

  • April 25, 2024

    Ephgrave Says SFO Must Be 'Relevant' To UK Taxpayers

    The director of the Serious Fraud Office said on Thursday that the spate of fraud investigations launched early in his tenure wasn't a deliberate policy — though he acknowledged that he wants to make the agency "relevant to the taxpayer."

  • April 25, 2024

    Compliance Officer To Face Tribunal Over Accounts Failures

    A solicitor must face a disciplinary tribunal after he allegedly failed to provide accountants' reports for two law firms in southeast England and allowed the client account of one of those firms to be used as a banking facility, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • May 02, 2024

    White & Case Hires White-Collar Pro From Noerr In Germany

    White & Case LLP has hired the former co-head of the compliance and investigations group at Noerr to lead its internal investigations team in Frankfurt as part of a big push to expand its global white-collar practice.

  • April 25, 2024

    Firms Urge Delays To 'Unclear' FCA Greenwashing Guidance

    Financial companies are urging the City watchdog to slow its anti-greenwashing rule that comes in force in May as legal experts warn that it has failed to clarify all its expectations in final guidance, putting businesses that make the wrong call at risk of enforcement action.

  • April 25, 2024

    Police Did Not Sack Officer For Making Adult TV Complaint

    A former police officer has failed to secure provisional compensation for her dismissal after a tribunal ruled that a London policing body did not fire her for blowing the whistle on colleagues for refusing to stop watching adult television at work.

  • April 25, 2024

    Post Office Official Denies Misleading Court About IT System

    A Post Office director denied misleading the court about what she knew about the IT system used to prosecute hundreds of innocent people, as she gave evidence to the inquiry into the scandal Thursday.

  • April 25, 2024

    EU Parliament Gives Final Approval To AML Package

    The European Parliament has given the final go-ahead to a package of laws to fight money laundering and terrorist financing, creating a single rule book and establishing a dedicated agency for the bloc.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy GC Tells Jurors He Wanted To Be 'Helpful' To HP

    Autonomy's former U.S. general counsel conceded Wednesday in the criminal trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that he told an HP lawyer he wanted to be as "helpful" as possible to the company as it was investigating Autonomy-related issues that popped up after the Silicon Valley giant purchased the British company, and that he was told he could face liability for his work at Autonomy.

  • April 24, 2024

    Chicago Museum Accuses New York DA Of Art Seizure Overreach

    The Art Institute of Chicago has urged a New York criminal court to give back an Egon Schiele drawing seized by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, saying the artwork was never looted by Nazis and prosecutors have no business litigating a civil ownership dispute.

  • April 24, 2024

    Oligarch's Family Can't Nix €1.5B Bankruptcy Bid

    The widow and a daughter of the late Russian cement oligarch Oleg Bourlakov stumbled in their global legal battle with relatives over his fortune after a London judge declined to stop €1.48 billion ($1.59 billion) bankruptcy proceedings in St. Petersburg.

  • April 24, 2024

    Post Office GC Didn't Know To Disclose Witness Misled Court

    As he gave evidence to an inquiry Wednesday, the Post Office's former general counsel said external law firm Cartwright King didn't tell him that the fact that an expert witness lied to the court when testifying against subpostmasters needed to be disclosed.

  • April 24, 2024

    Feds Nab Latest OneCoin Plea On $35M Laundering Charge

    An eighth defendant has been charged by federal prosecutors over the global OneCoin cryptocurrency scam and has pled guilty to laundering about $35 million in illicit proceeds through bank accounts he controlled in China and Hong Kong.

  • April 24, 2024

    Fund Manager Denies Losing Jailed Politician's Wife £8M

    A fund manager has denied transferring €28 million ($30 million) from the account of an imprisoned Turkish politician's wife without her permission, claiming she gave written instructions to invest the money in emerging markets.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ex-England Footballer Banned As Director For Unpaid Tax

    Former England football international John Barnes has been banned from being a company director after his business failed to pay more than £190,000 ($236,000) in tax, a U.K. government agency announced on Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2024

    Boris Becker Settles With Creditors Over Missing Trophies

    Boris Becker's creditors have agreed not to chase the multiple Grand Slam tennis champion over the missing trophies he was accused of hiding to dodge paying debts, lawyers for the Wimbledon winner and bankruptcy trustees told a London court Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ex-Law Firm Partner Fails To Toss SRA Dishonesty Allegation

    A former equity partner in a real estate conveyancing firm failed on Wednesday to have a tribunal prevent the Solicitors Regulation Authority from accusing him of dishonesty, as it ruled that an offer by the watchdog to settle did not mean he should not have expected the allegation.

  • April 24, 2024

    EU Keeps Gibraltar, Panama, UAE On AML Blacklist

    Gibraltar, Panama and the United Arab Emirates should remain on the European Union's blacklist of high-risk countries for money laundering, the European Parliament said, stopping the EU from following the lead of a global organization promoting standards for countries to fight those crimes.

  • April 24, 2024

    SFO Admits Deleting Osofsky's Phone Amid ENRC Leaks Row

    The Serious Fraud Office acknowledged on Wednesday that it "inappropriately" erased the mobile phone of its former director, Lisa Osofsky, during litigation over alleged leaks in what mining giant ENRC told a London court was a "flagrant breach" of its disclosure obligations.

  • April 24, 2024

    EU Says 3 States Aren't Correctly Following AML Law

    The European Commission said Wednesday that three European Union countries — Ireland, France and Latvia — aren't correctly implementing the bloc's laws against money laundering, meaning that the countries now have two months to correct the shortcomings.

  • April 24, 2024

    Disclosure Review Calls For Early Talks To Speed Cases

    Early talks between prosecutors and defendants could ease the pressures of disclosure in complex economic crime cases where the large volume of online evidence creates a risk that suspects will be denied a fair trial, a government-backed review advised Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2024

    IP Firm Can't Take Bid To Block Clients' Case To Top Court

    Britain's highest court has rejected a final attempt by Marks & Clerk LLP to block thousands of former clients from bringing a bribery class action over alleged secret commission payments, ruling that the law firm did not put forward any arguable legal challenges that justified an appeal.

Expert Analysis

  • Looking Ahead At AI Regulation In The EU And UK

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    With AI regulation agreed upon in Europe and a U.K. regulatory authority on the horizon, organizations developing AI should consider deploying governance, addressing accountability and establishing internal guardrails to achieve a balanced approach to responsible innovation while managing risk, says Chris Eastham at Fieldfisher.

  • What 2024 Has In Store For White Collar Crime Enforcement

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    Changes in Serious Fraud Office leadership and corporate crime laws in the U.K. signal a chance to kickstart enforcement in 2024, and companies need to stay alive to risks within their business, preparing in particular for the new offense of failure to prevent fraud, say lawyers at Latham.

  • Emerging Trends From A Busy Climate Litigation Year

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    Although many environmental cases brought in the U.K. were unsuccessful in 2023, they arguably clarified several relevant issues, such as climate rights, director and trustee obligations, and the extent to which claimants can hold the government accountable, illustrating what 2024 may have in store for climate litigation, say Simon Bishop and Patrick Kenny at Hausfeld.

  • Key 2024 Arbitration Trends In A Changing World

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    As key sectors such as ESG and the global mining and commodities market will continue to generate more arbitration in 2024, procedural developments in arbitral law will both guide future arbitration proceedings and provide helpful lessons on confidentiality, disclosure and professional duty, say Louise Woods and Elena Guillet at V&E.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

  • Regulating Digital Platforms: What's Changing In EU And UK

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    Lawyers at Mayer Brown assess the status of recently enacted EU and U.K. antitrust regulation governing gatekeeper platforms, noting that the effects are already being felt, and that companies will need to avoid anti-competitive self-preferencing and ensure a higher degree of interoperability than has been required to date.

  • Dyson Decision Highlights Post-Brexit Forum Challenges

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    The High Court's recent decision in Limbu v. Dyson, barring the advancement of group supply chain claims against Dyson subsidiaries in the U.K. and Malaysia, suggests that, following Brexit, claims concerning events abroad may less frequently proceed to trial in England, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • How Boards Can Mitigate Privacy, Cybersecurity And AI Risks

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    In 2023, data privacy, cybersecurity and AI persist as prominent C-suite concerns as regulators stepped up enforcement, and organizations must develop a plan for handling these risks, in particular those with a global footprint, say lawyers at Latham.

  • The Outlook For UK Restructuring Plans At Home And Abroad

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    The U.K. continues to be a center for large-cap, cross-border restructurings, though its competitive edge over the EU in this regard may narrow, while small and medium-sized enterprises are already likely to avoid costly formal processes by reaching out to their secured lenders for restructuring solutions, say Paul Keddie and Timothy Bromley-White at Macfarlanes.

  • Best Legal Practices For The Holiday Party Season

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    With the holiday party season in full swing, two recent Solicitors Regulation Authority decisions serve as a useful reminder to both individuals and firms of the potential employment and regulatory consequences when misconduct is alleged to have occurred at a work event, say lawyers at CM Murray.

  • Insights For Cos. As Sustainability Reporting Goal Posts Shift

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    The European Commission’s recent measures proposing relief in sustainability reporting for small- and medium-sized enterprises mean that many businesses already preparing to comply with the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive will find they are still on the right path, say Sarah-Jane Denton and Alexandra Macbean at Travers Smith.

  • Foreign Assets Ruling Suggests New Tax Avoidance Approach

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling in His Majesty's Revenue & Customs v. Fisher, which found that the scope of the transfer of foreign assets is narrow, highlights that the days of rampant tax avoidance have been left behind, and that the need for wide-ranging and uncertain tax legislation is lessening, says James Austen at Collyer Bristow.

  • Lessons To Be Learned From 2023's Bank Failures

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    This year’s banking collapses, coupled with interest rate rises, inflation and geopolitical instability have highlighted the need for more robust governance, and banks and regulators have learned that they must adequately monitor and control liquidity risk to protect against another financial crisis, say Juliette Mills and Alix Prentice at Cadwalader.

  • Key Questions Ahead Of 2024 Right-To-Work Changes

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    In 2024, the U.K. will increase the maximum civil penalty for companies hiring employees who don't have legal permission to work, so employers should work toward minimizing the risk of noncompliance, including by using an identity service provider to carry out digital right-to-work checks, says Gemma Robinson at Foot Anstey.

  • Class Action-Style Claims Are On The Horizon In 2024

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    Following the implementation of an EU directive enabling consumers to bring actions for collective redress, 2024 will likely see the first serious swathe of class action-style cases in Europe, particularly in areas such as cyber exposures, ESG and product liability, says Henning Schaloske at Clyde & Co.

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