Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • March 25, 2024

    Tech Giants Face 1st Probe Under EU Digital Markets Rules

    Alphabet, Apple and Meta are being investigated by the European Union over whether they comply with the Digital Markets Act, the first probes launched under regulations aimed at reining in the power of Big Tech, the bloc's executive arm said Monday.

  • March 22, 2024

    EU Pushes For Steep Tariffs On Russian And Belarusian Grain

    The European Commission said Friday that it's working to constrain Russia's ability to fund its war against Ukraine by increasing tariffs on cereal, oil seed and grain product imports from Russia and its Union State partner, Belarus.

  • March 22, 2024

    Regulator Fines 2 Law Firms As AML Crackdown Continues

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has fined two law firms for failing to comply with laws on anti-money laundering, continuing the action it is taking against legal businesses that aren't doing enough to mitigate their potential exposure to criminal activity by clients.

  • March 22, 2024

    Solicitor Jailed For Fraud Wins Bid To Fight Conviction

    A solicitor imprisoned for pocketing the salary of a fake employee won permission Friday to challenge her conviction from the Court of Appeal because the presiding judge failed to tread cautiously with a co-defendant accused of lying.

  • March 22, 2024

    Money Laundering Ringleader Jailed For £560K Bank Con

    A fraudster who set up sham carpet and furniture businesses as part of a money laundering scheme that lost banks £560,000 ($705,000) has been jailed for six years and four months, the U.K.'s Insolvency Service said Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    Glencore Cannot Deny Knowing It Was Corrupt, Investors Say

    Glencore cannot claim it "reasonably believed" it was telling the truth when it failed to disclose it orchestrated a global bribery scheme during an initial public offering that raised $10 billion, institutional investors suing the mining and trading group have said.

  • March 22, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC and Wall to Wall Media hit with a passing off lawsuit by musician BOSSIIE, Poundland parent company Pepco Group file a commercial fraud claim against several mobile network giants, family law specialists Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP start proceedings against former oil trader Michael Prest, and a transgender lawyer file a libel claim against a blogger. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 22, 2024

    4 Charged For Unregulated Water Investment Scam

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Friday it has charged four individuals with allegedly defrauding investors out of £3.9 million ($4.9 million) in an unregulated water investment scheme.

  • March 22, 2024

    UK Tax Avoidance Scheme Promoter Fined £900K

    A Liverpool-based company that promoted a tax avoidance scheme to medical professionals must pay a £900,000 ($1.1 million) penalty, according to a tribunal ruling published by HM Revenue and Customs on Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    87-Year-Old Billionaire Lewis Seeks No Jail For Insider Trading

    Lawyers for British billionaire Joe Lewis have asked a Manhattan federal judge not to impose any prison time after his plea to insider trading, saying a term of probation is appropriate because the 87-year-old is "nearing the end of life in declining health."

  • March 22, 2024

    Oil Shipper Fails To Have UK Sanctions Temporarily Lifted

    A Dubai-based oil shipping company failed in its attempt to have U.K. sanctions temporarily lifted after a London judge ruled Friday that the British foreign secretary has to review the decision to designate the company before the courts have jurisdiction to rule on its claim.

  • March 22, 2024

    EU Watchdog Fines Ratings Firm €2M For Conflict Of Interest

    The markets watchdog of the European Union said Friday that it has fined German credit ratings agency Scope Ratings GmbH €2.2 million ($2.4 million), and issued a public notice after it failed to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

  • March 22, 2024

    The Two Phone Calls That Left SFO Facing A Huge ENRC Bill

    As the SFO and Dechert head to court on Monday to learn exactly how much they owe ENRC for breaching its confidentiality, Law360 looks at how two pivotal phone calls exposed the white-collar agency to potentially tens of millions of pounds in damages.

  • March 21, 2024

    Autonomy Jury Hears Of 'Handshake Deal' To Pad Revenue

    A onetime Autonomy Corp. customer took the stand Thursday in the California federal criminal trial of former CEO Michael Lynch, describing a "handshake" deal to pay the company $7.5 million with the understanding the funds would be returned — part of an alleged plot to fraudulently inflate Autonomy's revenues.

  • March 21, 2024

    LC&F Was 'Doomed From The Start,' Administrator Tells Trial

    An administrator of London Capital & Finance said on Thursday that the mini-bonds provider was "doomed from the start," as he gave evidence at the £237 million ($300 million) investment scandal trial at a London court.

  • March 21, 2024

    Prince Harry Says Tabloids Bugged Landlines In Privacy Claim

    Prince Harry urged a London judge Thursday to allow him to add new allegations in his legal claim against News Group Newspapers Ltd., which include that journalists and private investigators working for the publisher invaded his privacy by bugging landline phones, among other alleged unlawful activities.

  • March 21, 2024

    HSBC Settles Investors' £240M Claim Over Disney Tax Scheme

    HSBC has settled a £240 million ($304 million) claim brought by more than 100 investors alleging that the bank misled them to finance a Disney film tax relief scheme it developed which turned out to be worthless.

  • March 21, 2024

    Ex-OneCoin Attorney Says 1 Year In Prison Is Enough

    A Bulgarian woman who held the title of legal and compliance executive at the fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency exchange asked a Manhattan federal judge to credit her for the year she'd spent in prison in harsh conditions and not sentence her to any more jail time.

  • March 21, 2024

    Alleged Modern Slavery Victim Sues Farm For Mistreatment

    A migrant fruit picker who is a suspected victim of modern slavery has sued a multinational farming company for unpaid wages, harassment, discrimination and victimization after she went on strike, her trade union representatives said on Thursday.

  • March 21, 2024

    Influencer Denies Contempt Charge Over 'Lavish Lifestyle'

    The founder of a French startup argued against accusations of contempt of court on Thursday after his former company accused him of "flagrantly" breaching a worldwide freezing order by continuing to live a "lavish lifestyle."

  • March 21, 2024

    British Safety Council Calls For A Minister For Well-Being

    The British Safety Council has urged the government to appoint a well-being minister to promote welfare in the workplace at a time when illness is at a 10-year high and recent surveys suggest high stress levels and burnout among workers.

  • March 21, 2024

    FCA Tells Consumer Lenders To Detect Financial Crime Better

    The City watchdog has warned chief executives of consumer lending firms that they must improve on their detection of financial crime.

  • March 20, 2024

    UK Pension Fraud Fund To Pay Out £416M To Victims By 2026

    The U.K.'s pension lifeboat scheme said Wednesday it expects to pay up to £416.7 million ($530 million) in compensation to members of pension schemes that have been hit by scams.

  • March 20, 2024

    Russian F1 Driver's EU Sanctions Over Oligarch Father Lifted

    A Formula One racing driver and son of a Russian oligarch has won his fight to lift European Union sanctions, with a court ruling Wednesday there was insufficient evidence to prove that his business interests were benefiting from his fathers' wealth.

  • March 20, 2024

    Belarusian Tire Maker Wins EU Sanctions Challenge

    The European Union unlawfully imposed sanctions on a state-owned Belarusian tire business because it failed to prove that the company was supporting the country's president, a European court ruled Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • EU And US Artificial Intelligence Regs: Comparing Key Points

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    With divergent approaches to artificial intelligence regulation in the EU and U.S. making it challenging for companies to navigate the global landscape, it is wise to adopt a proactive compliance approach and begin mapping upcoming obligations in each jurisdiction, say lawyers at Steptoe.

  • 5 Key UK Employment Law Developments From 2023

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    Key employment law issues in 2023 suggest that topics such as trade union recognition for collective bargaining in the gig economy, industrial action and menopause discrimination will be at the top of the agenda for employers and employees in 2024, say Merrill April and Anaya Price at CM Murray.

  • 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.

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