Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • March 19, 2024

    FCA Sets Out Priorities For New Financial Year

    The Financial Conduct Authority detailed on Tuesday its new priorities for the next financial year, setting out plans to protect consumers and boost competitiveness in Britain and to make better use of data.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy CEO's Fraud Trial Over $11.7B HP Deal Kicks Off

    Autonomy's former CEO Michael Lynch duped HP into buying his company at the inflated price of $11.7 billion, a federal prosecutor said Monday during opening statements in the British entrepreneur's criminal trial, while Lynch's lawyer countered his client had "all the money in the world" and no motive to commit fraud.

  • March 18, 2024

    HMRC Defends Response To Tax Avoidance Ploy

    The U.K. tax authority has rejected claims that it has been "heavy-handed" by applying the loan charge to users of disguised remuneration schemes, according to a letter released on Tuesday by the Treasury Committee.

  • March 18, 2024

    Axed HMRC Staffer Wins £16K Disability Discrimination Case

    HM Revenue and Customs must pay a disabled former employee £15,900 ($20,200) after it unfairly sacked him for gross misconduct and wrote off his claim that his sleep apnea was to blame, a Scottish tribunal has ruled.

  • March 18, 2024

    Prison Sentence Persuades Ex-Solicitor To Pay FCA's Order

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Friday that money launderer and ex-solicitor Dale Walker has paid a final sum of £33,500 ($42,600) required under a confiscation order, persuaded by a 62-day prison sentence for failure to pay.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ex-LC&F Chief's Legal Team Seeks Payment Upfront For Trial

    The £237 million ($300 million) London Capital & Finance investment trial was adjourned on Monday as the company chief's former legal team refused to come back unless they were paid upfront.

  • March 18, 2024

    Hayes Laments Judge's 'Catastrophic' SFO Interview Remarks

    A former derivatives trader said Monday that, although he had admitted to dishonestly submitting figures for a key benchmark interest rate, it was unhelpful, prejudicial and ultimately "catastrophic" that the judge presiding over his trial told jurors that his conduct was misleading.

  • March 18, 2024

    FCA Levies £5.95M Fine In Fake Dividend Tax Reclaim Case

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Monday it had decided to fine the former chief executive of Indigo Global Partners Ltd. £5.95 million ($7.57 million) and ban him from the industry for participating in a Danish tax scam that falsely reclaimed dividend taxes on shares.

  • March 18, 2024

    Serving Claims To HMRC By Email Made Permanent

    Claimants pursuing legal action against the U.K. tax authority in England and Wales will continue to be able to serve documents by email, HM Revenue and Customs said Monday, making the process it introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic permanent.

  • March 18, 2024

    SFO's Ephgrave Targets Fraud In Push To Kick Down Doors

    The Serious Fraud Office's fifth new investigation in the five months since Nick Ephgrave took the helm shows the watchdog has focused on domestic fraud cases and delivered on the director's pledge to be bolder, lawyers say.

  • March 18, 2024

    Watchdogs Join Forces To Ramp Up Fight On Debt Collection

    The Financial Conduct Authority said on Monday it is launching a joint effort with three other watchdogs to further scrutinize debt collection practices, ensuring that companies fairly treat consumers who are feeling the pinch from the cost-of-living crisis.

  • March 15, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy CEO To Face Jury As HP Fraud Trial Boots Up

    Former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch's 2011 sale of the tech company he founded to HP for about $11.7 billion earned him around $804 million and acclaim in tech circles, but the British executive now faces up to 20 years in prison on federal fraud charges that he inflated revenue figures in a monthslong criminal trial slated to kick off Monday in San Francisco.

  • March 15, 2024

    Emirati Banks Deny Misleading Court To Get $31M Order

    Emirates NBD Bank PJSC has denied misleading the Dubai courts to secure court orders for 117 million AED ($31.8 million) to enforce loans it claims executives of a Kuwaiti opticians company owe.

  • March 22, 2024

    Pallas Partners Hires Litigation Pro From Linklaters In London

    Pallas Partners LLP has recruited a litigation partner from Linklaters LLP to its London office in a boost to its offerings across commercial, finance and competition disputes, the boutique firm said Friday.

  • March 15, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Howard Kennedy face legal action by a London hotel chain, former racing boss Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One hit with a breach of contract claim by a Brazilian racecar driver, and a libel row between broadcaster Jeremy Vine and ex-footballer Joey Barton. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 15, 2024

    US Acquittals Don't Upend UK Libor Convictions, SFO Says

    The acquittals in the U.S. of two former bankers previously convicted of rigging Libor doesn't undermine the legal rationale — upheld on several appeals — for prosecuting traders in English courts, counsel for the Serious Fraud Office said Friday.

  • March 15, 2024

    Ex-Pharma Boss Avoids Prison For Misleading Watchdog

    A former pharmaceutical boss avoided prison on Friday for misleading the medicine regulator in the U.K. to gain approval for a novel drug, after his now-defunct company fully paid a £1.07 million ($1.36 million) fine.

  • March 14, 2024

    Judge Breyer Seeks To Boost Security Outside SF Courthouse

    U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said at a Thursday hearing that he'll meet with the U.S. Marshals Service to press for increased security around the San Francisco courthouse to ensure court staff and jurors' safety, the same day the city was sued over the neighborhood's open-air drug markets.

  • March 14, 2024

    Trustee Partially Wins Bid To Nix Defense In Italian Villa Claim

    A London court has granted a Russian bankruptcy trustee's bid to throw out some defenses of banker Georgy Ivanovich Bedzhamov's romantic partner over her claim to an Italian villa, finding them "hopeless" and that they had "no real prospect of success."

  • March 14, 2024

    Rosenblatt Faces Wasted Costs Bid In Nigeria Oil Spill Case

    Rosenblatt faces costs proceedings brought by Shell after a London judge ruled Thursday that the firm did not have authority to act on behalf of the majority of claimants in a case over an 2011 oil spill off the coast of Nigeria.

  • March 14, 2024

    Aid Charity Fired Lockdown 'Shisha Cave' Whistleblower

    A humanitarian charity made an employee redundant in retaliation for her blowing the whistle about colleagues smoking and potentially taking illegal drugs in its offices during a COVID-19 lockdown, a U.K. employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 14, 2024

    Italy Fines TikTok €10M For Harmful Content

    Italy's antitrust authority fined TikTok €10 million ($11 million) on Thursday for failing to protect children from potentially dangerous content on the platform.

  • March 14, 2024

    Craig Wright Timeline: From Australia To The London Courts

    Computer scientist Craig Wright's one-man mission to prove to the courts that he is the elusive creator of bitcoin came to an end Thursday as a London judge rejected his claim in one of the most-discussed intellectual property cases in the English courts. Here, Law360 looks back at the history of Wright's claims.

  • March 14, 2024

    Ex-Libor Trader Hayes Claims Judge Denied Him Fair Trial

    The conviction of former UBS trader Tom Hayes for rigging Libor is "unsafe" and should be overturned because the judge overseeing his trial committed a "cardinal" breach of his rights by telling jurors he had submitted false rates, his lawyer told the Court of Appeal on Thursday.

  • March 14, 2024

    Wright Is Not The Inventor Of Bitcoin, Judge Rules

    A London judge ruled Thursday that Australian computer scientist Craig Wright is not the pseudonymous inventor of bitcoin, ruling that the evidence against his claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto was "overwhelming."

Expert Analysis

  • Cos. Must Monitor Sanctions Regime As Law Remains Unclear

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    While recent U.K. government guidance and an English High Court's decision in Litasco v. Der Mond Oil, finding that a company is sanctioned when a designated individual is exercising control over it, both address sanctions control issues, disarray in the law remains, highlighting that practitioners should keep reviewing their exposure to the sanctions regime, say lawyers at K&L Gates.

  • Unpacking The UK's Proposals To Regulate Crypto-Assets

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    Recent proposals for crypto-asset regulation in the U.K. demonstrate support for crypto's potential, but there is concern around the authorization process for organizations undertaking crypto-asset activities, and new regulations will require a more detailed assessment of firms' compliance not previously addressed, say Jessica Lee and Menelaos Karampetsos at Brown Rudnick.

  • The Top 7 Global ESG Litigation Trends In 2023

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    To date, ESG litigation across the world can largely be divided into seven forms, but these patterns will continue developing, including a rise in cases against private and state actors, a more complex regulatory environment affecting multinational companies, and an increase in nongovernmental organization activity, say Sophie Lamb and Aleksandra Dulska at Latham.

  • Proposed Amendment Would Transform UK Collective Actions

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    If the recently proposed amendment to the Digital Markets Bill is enacted, the U.K.'s collective action landscape will undergo a seismic change that will likely have significant consequences for consumer-facing businesses, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • UK Takeover Code Changes: Key Points For Bidders, Targets

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    Newly effective amendments to Rule 21 of the U.K. Takeover Code, which remove legal and administrative constraints on a target operating its business in the ordinary way during an offer, will add clarity for targets and bidders, and are likely to be welcomed by both, say lawyers at Davis Polk.

  • EU GDPR Ruling Reiterates Relative Nature Of 'Personal Data'

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    The Court of Justice of the European Union recently confirmed in Gesamtverband v. Scania that vehicle identification number data can be processed under the General Data Protection Regulation, illustrating that the same dataset may be considered "personal data" for one party, but not another, which suggests a less expansive definition of the term, say lawyers at Van Bael.

  • How The UK Smart Regulatory Strategy Fuels AI Innovation

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    Eight months after the U.K. government published its artificial intelligence white paper, the Communications and Digital Lords Committee considered regulators' role regarding large language models, illustrating that the government is ramping up efforts toward solidifying the U.K.'s position as a global leader in AI regulation and development, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • How 'Copyleft' Licenses May Affect Generative AI Output

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    Open-source software and the copyleft licenses that support it, whereby derivative works must be made available for others to use and modify, have been a boon to the development of artificial intelligence, but could lead to issues for coders who use AI to help write code and may find their resulting work exposed, says William Dearn at HLK.

  • Russia Ruling Shows UK's Robust Jurisdiction Approach

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    An English High Court's recent decision to grant an anti-suit injunction in the Russia-related dispute Renaissance Securities v. Chlodwig Enterprises clearly illustrates that obtaining an injunction will likely be more straightforward when the seat is in England compared to when it is abroad, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • How New Loan Origination Regime Will Affect Fund Managers

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    Although the recent publication of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive II represents more of an evolution than a revolution, the leverage limitations applicable to loan-originating funds are likely to present practical challenges for European credit fund managers, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • How EU Sustainability Directive Will Improve Co. Reporting

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    The need for organizations to make nonfinancial disclosures under the recently adopted EU Sustainability Reporting Standards will significantly change workforce and human rights reporting, and with the objective of fostering transparency, should bring about an increased focus on risks, policies and action plans, say Philip Spyropoulos and Thomas Player at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • PPI Ruling Spells Trouble For Financial Services Firms

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    The Supreme Court's recent decision in Canada Square v. Potter, which found that the claimant's missold payment protection insurance claim was not time-barred, is bad news for affected financial services firms, as there is now certainty over the law on the postponement of limitation periods, rendering hidden commission claims viable, say Ian Skinner and Chris Webber at Squire Patton.

  • Extradition Ruling Hints At Ways Around High Burden Of Proof

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Popoviciu v. Curtea De Apel Bucharest confirmed that, in a conviction extradition case, the requested person must establish a flagrant violation of their right to a fair trial, but the court's reasoning reveals creative opportunities to test this boundary in the U.K. and Strasbourg alike, says Rebecca Hughes at Corker Binning.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From FDI Screening Report Findings

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    The recent European Commission report on the screening of foreign direct investments into the EU reveals how member states need to balance national security concerns with openness, and with more cross-border transactions subject to screening, lawyers must be alert to jurisdictional variances, says Jonathon Gunn at Faegre Drinker.

  • Why Law Firms Should Heed Calls To Put ESG Over Profit

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    According to Deloitte’s recent survey, the majority of Gen Z and millennials remain unimpressed with businesses’ societal impact, and junior lawyers in particular are increasingly expecting the legal profession to shift to a business model that prioritizes sustainability above profitability, says Dana Denis-Smith at Obelisk Support.

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