Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • June 13, 2024

    Labour Prioritizes Wealth Creation In Election Manifesto

    Keir Starmer said on Thursday that his Labour Party would kick-start a future of "national renewal" if it wins the general election, with economic growth and wealth creation driving a manifesto that lacked any surprise headline pledges.

  • June 12, 2024

    Ex-Serco Chair Says Contract Fraud 'Came Out Of The Blue'

    Serco's former chair said at a London trial Wednesday that the scandal of its overbilling for government contracts left a "cloud" hanging over the outsourcing multinational, as the company clashes with investors seeking to recover their losses from the resulting plunge of its stock price.

  • June 12, 2024

    NCA Arrest Man In PPE Medpro Investigation

    The U.K.'s National Crime Agency said Wednesday that a man has been arrested in north London as part of its investigation into alleged potential criminality in the procurement of government contracts for medical equipment supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 12, 2024

    SRA Files Legal Claim Against Post Office

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has filed a legal claim against the Post Office as part of its ongoing investigation into the Horizon IT wrongful prosecution scandal.

  • June 12, 2024

    Eurojust Dismantles €113M Fraudulent Investment Scheme

    Police have taken down a €113 million ($122.2 million) pyramid fraud scheme based around crypto mining in an operation spanning several European countries, the Eurojust European law enforcement agency said on Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    BHS Ruling A 'Coup For Liquidators' Over Director Duties

    A landmark ruling that found two directors liable for the collapse of a U.K. retailer and ordered them to repay a chunk of the losses highlights the limited reliance that directors can place on professional advice and a lack of experience to avoid responsibility.

  • June 12, 2024

    Investors To Sue Betting Giant For £100M Over Bribery Probe

    Entain PLC, the owner of gambling businesses Ladbrokes and Coral, is set to face a £100 million ($128 million) legal battle from institutional investors who say Entain did not warn them about a prosecution over its alleged failure to prevent bribery in Turkey.

  • June 12, 2024

    Automakers Safe From French Law In 'Dieselgate' Disclosure

    Vehicle manufacturers including Renault and Peugeot Citroen that face thousands of "dieselgate" claims for allegedly cheating car emission tests are not at any risk of criminal prosecution in France while disclosing evidence before trial in England, a London court has ruled.

  • June 12, 2024

    Fuel Trader Says £5M Payments Were For Market Advice

    A former fuel trader insisted at his fraud trial in London on Wednesday that he received £5.2 million ($6.6 million) in payments for providing consultancy advice on "betting on the right horse" rather than in secret commissions.

  • June 11, 2024

    PC Gaming Giant Valve Faces £656M Action For Overcharging

    Valve Corp., owner of the world's largest video game distribution platform, Steam, has been hit with a proposed £656 million ($836 million) class action for allegedly overcharging 14 million PC gamers in the U.K., the digital rights campaigner filing the claim announced Wednesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    UniCredit Overturns $69M Plane Payment Sanctions Ruling

    UniCredit was entitled to withhold $69.3 million in payments to lessors for Russian planes because of sanctions, a London appellate court ruled Tuesday, partly overturning findings that it was not reasonable for the bank's U.K. branch to believe it could not make the payments. 

  • June 11, 2024

    KC Advised Post Office To Remove Judge From Horizon Trial

    A top barrister advised the Post Office to get a High Court judge to recuse himself from a trial dealing with wrongly prosecuted subpostmasters or else risk losing all litigation brought by the subpostmasters, the barrister recalled in an inquiry hearing Tuesday regarding the scandal.

  • June 11, 2024

    Tories Pledge To Tackle Court Backlog, Carry On Rwanda Plan

    The Conservative Party announced a slew of justice plans on Tuesday to cut the criminal court backlog, support third-party litigation funding and abandon international human rights commitments, if necessary, to pursue its Rwanda migrants policy.

  • June 11, 2024

    Serco Denies Directors Knew Of Fraud In Securities Trial

    Serco Group PLC denied investors are entitled to compensation over a fraud that caused the outsourcing giant's share price to nosedive, arguing on the second day of a London trial Tuesday that none of its directors had known about the alleged wrongdoing.

  • June 11, 2024

    Widow Who Signed Docs 'Without Reading' Still Owes $64M

    A London appellate court has ruled that a former Hong Kong resident can't escape a personal guarantee to pay 500 million Hong Kong dollars ($64 million) to cover bonds issued by her husband's company, in part because she entered the contract for business purposes.

  • June 11, 2024

    FCA Eyes Consumer Impact Of New Legal Cooperation Rules

    The Financial Conduct Authority has set out how it is working with the Financial Ombudsman Service and other bodies under a new duty of legal cooperation required by the Consumer Duty and changing payments regulations.

  • June 11, 2024

    LC&F Administrators Attack Ex-Boss' Credibility In Ponzi Case

    The administrators of London Capital & Finance PLC have criticized the company's former head as a "thoroughly unreliable witness" as they closed their case that he and others operated the business as a £237 million ($302 million) Ponzi scheme.

  • June 11, 2024

    BHS Directors To Pay Liquidators £18M For Wrongful Trading

    A London judge ordered two former directors of failed retail chain BHS on Tuesday to pay liquidators at least £18 million ($23 million) after finding that they knew that the company was beyond rescue when it was purchased in 2015.

  • June 10, 2024

    23andMe Faces UK-Canadian Probe Into Data Breach

    The U.K. and Canada said Monday that they are jointly investigating a data breach at genetic testing company 23andMe, which allowed hackers to access data from 6.9 million users.

  • June 10, 2024

    Man Gets 1 Year For Manslaughter Of Ex-Boss In 2006 Attack

    An Albanian man was sentenced to a year in prison Monday for killing his former boss, after the Crown Prosecution Service linked the victim's life-altering head injuries from an attack nearly two decades ago to his death in 2017.

  • June 10, 2024

    Starmer Could Crack Judicial Crisis, Former CPS Chiefs Say

    Keir Starmer's lead in the polls as the general election in July approaches has sparked hopes among criminal justice advocates that the Labour leader — a former top prosecutor — will implement reforms as prime minister.

  • June 10, 2024

    Serco Accused Of Playing Around With Books As Trial Opens

    Institutional investors told a London court Monday that Serco had "played around" with its financial reporting to keeping the government from clocking fraud in its contract for electronic tagging services as a landmark securities trial kicked off.

  • June 10, 2024

    European Financial Body Calls On UK To Clarify AML Reforms

    A European body representing financial market participants has called on HM Treasury to provide more clarity in the Money Laundering Regulations through planned amendments, including by specifying the exact point when a firm must check a potential customer's background.

  • June 10, 2024

    Amazon Sold Facial Tech To Russia, Ex-Employee Alleges

    A former Amazon worker has alleged that the technology giant sold facial recognition software to a Russian company in violation of U.K. sanctions.

  • June 07, 2024

    Feds Charge UK Trio Over $2M 'Evolved Apes' NFT Scheme

    Three United Kingdom residents face criminal wire fraud and money laundering charges brought by federal prosecutors in Manhattan alleging they misappropriated cryptocurrency worth roughly $2 million as part of a "rug pull scheme" involving the digital assets known as non-fungible tokens.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • New Fraud Prevention Offense May Not Make Much Difference

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    By targeting only large organizations, the Economic Crime Act's new failure to prevent fraud offense is striking in that, despite its breadth, it will affect so few companies, and is therefore unlikely to help ordinary victims, says Andrew Smith at Corker Binning.

  • Mitigating And Managing Risks Of AI Use In Private Equity

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    While generative artificial intelligence has the ability to transform private equity firms and their portfolio companies, its deployment brings inherent risks, including those presented by the forthcoming EU AI Act, requiring appropriate risk management strategies, processes and policies to be adopted, says Barry Fishley at Weil.

  • Vodafone Decision Highlights Wide Scope Of UK's FDI Rules

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    The U.K. government’s recently imposed conditions required for its approval of Vodafone and Etisalat’s strategic relationship agreement under its National Security and Investment Act jurisdiction, illustrating the significance of the act as an important factor for transactions with a U.K. link, says Matthew Hall at McGuireWoods.

  • Decoding UK Case Law On Anti-Suit Injunctions

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    The English High Court's forthcoming decision on an anti-suit injunction filed in Augusta Energy v. Top Oil last month will provide useful guidance on application grounds for practitioners, but, pending that ruling, other recent decisions offer key considerations when making or resisting claims when there is an exclusive jurisdiction clause in the contract, says Abigail Healey at Quillon Law.

  • Consultation Docs Can Help EU Firms Prep For Crypto Regs

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    Firms providing crypto services should note two recent papers from the European Securities and Markets Authority defining proposals on reverse solicitation and financial instrument classification that will be critical to clarifying the scope of the regulatory framework under the impending Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation, say lawyers at Hogan Lovells.

  • A Closer Look At Novel Jury Instruction In Forex Rigging Case

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    After the recent commodities fraud conviction of a U.K.-based hedge fund executive in U.S. v. Phillips, post-trial briefing has focused on whether the New York federal court’s jury instruction incorrectly defined the requisite level of intent, which should inform defense counsel in future open market manipulation cases, say attorneys at Lankler Siffert.

  • Investors' Call For Voting Changes Faces Practical Challenges

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    A recent investor coalition call on fund managers to offer pass-through voting on pooled funds highlights a renewed concern for clients’ interests, but legal, regulatory and technological issues need to be overcome to ensure that risks related to the product are effectively mitigated, says Angeli Arora at Allectus.

  • Litigation Funding Implications Amid Post-PACCAR Disputes

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    An English tribunal's recent decision in Neill v. Sony, allowing an appeal on the enforceability of a litigation funding agreement, highlights how the legislative developments on funding limits following the U.K. Supreme Court's 2023 decision in Paccar v. Competition Appeal Tribunal may affect practitioners, say Andrew Leitch and Anoma Rekhi at BCLP.

  • EU Product Liability Reforms Represent A Major Shakeup

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    The recent EU Parliament and Council provisional agreement on a new product liability regime in Europe revises the existing strict liability rules for the first time in 40 years by easing the burden of proof to demonstrate that a product is defective, a hurdle that many had previously failed to overcome, say Anushi Amin and Edward Turtle at Cooley.

  • Amazon's €32M Data Protection Fine Acts As Employer Caveat

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    The recent decision by French data privacy regulator CNIL to fine Amazon for excessive surveillance of its workers opens up a raft of potential employment law, data protection and breach of contract issues, and offers a clear warning that companies need coherent justification for monitoring employees, say Robert Smedley and William Richmond-Coggan at Freeths.

  • What Extension Of French FDI Control Means For Investors

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    The recently published French order on foreign investment control expands the regime's application to more sectors and at a lower threshold of share ownership, illustrating France's determination to maintain sovereignty over its supply chains in sensitive sectors, and adding new considerations for potential investors in these areas, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • What To Expect For Private Capital Investment Funds In 2024

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    As 2024 gets underway, market sentiment in the private fundraising sphere seems more optimistic, with a greater focus on deal sourcing and operational optimizations, and an increased emphasis on impact and sustainability strategies, say lawyers at Ropes & Gray.

  • Cayman Islands Off AML Risk Lists, Signaling Robust Controls

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    As a world-leading jurisdiction for securitization special purpose entities, the removal of the Cayman Islands from increased anti-money laundering monitoring lists is a significant milestone that will benefit new and existing financial services customers conducting business in the territory, say lawyers at Walkers Global.

  • EU Report Is A Valuable Guide For Data Controllers

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    The European Data Protection Board recently published a study of cases handled by national supervisory authorities where uniform application of the General Data Protection Regulation was prioritized, providing data controllers with arguments for an adequate response to manage liability in case of a breach and useful insights into how security requirements are assessed, say Thibaut D'hulst and Malik Aouadi at Van Bael.

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