Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • June 14, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 14, 2024

    Labour Eyes Flexible Financial Regulation To Spur Growth

    The Labour Party prioritized financial services growth this week as it eyes Downing Street, suggesting a new era of more flexible regulation to drive technological innovation and competitiveness, regulatory lawyers say.

  • June 14, 2024

    UK Broker Denied Supreme Court Hearing Over Cum Ex Raids

    Judges at a London court refused on Friday to allow a brokerage to challenge at the U.K. Supreme Court findings that a raid on its London office during an investigation into tax fraud in 2022 was legal, finding that the "outcome of any appeal would be no different."

  • June 14, 2024

    UK Sanctions Russian Insurer In Move Against 'Shadow Fleet'

    Britain has said it has blacklisted Moscow insurance giant Ingosstrakh in a move to curb the growth of a "shadow fleet" of vessels carrying Russian oil at a price above an internationally agreed cap.

  • June 14, 2024

    Bitcoin 'Inventor' Drops Case Against Software Developers

    Lawyers for the man who failed to prove he invented bitcoin told a London court on Friday that he has dropped a case brought by his company against software developers as it also turned on his claim to be the pseudonymous inventor of the virtual currency.

  • June 13, 2024

    EU Makes First Ever Formal Pharma Price-Fixing Complaint

    European Union antitrust authorities issued their first ever price-fixing complaint in the pharmaceutical industry Thursday, going after the only company that did not agree to a €13.4 million ($14.4 million) settlement in October.

  • June 13, 2024

    Meta Facing Complaint Over Plans To Train AI With User Data

    A Norwegian consumer protection group has hit Meta with a legal challenge over its plans to deploy its users' data — including images and posts — to train artificial intelligence models.

  • June 13, 2024

    How 3 Firms Cleared 2 Ex-Autonomy Execs In HP Fraud Case

    A California federal jury's rejection last week of fraud charges against the founder and former finance vice president of British software company Autonomy validated an approach by the defendants' three law firms — Steptoe, Clifford Chance and Bird Marella — to form a "seamless" collaboration throughout the trial, from jury selection to closing arguments.

  • June 13, 2024

    Angolan Billionaire Dos Santos Fights £580M Asset Freeze

    The daughter of Angola's former president argued at the Court of Appeal Thursday that the wrong legal test had been applied when telecoms operator Unitel SA secured a £580 million ($740 million) freezing order against her assets.

  • June 13, 2024

    Labour To Set Up Watchdog For COVID Corruption

    The Labour Party promised to create a new COVID-19 corruption tsar and use "every means possible" to recoup public money lost in fraud and failed contracts during the pandemic, as it launched its general election manifesto Thursday.

  • June 13, 2024

    UK Digital Markets Law Will Spur Group Consumer Litigation

    Hastily passed legislation that equipped the competition regulator with the clout to punish companies for breaches of consumer protection will probably spur litigation, lawyers say, although claims will be limited for now after the proposal to extend the class action scheme was abandoned.

  • June 13, 2024

    UK Adds 42 Entries To Russian Financial Sanctions List

    The U.K. government slapped further sanctions on Thursday on 42 individuals and entities involved in sectors of strategic significance to the Russian government, including financial services and defense, as it continues to respond to the unprovoked war waged by Russia against Ukraine.

  • June 13, 2024

    Lawyer Struck Off For Fake Immigration Application Claims

    A solicitor who was imprisoned for helping clients make bogus immigration applications to remain in the U.K. was struck off by a tribunal Thursday.

  • June 13, 2024

    Media Personalities Appear At Court Charged Over Forex Ads

    Six reality TV stars and social media influencers appeared at a London court for the first time Thursday charged with promoting an unauthorized trading scheme online that dealt with high-risk financial products tied to foreign exchange rates.

  • 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. 

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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