Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • June 04, 2024

    Microsoft Failing To Protect Students' Data, EU Watchdog Told

    A prominent Austrian advocacy group is urging the country's data protection authority to take a closer look at how Microsoft is protecting children's personal information, arguing the tech giant is unfairly trying to "shift" its responsibility under European Union privacy law to the schools that use its educational software and is secretly tracking minors' online activities.

  • June 04, 2024

    HP Fraud Charges Against Ex-Autonomy Execs Head To Jury

    Closing arguments wrapped Tuesday in a California federal criminal trial over claims that former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch and ex-finance vice president Stephen Chamberlain duped HP into overpaying billions for the British tech company, with Chamberlain's lawyer saying his client did his job "in good faith," which, in the court's eyes, is a "complete defense."

  • June 04, 2024

    Art Dealer Can't Block Qatari Sheikh's $3M Forgery Claim

    A London judge on Tuesday refused to strike out a claim brought by a Qatari sheikh and his investment fund that a Swiss antiques dealer falsified the provenance of a $3 million marble head of Alexander the Great, ruling it is not abusive relitigation.

  • June 04, 2024

    Ex-Clarke Willmott Lawyer Suspended For Sexual Misconduct

    A former Clarke Willmott LLP partner was suspended on Tuesday after a disciplinary tribunal found he was guilty of sexual misconduct for refusing to leave a female partner's hotel room, trying to pull her on to a bed and asking for sex.

  • June 04, 2024

    NHS Hospitals Hit By Major Cyberattack In London

    Hospitals in London have been hobbled by a "major" cyberattack that has disrupted procedures and hampered services, including blood tests and transfusions, as patients are diverted to other sites.

  • June 04, 2024

    Payments Biz Can't Revive Anti-Fraud Tech Patent On Appeal

    A payments compliance company cannot restore its patent over software designed to limit fraud in call centers because the idea is obvious in light of two earlier U.S. patents covering similar technology, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.

  • June 04, 2024

    IT Review Would Be Disclosed To Court, Post Office Warned

    An internal Post Office report warned that any independent review of the faulty IT system used to prosecute innocent people would have to be disclosed in court, according to documents disclosed to the inquiry into the scandal on Tuesday.

  • June 04, 2024

    EU Watchdogs Demand Tighter Greenwashing Controls

    The European Union's financial regulators on Tuesday called on national regulators across the bloc to take tougher steps to combat greenwashing, using more resources and stepping up enforcement.

  • June 04, 2024

    Austrian Authorities Reveal Spike In Fake Companies

    The number of fake companies in Austria is increasing, according to data from the Finance Ministry, which said that it hoped a new law would aid in combating the trend.

  • June 03, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy CEO 'Had 500M Reasons' For Fraud, Jury Told

    Autonomy's ex-CEO Michael Lynch "had 500 million reasons to defraud HP," since he reaped $500 million by selling his company to the tech giant at an inflated price, a federal prosecutor argued Monday during closings for the businessman's criminal trial, while Lynch's lawyer told jurors, "HP was not a victim."

  • June 03, 2024

    Broker Blames Mexican Insurance Co. In $18.7M Fraud Row

    A London-based insurance broker has denied responsibility for the $18.7 million claimed by a Mexican reinsurance broker and one of its clients, saying the North American company was the "author of its own misfortune" and to blame for not spotting fraud that caused the losses.

  • June 03, 2024

    Mammoth Swipe Fees Cases Joined Together In Pass On Trial

    Two mammoth class actions against Mastercard and Visa will be heard together at a trial in November to resolve common issues about whether retailers passed on the credit and debit card giants' fees to consumers, a London tribunal has ruled.

  • June 03, 2024

    Energy Exec Would Have Axed Trader If Told Of Side Hustle

    The founder of an energy company has denied knowing that a biodiesel trader accused of pocketing £5.2 million ($6.6 million) in secret commissions had a side business trading in alternative fuel, testifying on Monday that the employee would have been sacked if he had been aware.

  • June 03, 2024

    Director Fined For Withholding Info From Pensions Regulator

    The director of a shooting range has been ordered by a crown court to pay a total of £15,000 ($19,000) for withholding information from The Pensions Regulator as it investigated his company, the watchdog has said.

  • June 03, 2024

    Geale Takes Helm At Payments Watchdog, Hemsley Resigns

    The Payment Systems Regulator said on Monday that its managing director Chris Hemsley has resigned and Financial Conduct Authority Director David Geale will replace him temporarily with almost immediate effect.

  • May 31, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen financier Crispin Odey file a defamation claim against the Financial Times, Ford hit with the latest "Dieselgate" claim and a human rights activist bring a privacy claim against Saudi Arabia. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 31, 2024

    Solicitor Struck Off For Using Client's Card At ATM

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has struck off a former partner at a Midlands law firm after she admitted she had been jailed for withdrawing thousands of pounds from an elderly client's bank account.

  • May 31, 2024

    Law Firm Denies Promoting Misleading Investment Scheme

    A law firm has denied an accusation by the Financial Conduct Authority that it assisted a client in promoting a misleading care home investment scheme, arguing it provided legal advice in "good faith" based on the information it was given.

  • June 07, 2024

    Quillon Law Strengthens Litigation Team With Commercial Pro

    Quillon Law LLP has recruited Alina Neal, an experienced litigator, from Stephenson Harwood LLP as counsel as the litigation boutique seeks to expand its commercial and financial disputes practice.

  • May 31, 2024

    EU Watchdog Warns Retail Investment Firms Of AI Pitfalls

    The European Union's markets regulator has issued guidance for firms using artificial intelligence to give investment services to retail clients, warning of risks like biased decision-making.

  • May 31, 2024

    Anti-Fraud Agency Sued For £144K Over Unjustified Suspicion

    The operator of the U.K.'s national fraud database is being sued for £144,000 ($183,000) for allegedly marking a London resident's bank activity for suspected fraud without any justification and severely affecting his credit rating.

  • May 30, 2024

    Autonomy VP Declines To Take Stand As Fraud Trial Nears End

    Testimony wrapped Thursday in a California federal criminal trial over claims that former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch and finance vice president Stephen Chamberlain duped HP into overpaying billions for the British tech company, as Chamberlain opted not to testify in his own defense after Lynch stepped off the witness stand.

  • May 30, 2024

    Bulgarian Fraudsters Get 25 Years For Major Benefits Scam

    Five Bulgarian individuals were sentenced to more than 25 years in prison Thursday after admitting to making £54 million ($68.7 million) in fraudulent benefits claims, the largest-ever scam of its kind.

  • May 30, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Fights 10-Year Sentence In OneCoin Case

    A former Locke Lord LLP partner urged the Second Circuit Wednesday to ax his 10-year prison sentence and conviction for laundering around $400 million in proceeds from the global OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, saying the case was contaminated by perjury and errors at the trial court level.

  • May 30, 2024

    Bar Calls For Inquiry Amid Criminal Case Backlog 'Crisis'

    The Bar Council called on Thursday for an independent public inquiry to carry out a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system in order to resolve the backlog of cases currently at "crisis levels."

Expert Analysis

  • Acquisition Of AI Tech Poses Challenges For Media Industry

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    The artificial intelligence regulatory landscape is changing quickly, and media and entertainment companies planning to acquire AI technology through a merger, acquisition or licensing deal should be mindful of potential new compliance requirements and AI-specific insurance products, say lawyers at Covington.

  • What Extending Corporate Liability Will Mean For Foreign Cos.

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    Certain sections of the Economic Crime Act enacted in December 2023 make it easier to prosecute companies for economic crimes committed abroad, and organizations need to consider their exposure and the new ways they can be held liable for the actions of their personnel, say Dan Hudson at Seladore Legal and Christopher Coltart at 2 Hare Court.

  • Due Diligence Pointers After Entain Deferred Prosecution Deal

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    The Crown Prosecution Service's £615 million settlement with Entain last month signifies that the CPS is a serious enforcer of corporate crime, and illustrates the importance of carrying out a tailored risk assessment in preparation for and following an acquisition, say Matthew Cowie and Aziz Rahman at Rahman Ravelli.

  • A Consequential Moment For Sanctions Activity

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    It is clear from the U.K. Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation's review of the 2022-2023 financial year that the unprecedented scale of designated persons and the value of assets frozen as a result has placed enormous pressure on OFSI and its partners, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

  • ECJ Ruling Triggers Reconsiderations Of Using AI In Hiring

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    A recent European Court of Justice ruling, clarifying that the General Data Protection Regulation could apply to decisions made by artificial intelligence, serves as a warning to employers, as the use of AI in recruitment may lead to more discrimination claims, say Dino Wilkinson and James Major at Clyde & Co.

  • Economic Crime Act Offers Welcome Reform To AML Regime

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    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act exemption for mixed-property transactions that came into force on Jan. 15 as part of the U.K.'s anti-money laundering regime is long overdue, and should end economic harm to businesses, giving banks confidence to adopt a more pragmatic approach, say Matthew Getz and Joseph Fox-Davies at Pallas Partners.

  • 3 Financial Services Hot Topics To Watch In 2024

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    Technology, ESG and private markets are set to have the greatest impact on financial markets in 2024, as firms grapple with increasing regulatory change and a shifting political backdrop on both sides of the Atlantic, says Matthew Allen at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Key Litigation Funding Rulings Will Drive Reform In 2024

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    Ground-breaking judgments on disputes funding and fee arrangements from 2023 — including that litigation funding agreements could be damages-based agreements, rendering them unenforceable — will bring legislative changes in 2024, which could have a substantial impact on litigation risk for several sectors, say Verity Jackson-Grant and David Bridge at Simmons & Simmons.

  • 10 Global Antitrust Trends To Anticipate In 2024

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    Proactive navigation of the antitrust enforcement environment remains crucial this year as legal policy and tools evolve to meet intensifying global economic complexity, including geopolitical tensions, trade realignment, market volatility and inflation, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • Breaking Down The New Rules For High Net Worth Individuals

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    Andrew Northage at Walker Morris outlines what businesses need to be aware of to ensure ongoing compliance with revised conditions in the U.K. government's updated financial promotion exemptions for high net worth individuals and sophisticated investors, and suggests a few practical tips for businesses to follow.

  • How Data Privacy Law Cases Are Evolving In UK, EU And US

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    To see where the law is heading in 2024, it is worth looking at privacy litigation and enforcement trends from last year, where we saw a focus on General Data Protection Regulation regulatory enforcement actions in the U.K. and EU, and class actions brought by private plaintiffs in the U.S., say lawyers at Morgan Lewis.

  • Misleading Airline Ads Offer Lessons To Avoid Greenwashing

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    Following the Advertising Standards Authority's recent decision that three airlines' adverts misled customers about their environmental impact, companies should ensure that their green claims comply with legal standards to avoid risking reputational damage, which could have financial repercussions, say Elaina Bailes and Olivia Shaw at Stewarts.

  • CMA Guidance Can Help Businesses Act On Climate Change

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    Guidance recently published by the Competition and Markets Authority, which explains how competition law applies to sustainability and climate change agreements, provides clarity for businesses seeking to collaborate and emphasizes the regulator’s open-door policy, says Andrew Maxwell at Freeths.

  • An Overview Of UK Short Selling Regulation Reforms

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    The steps taken by the U.K. government to reform the short selling regime show a thoughtful and considered approach and a willingness to listen to industry feedback in adapting the legacy EU regime to the realities of the U.K. markets, say Anna Maleva-Otto and Matthew Dow at Schulte Roth.

  • Supreme Court Ruling Is A Gift To Insolvency Practitioners

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    As corporate criminal liability is in sharp focus, the Supreme Court's recent decision in Palmer v. Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court that administrators are not company officers and should not be held liable under U.K. labor law is instructive in focusing on the substance and not merely the title of a person's role within a company, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

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