Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • 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."

  • May 30, 2024

    Co-Founder Says French Incubator Wants To 'Destroy' Him

    A co-founder of a French incubator has urged a London court to throw out a claim brought against him by his former company over allegedly misappropriated funds, saying the aim of the "vexatious and oppressive" litigation was to "destroy" him.

  • May 30, 2024

    Fuel Trader's Side Hustle Was No Secret, Colleagues Say

    Former colleagues of a biodiesel trader accused of pocketing £5.2 million ($6.5 million) in secret commissions testified at a London court on Thursday that it was "no secret" he ran a side business buying and selling alternative fuel.

  • May 30, 2024

    Big Tech Must Help Reimburse Fraud Victims, City Group Says

    The next U.K. government should implement legislation that forces big tech and social media giants to shoulder some of the financial burden for victims of online fraud, a financial services trade group said Thursday.

  • May 30, 2024

    EU Adopts New AML Measures, Sets Up Supervisory Agency

    The Council of the European Union adopted anti-money laundering measures on Thursday in a move to close loopholes exploited by organized crime, which include setting up a dedicated agency to fight illicit financial activities across the bloc.

Expert Analysis

  • A Look At The Latest EU Alternative Investment Regulation

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    Recent amendments to the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive governing a range of alternative investment funds reflect a growing regulatory focus on nonbanking financial institutions, which expand credit to support economic growth but carry a commensurate risk, say Juliette Mills and Alix Prentice at Cadwalader.

  • Unpacking The Law Commission's Digital Assets Consultation

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    The Law Commission recently published a consultation on recognizing a third personal property category to accommodate the development of digital assets, highlighting difficulties with current models of property rights and the potential consequences of considering digital assets as personal property, say Andrew Tsang and Tom Bacon at BCLP.

  • Unpacking The FCA's Approach To AML Compliance Failures

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    In light of the upward trend of skilled-person reviews by the Financial Conduct Authority, including the latest investigation into Lloyds' anti-money laundering controls, financial firms should familiarize themselves with the mechanisms of FCA supervision and enforcement investigations, says Kathryn Westmore at RUSI.

  • New Russia Sanctions Reveal Int'l Enforcement Capabilities

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    Significant new U.K., U.S. and EU sanctions imposed on Russia notably target Europe-based individuals and entities accused of sanctions evasion, and with an apparent political will to enhance capabilities, the rhetoric is translating into international enforcement activity, say lawyers at Cadwalader.

  • Legal Sector Will Benefit From New Data Security Standard

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office-approved new privacy certification scheme for the legal profession will inevitably become the default for law firms, chambers and vendors to prove their U.K. General Data Protection Regulation compliance, says Orlagh Kelly at Briefed.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • EU Inquiry Offers First Insight Into Foreign Subsidy Law

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    The European Commission's first in-depth investigation under the Foreign Subsidies Regulation into a public procurement process, and subsequent brief on regulatory trends, sheds light on the commission's approach to such cases, as well as jurisdictional, procedural and substantive issues under the regulation, says Matthew Hall at McGuireWoods.

  • Opinion

    PACCAR Should Be 1st Step To Regulating Litigation Funders

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    Rather than reversing the U.K. Supreme Court's well-reasoned judgment in PACCAR v. Competition Appeal Tribunal, imposing a regulatory regime on litigation funders in parity with that of lawyers, legislators should build upon it to create a more transparent, competitive and fairer funding industry, says Rosa Curling at Foxglove.

  • EEA Equivalence Statement Is Welcomed By Fund Managers

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    The recent statement confirming European Economic Area equivalence to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities for U.K. overseas funds regime purposes removes many managers’ concerns in the wake of Brexit, giving a clear pathway out of temporary marketing permissions and easing the transition from one regime to another, says Catherine Weeks at Simmons & Simmons.

  • In Int'l Arbitration Agreements, Be Clear About Governing Law

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    A trilogy of recent cases in the English High Court and Court of Appeal highlight the importance of parties agreeing to explicit choice of law language at the outset of an arbitration agreement in order to avoid costly legal skirmishes down the road, say lawyers at Faegre Drinker.

  • Post Office Scandal Stresses Key Directors Duties Lessons

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    The Post Office scandal, involving hundreds of wrongful convictions of subpostmasters based on an IT failure, offers lessons for company directors on the magnitude of the impact that a failure to fulfill their duties can have on employees and the company, says Simon Goldberg at Simons Muirhead.

  • Employer Tips For Handling Data Subject Access Requests

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    As employers face numerous employee data-subject access requests — and the attendant risks of complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office — issues such as managing deadlines and sifting through data make compliance more difficult, highlighting the importance of efficient internal processes and clear communication when responding to a request, say Gwynneth Tan and Amy Leech at Shoosmiths.

  • Comparing UK And EU's View On 3rd-Party Service Providers

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    The U.K. is taking welcome steps to address the lack of direct oversight over critical third-party service providers, and although less onerous than that of the EU Digital Operational Resilience Act, the U.K. regime's proportionate approach is designed to make providers more robust and reliable, say lawyers at Shearman.

  • CMA Road Map Helps Cos. Prepare For UK Digital Markets Bill

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    Although only provisional, the recent publication of the Competition and Markets Authority's road map for the implementation of the U.K. Digital Markets Bill demonstrates that the regulator is keen to reassure Parliament that it takes accountability seriously, and that there will be sufficient safeguards in place regarding its decision making, say lawyers at Morgan Lewis.

  • Opinion

    European Union Criticisms Of The FCPA Are Misguided

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    Some in the European Union have criticized U.S. enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for what they perceive as jurisdictional overreach, but this appears to overlook the crucial fact that jurisdiction is voluntary, and critics should focus instead on the lack of equivalent laws in their own region, say John Joy and YuTong Wang at FTI Law.

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