Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • 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.

  • May 30, 2024

    Odey Sues FT For Libel After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    Crispin Odey has sued the Financial Times at a London court after the newspaper published articles that contained a string of allegations of sexual misconduct against the well-known financier.

  • May 29, 2024

    Autonomy Founder Pushed Sales Team Hard, Jury Hears

    A federal prosecutor cross-examining ex-Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch on Wednesday in a criminal fraud trial over claims the British tech tycoon conned HP into overpaying billions for his software company sought to portray Lynch as an overbearing leader who put intense pressure on his team to generate "revenue revenue revenue."

  • May 29, 2024

    Malaysia Plans Suits Over $14.9B Award To Sulu Claimants

    Units of Malaysia's national natural gas company are planning to file litigation in Europe against claimants awarded $14.9 billion and their litigation funder following a high-stakes arbitration with the Southeast Asian country over a 19th-century land deal, according to newly filed documents in New York.

  • May 29, 2024

    EU Unveils Office To Police New Artificial Intelligence Law

    The European Union's executive arm on Wednesday unveiled details of its new AI Office to police compliance with the newly launched Artificial Intelligence Act across member states, including financial services.

  • May 29, 2024

    Russian Billionaire Beats Sanctions Over Lack Of Evidence

    The European Union lacked justification to sanction billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov following Russia's invasion of Ukraine since there's no credible evidence he's a leading figure in economic industries vital to the government, an EU court ruled Wednesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Barrister Fined For Not Disclosing SRA Investigation

    A lawyer was fined £5,000 ($6,360) Wednesday for not informing the barrister's regulator of an investigation into him by the Solicitors Regulation Authority over a failure to safeguard client information and assets by a law firm he ran.

  • May 29, 2024

    Belarus Airline Can't Curb Sanctions Over Lukashenko Ties

    The General Court of the European Union upheld sanctions against a Belarusian airline on Wednesday, ruling that the carrier is backed by President Alexander Lukashenko and helped to facilitate the illegal entry of migrants from the Middle East into the bloc.

  • May 29, 2024

    FCA Warns Firms To Prepare Better For Disrupted Operations

    The Financial Conduct Authority has warned businesses that some are taking the wrong approach to maintaining operation of important services during a crisis, such as after a cyberattack.

  • May 28, 2024

    Autonomy Founder Says HP 'Panicked,' Tried To Unwind Deal

    Autonomy founder Michael Lynch testified Tuesday in a California federal criminal trial over claims he conned HP into overpaying for his company that HP's board "panicked" after news of the acquisition leaked and HP's stock dropped 20%, that HP fired its CEO and that it attempted to back out of the deal.

  • May 28, 2024

    RBS, Lloyds Bank, Others Ink $1.9M Libor Settlement

    A group of plaintiffs in the yearslong suit alleging several big banks manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor, have reached a $1.9 million settlement with the Royal Banks of Scotland, Lloyds Bank and others, bringing the total settlement recovery amount to more than $780 million.

  • May 28, 2024

    Property Firm Fined £12K For Anti-Money Laundering Failures

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority fined a London property solicitors £12,777 ($16,300) after the firm carried out transactions for partners and their family members without appropriate anti-money laundering policies.

  • May 28, 2024

    Major Insurers Face £472M Claim For Russia-Stranded Planes

    An aircraft lessor has brought a £472 million ($604 million) claim against dozens of major insurers over planes stranded since the invasion of Ukraine, following a landmark London court ruling that blocked attempts to move similar cases to Russia.

  • May 28, 2024

    Police To Expand Criminal Probe Into Post Office Scandal

    The criminal investigation into the Post Office IT scandal will be expanded to examine whether senior executives should be charged with per­jury and perverting the course of justice, the Metropolitan Police said Tuesday, the latest chapter in the major miscarriage of justice.

  • May 28, 2024

    UK Gov't Faces Threat Of Fresh Infected-Blood Litigation

    Lawyers representing victims of the infected blood scandal have said they could restart civil litigation against the government unless it accepts findings that officials failed to warn the public of the risks of treatment and keep patients safe. 

  • May 28, 2024

    EU Investment Firms Told To Upgrade Marketing Reports

    The European Union's financial markets regulator has said that investment firms should improve their marketing disclosures to investors, calling on national watchdogs to act against rule-breakers.

  • May 24, 2024

    The UK Laws That Will Pass Or Fail As Election Looms

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's decision to call an early general election to be held on July 4 has left several pieces of legislation hanging in the balance during the so-called "wash-up" period before Parliament is formally dissolved, while others have been pushed through. 

  • May 24, 2024

    UK's 2nd CPO Settlement Points To More Scrutiny On Payouts

    Britain's competition tribunal scrutinized how the U.K.'s second-ever class action settlement will be handed out to rail passengers before approving the deal, shedding light on what information it will expect to see before signing off on future settlements.

  • May 24, 2024

    Labour Gov't Could Force Big Tech Into Fraud Repayments

    A potential new Labour government means a turning point in tackling financial fraud if it should force big tech companies like Meta and Google to join banks in having to reimburse customers duped into sending fraudsters money, according to lawyers.

  • May 24, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 24, 2024

    Banking 'Selfie' Fraudster Gets 3 Years In Prison

    A fraudster was handed a three-year prison sentence for making fake applications to obtain loans and pensions potentially losing banks around £178,000 ($227,000), the Crown Prosecution Service announced Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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