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LIBOR Prison Blues: SFO secures 14 year sentence for trader

A former UBS and Citigroup trader, Tom Hayes, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after he was found guilty of conspiring to manipulate LIBOR, one of the most severe SFO sentences to date.
14 August 2015


Protecting cash from criminality: when property becomes criminal for purposes of POCA 2002

In R v GH [2015] UKSC 24, the Supreme Court considered the law relating to money laundering prosecutions. We review the judgement and give practical reminders on their money laundering obligations.
05 August 2015


Serious Crime Act 2015 provides protection from civil liability

Section 37 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 which came into force on 1 June 2015 is likely to be welcomed by those operating in the regulated sector. We take a closer look.
08 June 2015


Over privileged and under investigation: SFO challenges use of privilege

The SFO has expressed dissatisfaction with businesses that use legal privilege as a defence against disclosing documentation while under investigation and vows to challenge this in the Courts.
22 May 2015


Gambling, money laundering and reasonable suspicion: a bank's right to freeze accounts

The High Court ruled in Iraj Parvizi v Barclays Bank Plc that a bank freezing a customer's bank account where there was a real suspicion of money laundering did not constitute a breach of contract.
23 April 2015


Guilty until proven innocent: a new offence of failing to prevent economic crime

In response to financial sector scandals in recent years, the Government is considering extending criminal law to the corporate sphere with plans for an offence of failing to prevent economic crime.
18 December 2014


Bribes, secret commissions and Monaco hotels

We examine FHR European Ventures LLP and others v Cedar Capital Partners LLC [2014] UKSC 45 in which the Supreme Court ruled a bribe received by an agent is held by them on trust for his principal.
14 November 2014


Bribery calls: $770m AgustaWestland helicopter deal was cancelled by Indian government

India's Ministry of Defence has sought to "terminate with immediate effect" a $770 million deal with AgustaWestland for supplying 12 transport helicopters due to allegations of bribery and corruption.
03 October 2014

High Court reminder that privilege can be lost due to iniquity

Privilege is a protection from having to hand over relevant documents which the law permits as an exception. It can be withdrawn where an attempt is made to abuse it for wrongful purposes.
22 August 2014

FCA hits brokers again over anti-bribery failings

Lloyd's broker Besso Ltd joins Aon, Willis and JLT Specialty in being fined by the FCA for anti-bribery systems and controls failings, as part of the FCA's continued targeted enforcement.
29 April 2014


The Bribery Act 2010: SFO targets construction and energy industries

The construction and energy sectors will be subjected to anti-bribery investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. We look at The Bribery Act 2010 and highlight crucial steps to minimise the risks.
06 January 2014


The National Crime Agency ; a British FBI?

The Serious Organised Crime Agency has been replaced by the National Crime Agency as the UK’s national crime fighting agency. We look at the NCA’s role in investigating and preventing economic crime.
06 December 2013
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