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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 It can be withdrawn where an attempt is made to abuse it for wrongful purposes.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The Serious Organised Crime Agency has been replaced by the National Crime Agency as the UK’s national crime fighting agency.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


The Bribery Act bites: steps businesses should take

The Bribery Act 2010's first prosecution has been brought by the Serious Fraud Office. This note summarises the offences, steps businesses should take and details on the SFO’s first prosecution.
10 October 2013


Deferred Prosecution Agreements available in 2014

Following closure of the Serious Fraud Office’s consultation on the use of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs), DPAs could be available to prosecutors as early as February 2014.
10 October 2013

Guilty until proven innocent: Court assumes those without extra income use 'hot' money

In the case of Serious Organised Crime Agency v Turrall, the High Court has taken the view that items of property have been purchased with the proceeds of crime and are, therefore, recoverable.
04 October 2013

High Court allows the SFO to withdraw admission of liability in Tchenguiz brothers case

High Court allows the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to withdraw a previous admission that it had committed trespass as a result of executing unlawful search warrants against the Tchenguiz brothers. 
20 June 2013
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