Corporate Crime

Rolls-Royce Execs fear being Rolled over

Rolls-Royce Execs fear being Rolled over

Legal commentators have rightly hailed last week’s announcement of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) between the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Rolls-Royce as a huge victory for the SFO. It signals the arrival of the SFO in the “big league” of prosecutor/regulators for financial misconduct and represents a truly devastating judgement against Rolls-Royce. However, the. Read more

Trump card in compliance

Trump card in compliance

Are we about to undergo a fundamental sea change in how to approach anti corrupt practices with the arrival of President Trump? As indicated in Bribery: A Compliance Handbook the inspiration for the Bribery Act is often seen to be the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the US. The sense that the UK is seeking to. Read more

DPAs Don’t Come Cheap

DPAs Don’t Come Cheap

First Judgment reveals factors that a court may use in DPA approval – AND –comments on adequate procedures The long awaited first DPA has come with a hefty price tag after ICMB Standard Bank agreed to pay $33 million US$ for failing to prevent corruption. This was also the first conviction under section 7 of. Read more

Using the Proceeds of Crime Act against property companies and landlords

Using the Proceeds of Crime Act against property companies and landlords

The last few years has seen an unusual development in the use of proceeds of crime legislation against landlords. The proceeds of crime legislation is a powerful tool in the armoury of the police and investigative authorities to ensure, in the words of the former Serious and Organised Crime Agency, “that the ill-gotten gains of. Read more

The Bribery Act 2010: An International Act with Far Reaching Consequences for Business

The Bribery Act 2010: An International Act with Far Reaching Consequences for Business

By Adrian Eissa This article first appeared on Corporate Live Wire on 24th July 2015. Adrian Eissa argues that UK businesses and those who perform services for them need to ensure that they take steps to comply with the Bribery Act. The foreword to the United Nations Convention against Corruption(1) declares that: “Corruption is an insidious. Read more

Recent changes to the Proceeds of Crime Act

Recent changes to the Proceeds of Crime Act

By Peter Doyle QC, 25 Bedford Row This article first appeared on www.25bedfordrow.com on 25th July 2105. Despite the perception that POCA 2002 successfully operated so as to provide a draconian confiscation regime stripping criminals of the proceeds of their crimes and in so doing going some way to deter others from embarking on serious. Read more

R v Boardman and R v Guraj – The result of limited resources

R v Boardman and R v Guraj – The result of limited resources

The Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) case preparation has been described as “lamentable” by the Court of Appeal in two decisions in so many weeks. It might be assumed that the rulings would provoke a sense of schadenfreude amongst defence lawyers – but the reality is that the CPS‘s woes are felt by all those in. Read more

The Missing Interview Tape and Other Disclosure Issues

The Missing Interview Tape and Other Disclosure Issues

By Liam Gregory, Solicitor, Saunders Law Limited The Defendant’s access to material which may undermine the prosecution case or which supports their version of events is a subject of direct relevance to all those interested in the proper administration of Justice. This article is about disclosure by the prosecution of interview tapes and the likely impact. Read more

A real prospect of DNA exonerations? Disclosure after Nunn

A real prospect of DNA exonerations? Disclosure after Nunn

By James Saunders, Solicitor, Saunders Law Limited Summary: A commentary on R (on the application of Nunn) (Appellant) v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary and another (Respondents). 1 Introduction: Most US States will commission and pay for DNA testing of relevant crime samples if prisoners credibly continue to protest their innocence of serious crime after appeal. Read more

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