Sanctions: what tech companies should consider

While sanctions restrict trade and dealings with specified individuals, entities and states, export controls restrict the distribution of specified products & services, namely military goods and items that can have a dual civilian and military use. In the past, compliance with sanction and export regimes was largely seen to be […]

High Court supports SFO bid to obtain documents claimed as privileged

In a landmark ruling on 8 May 2017, the High Court ordered that the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (“ENRC”) should hand over to the SFO documents prepared during an internal investigation, despite the fact that the documents had been generated by lawyers (including external solicitors). In 2011, ENRC began an […]

Court clarifies jurisdiction to exempt bank from potential criminal liability for making payments before NCA approval received

What happens when a company’s bank accounts are frozen and, as a result, faces imminent collapse, but the bank opposes a court application to process key transactions on the basis that if the bank is made to do so by the court, the bank may be guilty of a criminal […]

Failure to Prevent Criminal Facilitation of Tax Evasion

The new UK “failure to prevent criminal facilitation of tax evasion” domestic and overseas offences will almost certainly become effective in or before September 2017. What does this mean for companies and firms? The offences threaten criminal liability in connection with policing the acts of others. Strict liability is imposed […]

Tesco announces Deferred Prosecution Agreement

It was announced last week that Tesco PLC’s subsidiary, Tesco Stores Ltd, has finalised the terms of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the SFO (subject to court ratification on 10 April 2017). The DPA concludes the SFO’s two-year investigation into accounting practices in 2014 that left a £326 million […]

UK/European crime-fighting coordination post Brexit “a priority”

As anticipated in our blog last June, the impact of Brexit on how the UK’s crime-fighting agencies will interact with their European counterparts is now firmly on the agenda. On 6 March, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, announced that remaining in the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) system will be “a […]

UK Government responds to International Development Committee’s Fourth Report 2016/2017

In October 2016, the International Development Committee put forward 13 recommendations for the improvement of the UK Government efforts to tackle overseas corruption. Last month the UK Government published its response. The Government agreed with seven recommendations: assess the extent of money laundered through the UK and continue to lobbying […]

Government considering reform to hold companies more accountable for economic crime

The Ministry of Justice has announced that it has commenced a consultation with businesses on the introduction of legislation aimed at tackling corporate economic crime and is seeking views on the extent to which reform is required. This follows on from the Prime Minister’s anti-corruption summit on 12 May 2016 […]

The new Criminal Finances Bill setting out new anti-money laundering powers has had its first reading

On 13 October 2016 the Criminal Finances Bill (the “Bill”) had its first reading in the House of Commons. In addition to introducing Unexplained Wealth Orders (described in our blog below), the Bill sets out a number of new anti-money laundering powers. The Bill will: enable the seizure and forfeiture […]

New crime bill to introduce Unexplained Wealth Orders

The Government is due to publish a new proceeds of crime bill tomorrow, which will introduce Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs), as reported in The Times (paywall). UWOs would allow the police to apply for an order to require individuals to explain their source of wealth where it exceeds their lawful income. […]