NCA sees off challenge to its first UWO
The new powers of unexplained wealth orders (UWO) and the supporting “interim freezing orders” commenced on 31 January 2018. Criticism has been made of government authorities' (the NCA, HMRC, the FCA, the SFO and the CPS) seeming reluctance to avail themselves of their newfound investigative tool.
Dirty laundry: Do British businesses risk being tarnished by new EU anti-money laundering rules post-Brexit?
Fieldfisher corporate crime partner Francesca Titus and corporate crime associate Elliott Kenton discuss how moves to tighten up EU AML legislation could side-line UK companies.
The Criminal Finances Act to come into force targeting tax evasion
UK companies could be liable for prosecution and unlimited fines when one of the strictest and most wide ranging pieces of tax legislation becomes law.
Government publishes guidance to corporate tax evasion offences
Today the Government has published guidance for the corporate tax evasion offences which come into force on 30 September
SFO announces charges in Barclays Qatar capital raising case
The Serious Fraud Office ("SFO") announced today that Barclays and four former senior executives have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and the provision of unlawful financial assistance.
Corporate Liability for Economic Crime
The Government is examining the case for reform of the law on corporate liability for economic crime, and has commenced an open call for evidence.
Rolls-Royce - cooperation not confession unlocks DPA
The Serious Fraud Office has entered into a significant Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with Rolls-Royce PLC. Approved in principle by Sir Brian Leveson QC on 16 January 2017.
Rolls-Royce - Cooperation not confession unlocks 50% DPA discount
Yesterday was a significant day for the SFO as its Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with Rolls-Royce PLC was given the seal of approval by Sir Brian Leveson.
SFO Secures Deferred Prosecution Agreement and LIBOR Convictions
The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) will be celebrating after securing two significant public wins last week
Head of Corporate Crime raises concerns at "the continued march of criminal law into the business sphere"
Head of Fraud and Corporate Crime raises concerns at possibility of businesses being held accountable for crimes committed by people over whom they have no control.
Deferred Prosecution Agreements come of age
The SFO will be justifiably satisfied with court approval of the first UK DPA but Tony Lewis and Natalie Quinlivan find the case raises questions about scope for application of the new tool
SFO secures first Deferred Prosecution Agreement
After many months of speculation, it was announced today that ICBC Standard Bank Plc has become the first entity in the UK to enter into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the SFO.
How to guard against bribery and corruption in the tender process
Any company caught paying bribes faces the prospect of a criminal conviction, an unlimited fine and terrible publicity.
Expertise activity stream
Francesca Titus and Elliott Kenton published 'Dirty laundry: Do British businesses risk being tarnished by new EU anti-money laundering rules post-Brexit?'
Tony Lewis and Nicola Sewell published 'How effective is the Bribery Act?: Fieldfisher submits evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee'
Tony Lewis, Francesca Titus and Elliott Kenton published 'Unexplained Wealth Orders - What you need to know'
Tony Lewis, Francesca Titus and Nathan Capone published 'Government publishes guidance to corporate tax evasion offences'
Tony Lewis and Alexandra Underwood published 'SFO announces charges in Barclays Qatar capital raising case'
Tony Lewis published 'SFO v ENRC judgment could signal the demise of business cooperation with the SFO'
Tony Lewis is mentioned in 'SFO v ENRC judgment could signal the demise of business cooperation with the SFO'