Corporate Crime & Compliance UK

  • June 21, 2024

    Russian Bank Founder Hit With Asset Freeze In $850M Claim

    A London judge froze the assets of the co-founder of a Russian bank in a hearing Friday, in the latest development of an $850 million fraud claim in which two Russian lenders are seeking to claw back allegedly embezzled funds.

  • June 21, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 21, 2024

    Salmon Farmers Hit With £382M Price-Fixing Class Action

    Several Atlantic fish farming companies face a £382 million ($482 million) class action on behalf of millions of U.K. consumers who accuse the businesses of running a cartel to artificially inflate salmon prices.

  • June 21, 2024

    European Funds Want Laxer Rules On Derivatives Calls

    A European investment fund industry trade body has called for a reduction in proposed global rules to manage calls for extra money supporting derivatives positions intended to reduce the risk of a market crisis.

  • June 21, 2024

    Axiom Stays £65M Action As Directors Claim Bankruptcy

    A London judge ruled on Friday that shuttered firm Axiom Ince can stay its almost £65 million ($82 million) claim against its ex-director and several of his companies for allegedly misappropriating client funds, saying the main defendant has been declared bankrupt.

  • June 20, 2024

    SRA Confirms 20-Plus Investigations Into Post Office Scandal

    The solicitors' watchdog said Thursday it is running more than 20 investigations into practitioners and law firms implicated in the Post Office IT scandal — but maintained it has no plans to take enforcement action because the public is not at risk. 

  • June 20, 2024

    Mastercard Settles Retailers' Swipe Fees Group Litigation

    Mastercard has settled a class action claim brought by more than 1,900 businesses in ongoing litigation over allegations it imposed excessively high credit card fees on merchants, a person familiar with the case has confirmed.

  • June 20, 2024

    Financial Watchdog Launches First-Ever ESG Probe Into Biz

    The Financial Conduct Authority has opened its first-ever enforcement investigation into a company over climate-related issues, lawyers from an environmental legal campaign group said on Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    FCA Backs Police In Illegal £1B Crypto-Scheme Arrests

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Thursday that it worked with the Metropolitan Police on an operation that resulted in the arrest of two individuals suspected of running an illegal £1 billion ($1.3 billion) crypto-asset business.

  • June 20, 2024

    Tory Donor Charged With Bribing Official To Face 2027 Trial

    An entrepreneur and political donor charged with bribing a public official in the Caribbean to secure contracts for his solar power company will face trial in early 2027, a judge at a London court said Thursday. 

  • June 20, 2024

    UK Gov't Must Face War Crime Libel Claim, Top Court Rules

    A Bangladesh-born British citizen can revive his libel claim over a Home Office report that said he was guilty of war crimes after the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that it was not an abuse of process, allowing it to continue to trial.

  • June 19, 2024

    Drivers Sue Amazon Over Alleged Work Visa Scam

    A group of drivers for Amazon who say they were lured to the U.K. from Spain as part of a sophisticated visa scam have filed an employment claim against the retail giant and its logistics provider.

  • June 19, 2024

    Rosling King And Ex-Client Clash Over Negligence Claim

    Tonstate Group and its former legal counsel Rosling King LLP sought Wednesday to toss parts of each other's cases in the claim by the investment company accusing the law firm of negligently managing litigation against Tonstate's ex-CEO.

  • June 19, 2024

    Russian Billionaire Loses Bid To Overturn EU Sanctions

    The European Union's General Court upheld sanctions against Russian billionaire Igor Rotenberg on Wednesday, ruling that there is enough evidence to show he profited from Russia supporting companies he managed and owned shares in.

  • June 19, 2024

    Mastercard Cuts Time-Barred Claims From £10B Class Action

    A London tribunal has wiped out a swathe of claims from a £10 billion ($12.7 billion) class action against Mastercard for being time-barred, dismissing allegations on Wednesday that the credit card giant had hidden information about its interchange fees from consumers.

  • June 19, 2024

    PPE Distributor Claims $11M Lost In 'Secret Commissions'

     A British medical supplier is suing its former agent for $10.8 million for allegedly defrauding it by taking secret commission on orders of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 19, 2024

    Train Operator Denies Hiding Cheaper Fares From Passengers

    A rail operator told a class action trial in London on Wednesday that allegations by rail passengers that it had concealed the existence of cheaper tickets from customers are not backed up by any evidence.

  • June 19, 2024

    Nasdaq Stockholm Fined $9.6M For Compliance Breaches

    The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority said Wednesday that it has fined Nasdaq Stockholm 100 million Swedish krona ($9.6 million) for failing to maintain adequate trade monitoring systems and initiating trading in financial instruments without the necessary approval.

  • June 18, 2024

    Train Operators' Boundary-Fare Class Action Trial Opens

    At a class action trial in London on Tuesday, rail passengers accused English rail operators of abusing their dominant market position by failing to sell cheaper tickets to some customers and forcing them to pay up to double the price for their journey.

  • June 18, 2024

    Solicitor Who Stalked Ex-Girlfriend Struck Off

    A solicitor convicted of stalking over repeatedly kicking his ex-girlfriend's door and threatening to "sort her out" has been struck off by a tribunal Tuesday.

  • June 18, 2024

    Ex-Yukos Oil Investors Auction Russian Vodka TMs For €1.6M

    The former shareholders of Yukos Oil Co. said Monday they have auctioned the Benelux rights to trademarks for 18 Russian vodka brands, including Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya, as they continue their effort to enforce $50 billion in arbitral awards against Russia.

  • June 18, 2024

    HSBC Hit With Swiss Restrictions After Compliance Breaches

    Switzerland's financial regulator said Tuesday that HSBC's Swiss private bank had breached anti-money laundering requirements in banking transactions with two high-profile individuals, restricting its new business relationships until it completes reviews overseen by a monitor.

  • June 18, 2024

    EU Finance Watchdogs Call For Improved Sustainability Rules

    The European Union's financial regulators called on legislators Tuesday to improve rules on disclosing sustainability in funds, introducing product categorization to combat greenwashing problems.

  • June 18, 2024

    Serco Settles Landmark Shareholder Dispute Mid-Trial

    Serco settled a landmark shareholders' claim on Tuesday with investors who sued the outsourcing giant for compensation over an overbilling scandal that caused its share price to nosedive.

  • June 17, 2024

    OECD Tax Plan Is Developing Nations' Best Choice, Prof Says

    Developing countries could gain more revenue from the OECD's multilateral plan to tax the digital economy than the U.N. Tax Committee's bilateral alternative because they have small treaty networks, many customers and few large companies, an academic argued Monday during an Oxford University panel.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Computer Evidence Is Not Always Reliable In Court

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    Recent challenges to the admissibility of encrypted communication from the messaging tool EncroChat highlight the flawed presumption in the U.K. common law framework that computer evidence is always accurate, and why a nuanced assessment of such evidence is needed, say Sam De Silva and Josie Welland at CMS Legal.

  • Comparing The UK And EU Approaches To AI Regulation

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    While there are significant points of convergence between the recently published U.K. approach to artificial intelligence regulation and the EU AI Act, there is also notable divergence between them, and it appears that the U.K. will remain a less regulatory environment for AI in the foreseeable future, say lawyers at Steptoe.

  • Lessons On Using 3rd-Party Disclosure Orders In Fraud Cases

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    The expansion of the gateway for service out of jurisdiction regarding third-party information orders has proven to be an effective tool against fraud since it was introduced in 2022, and recent case law offers practical tips on what applicants should be aware of when submitting such orders, says Rosie Wild at Cooke Young.

  • Compliance Points To Know About The EU Digital Services Act

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    Online service providers in the European Union should prioritize understanding the scope of the recently implemented Digital Services Act, their specific legal obligations under it and the practical steps they must take to comply with the new law while obeying a raft of overlapping EU digital reforms, say Leo Moore and Róisín Culligan at William Fry.

  • Independent Regulator Could Chip Away At FIFA Autonomy

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    After the U.K.'s recent proposal for an independent football regulator, FIFA's commitment to safeguarding football association autonomy remains unwavering, despite a history of complexities arising from controversies in the bidding and hosting of major tournaments, say Yasin Patel at Church Court Chambers and Caitlin Haberlin-Chambers at SLAM Global.

  • A Look At The Latest EU Alternative Investment Regulation

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    Recent amendments to the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive governing a range of alternative investment funds reflect a growing regulatory focus on nonbanking financial institutions, which expand credit to support economic growth but carry a commensurate risk, say Juliette Mills and Alix Prentice at Cadwalader.

  • Unpacking The Law Commission's Digital Assets Consultation

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    The Law Commission recently published a consultation on recognizing a third personal property category to accommodate the development of digital assets, highlighting difficulties with current models of property rights and the potential consequences of considering digital assets as personal property, say Andrew Tsang and Tom Bacon at BCLP.

  • Unpacking The FCA's Approach To AML Compliance Failures

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    In light of the upward trend of skilled-person reviews by the Financial Conduct Authority, including the latest investigation into Lloyds' anti-money laundering controls, financial firms should familiarize themselves with the mechanisms of FCA supervision and enforcement investigations, says Kathryn Westmore at RUSI.

  • New Russia Sanctions Reveal Int'l Enforcement Capabilities

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    Significant new U.K., U.S. and EU sanctions imposed on Russia notably target Europe-based individuals and entities accused of sanctions evasion, and with an apparent political will to enhance capabilities, the rhetoric is translating into international enforcement activity, say lawyers at Cadwalader.

  • Legal Sector Will Benefit From New Data Security Standard

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office-approved new privacy certification scheme for the legal profession will inevitably become the default for law firms, chambers and vendors to prove their U.K. General Data Protection Regulation compliance, says Orlagh Kelly at Briefed.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • EU Inquiry Offers First Insight Into Foreign Subsidy Law

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    The European Commission's first in-depth investigation under the Foreign Subsidies Regulation into a public procurement process, and subsequent brief on regulatory trends, sheds light on the commission's approach to such cases, as well as jurisdictional, procedural and substantive issues under the regulation, says Matthew Hall at McGuireWoods.

  • Opinion

    PACCAR Should Be 1st Step To Regulating Litigation Funders

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    Rather than reversing the U.K. Supreme Court's well-reasoned judgment in PACCAR v. Competition Appeal Tribunal, imposing a regulatory regime on litigation funders in parity with that of lawyers, legislators should build upon it to create a more transparent, competitive and fairer funding industry, says Rosa Curling at Foxglove.

  • EEA Equivalence Statement Is Welcomed By Fund Managers

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    The recent statement confirming European Economic Area equivalence to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities for U.K. overseas funds regime purposes removes many managers’ concerns in the wake of Brexit, giving a clear pathway out of temporary marketing permissions and easing the transition from one regime to another, says Catherine Weeks at Simmons & Simmons.

  • In Int'l Arbitration Agreements, Be Clear About Governing Law

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    A trilogy of recent cases in the English High Court and Court of Appeal highlight the importance of parties agreeing to explicit choice of law language at the outset of an arbitration agreement in order to avoid costly legal skirmishes down the road, say lawyers at Faegre Drinker.

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