The first Deferred Prosecution Agreement hits English courts

On Monday 30 November 2015 at Southwark Crown Court (sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice), the SFO will apply to Lord Justice Leveson for a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) in respect of…

SFO suffers Supreme Court blow over the use of overseas powers

SFO charges individual with section 2 offences

An individual charged in connection with an ongoing SFO bribery and corruption investigation has been charged with two offences of concealing, destroying or otherwise disposing of documents,…

First penalty for contravention of section 7 of the Bribery Act

Brand-Rex Limited, a Scottish company specialising in developing cabling solutions has become the first UK company to be penalised for contravention of section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010.


CMA loses cartel case

The newly established Competition and Markets Authority [formed in April 2014 from the Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission] yesterday lost a cartel case against two businessmen.

The Modern Slavery Act – what it means for your business

In March 2015 the UK passed the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act). The Act aims to increase transparency in supply chains and prevent labour exploitation. It came into force on 29 October 2015.

NCA concerned about volume of time consuming checks

The NCA has recently warned that some city institutions are abusing the system for reporting suspicious activity, with an increased burden of work for the NCA, reports the Financial Times.

FCA acts to protect whistleblowers

This week the Financial Conduct Authority released new rules for the UK banking and insurance sector to protect whistleblowers. They will come into effect in September 2016 and will apply to…

HSBC fined £27.8m by Swiss authorities over money-laundering allegations

HSBC has today been fined a record 40m Swiss francs (£27.8m) by the Geneva authorities for previous “organisational deficiencies” which allowed money laundering to take place in HSBC’s Swiss…

SFO suffers Supreme Court blow over the use of overseas powers

Three acquitted in SFO corruption case

On 21 May 2015, three employees of Swift Technical Solutions Ltd (who supply specialist manpower to the global oil and gas industry) were found not guilty at Southwark Crown Court of corruption…

The long arm of the US: how FIFA became its target

On Wednesday 17 May 2015, the US attorney general, Loretta Lynch, announced 47 counts of charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering against nine FIFA officials and five sports…

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Significant fine imposed on Barclays over manipulation of the FX market

Barclays has been fined $2.38bn after pleading guilty to conspiring to manipulate the forex trading market. This is part of a record $5.7bn in fines handed out by US and UK regulators to Barclays,…

Guilty plea in SFO multi-million pound energy corruption case

On 11 March 2015 Graham Marchment pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court and was sentenced to 2 and a half years imprisonment for his role in the award of contracts in a series of high-value…


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