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Two-thirds of legal professionals expect no rise in SFO conviction rate

More than two-thirds of legal professionals who specialise in white collar crime don’t believe the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) conviction rate will improve over the next 12 months. That’s according to an in-depth survey of white collar crime lawyers recently...
Posted On 08 Nov 2019
Syedur Rahman
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Tackling Bribery and Corruption: Is the United States ‘Going It Alone’?

Jay Clayton, chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has boldly stated that his country is the only one tackling the scourge of bribery and corruption to any great degree. Here, Syedur Rahman highlights some of the key reasons why he believes that statement...
Posted On 24 Oct 2019
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“Businesses face HMRC crackdown on money laundering” warns DSR Tax Claims

Those companies required to adhere to strict anti-money laundering (AML) regulations have been advised to check their procedures and improve where necessary after HMRC handed down its largest fine to date to a London money services business for failures in its anti-money...
Posted On 10 Sep 2019
Neil Williams
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Examining The Future for Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Sometimes, the best ideas just don’t turn out to be as good in practice as they were either on paper or in the heads of those who devised them in the first instance. So far, 2019 seems to be the year that Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) have joined the list of things that...
Posted On 07 Aug 2019
Syedur Rahman
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Are Bribery and Corruption Being Overlooked by UK Authorities?

A new report published by the Fraud Advisory Panel alleges that the authorities are overlooking bribery and corruption in the UK. Syedur Rahman argues that, while some criticism is justified, the real picture isn’t quite so clear cut. According to the Fraud Advisory Panel,...
Posted On 24 Jul 2019
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Nominations for Tackling Economic Crime Awards to close on Thursday 1 August

Nominations for the inaugural Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs) are set to close on Thursday 1 August. With the deadline now fast approaching, those professionals and organisations involved in tackling any area of economic crime are being encouraged to put forward their...
Posted On 05 Jul 2019
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Managing Insider Threats: Why Context is Critical

The subject of ‘The Insider Threat’ is fast rising up on the corporate agenda. While you might think a company’s own employees would be less likely to pose security risks than external attackers, a recent analysis by Computing has found that this type of threat was a...
Posted On 04 Jul 2019
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“Unchecked conflicts of interest and ‘austerity’ fuelling corruption risks” states Fraud Advisory Panel

Domestic corruption risks in areas such as business, education, local Government and elections are neglected and poorly understood because officials focus on bribery overseas. This is the warning given by the Fraud Advisory Panel in its new report entitled ‘Hidden in Plain...
Posted On 04 Jul 2019
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Former company director pleads guilty to £12 million bribery scheme unearthed by SFO

In a hearing conducted at Walsall Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 30 May, Carole Ann Hodson pleaded guilty to bribery in relation to a scheme orchestrated to secure £12 million worth of contracts for ALCA Fasteners Ltd, a company she owned at the time. The scheme, which operated...
Posted On 02 Jun 2019
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Tackling Economic Crime Awards launched to honour security and law enforcement professionals

Economic crime has a significant impact on the UK;s economy, with – according to the Office for National Statistics – an estimated 3.24 million fraud offences taking place in the year ending March 2018. Organised by the World Excellence Awards team who also run the...
Posted On 01 Mar 2019