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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
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“Phantom” security boss who failed to pay staff guilty of 22 counts of fraud

A security boss who ran seven companies under four different identities has been found guilty of defrauding security operatives who worked for him. John Gaines, 72, of Leamington Spa, was found guilty of 22 charges of fraud at Warwick Crown Court on Monday 30 September. Gaines...
Posted On 01 Oct 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
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Serious Fraud Office announces DPA in principle with Serco Geografix Limited

The Serious Fraud Office has announced that a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with Serco Geografix Limited (SGL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Serco Group, has been approved in principle by Justice William Davis. On Thursday 4 July 2019, the SFO will apply for final...
Posted On 03 Jul 2019
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IFSEC and FIREX International introduce Protecting Logistics Pavilion at IMHX 2019

IFSEC and FIREX International are set to bring the security and fire safety industries together with leading logistics decision-makers and key influencers through the brand new Protecting Logistics Pavilion at IMHX. Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 24-27 September, IMHX...
Posted On 26 Jun 2019
Aziz Rahman
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Is the Serious Fraud Office Offering Value for Money?

Whether the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is value for money is a question that’s being asked following developments that could give ammunition to its detractors, asserts Aziz Rahman. The SFO has just announced that it has dropped investigations into Rolls-Royce and drugs...
Posted On 04 Mar 2019
Aziz Rahman
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Scaling Down The Rolls-Royce Investigation: A Sign of Panic at the SFO?

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has finally stopped investigating a number of former Rolls-Royce employees in connection with the bribery and corruption scandal that has been rumbling on for many years now. A shrewd decision based on available evidence? Or the frightened actions...
Posted On 10 Jan 2019
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Government joins forces with BSI to develop Code of Practice for product safety recalls

The Government’s new Office for Product Safety and Standards has teamed up with BSI, the UK’s national standards body, to launch the first Government-backed Code of Practice – designated PAS 7100 – for product safety recalls in the UK. The Code of Practice includes...
Posted On 12 Mar 2018
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Retailers and academics join Conservative Government’s efforts to tackle acid attacks

Some of the country’s largest retailers and independent business leaders have pledged not to sell the most harmful corrosive substances to those under 18 years of age. This move is part of a series of voluntary commitments proposed by the Government, which has now published the...
Posted On 12 Jan 2018
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First-ever UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards winners announced

The first-ever UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) event took place at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square, London on the evening of Thursday 2 March. Over 330 security professionals gathered to celebrate the ‘Best of the Best’ from across the...
Posted On 03 Mar 2017
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