TalkTalk ruling shows ICO will back tiered approach to data breach notification, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 14th, 2016 in data protection, EC law, fines, internet, news, notification, tribunals by tracey

‘A new ruling by the information rights tribunal suggests that businesses in the UK should be prepared to make multiple notifications to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the event of a data breach under new EU data protection laws, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th September 2016

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New sentencing guidelines mean heavy fines for health and safety breaches, even where no harm caused, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 13th, 2016 in fines, health & safety, news, sentencing by sally

‘Security firm G4S Cash Solutions has been fined £1.8 million after one of its employees contracted legionellosis, despite the fact that environmental health officers were unable to definitively link the case with health and safety breaches discovered at the site.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th September 2016

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Antiques dealer found guilty of trying to sell elephant tusk at Christie’s after being ‘misled by expert’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 9th, 2016 in animals, auctioneers, environmental protection, fines, news by tracey

‘A dealer who tried to sell an elephant tusk at Christie’s has been spared a fine after claiming he was “misled” by their antiques experts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2016

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Home Office imposes illegal working fines of £14 million on small businesses in 3 month period – Free Movement

Posted September 6th, 2016 in employment, fines, immigration, news, small businesses by sally

‘The Home Office has imposed fines on small businesses for employing illegal workers of over £14 million in just a three month period. The period covered is January to March 2016. The list of businesses targeted by officials appears to include mainly small ethnic minority shops and takeaways. It is unknown how many of those businesses were forced to close as a result.’

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Free Movement, 6th September 2016

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Drug driving: how has new legislation been working? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 6th, 2016 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, fines, medicines, news, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘In March 2015 new legislation was introduced to specifically tackle drug driving. Prior to that date it had been an offence to drive a vehicle whilst unfit to do so through drink or drugs and this offence remains. Whilst this offence still remains the prosecution would need to prove that driving was impaired. The new legislation made it an offence to drive with eight prescription medications above a prescribed limit and with eight illegal substances. In order to assist police in implementing this offence “drugalysers” were also introduced making it possible for police to test for cocaine and cannabis at the road side using a saliva test. The detection of all other substances requires a blood sample to be taken.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 5th September 2016

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Child held in police cells for two nights over non-payment of fine – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 5th, 2016 in children, detention, fines, mental health, news, police by sally

‘A 15-year-old boy with mental health problems was held in police cells for two nights over the non-payment of a small fine, in a case that is now being challenged in the courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th September 2016

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PwC fined £2.3m over auditing of subprime lender Cattles – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2016 in accountants, auditors, costs, financial regulation, fines, news by sally

‘PricewaterhouseCoopers has been fined £2.3m by the accountancy watchdog over its auditing of the subprime lender Cattles and its biggest division, Welcome Financial Services, in 2007.’

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The Guardian, 31st August 2016

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Proposal to fine tax avoidance enablers lacks teeth, campaigners say – The Guardian

Posted August 18th, 2016 in banking, consultations, fines, law firms, news, tax avoidance by tracey

‘Government proposals to impose heavy fines on banks, accountants and lawyers who market tax avoidance schemes will fail without more resources for HM Revenue & Customs to pursue offenders, campaigners have said.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2016

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Tax avoidance enablers to face tough new penalties – HM Revenue and Customs

Posted August 18th, 2016 in accountants, consultations, fines, penalties, press releases, tax avoidance by tracey

‘Accountants, tax planners and advisers who provide advice on how to avoid tax will face tough penalties under new proposals being consulted on by the government, Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jane Ellison announced today.’

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HM Revenue and Customs, 17th August 2016

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Council fined £100,000 after social care files left in empty building – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2016 in data protection, fines, local government, news, privacy, social services by sally

‘A county council has been fined £100,000 after files containing highly sensitive personal details of more than 100 people were discovered in a disused building.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2016

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Firms giving advice on aggressive tax avoidance could face large fines – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2016 in accountants, consultations, fines, news, tax avoidance by sally

‘Accountants, lawyers and consultants whose multibillion pound industry provides advice on how to aggressively avoid tax could face large financial penalties under government proposals.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2016

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Online retailer hit with six-figure fine for participation in online cartel – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 17th, 2016 in competition, electronic commerce, fines, news by sally

‘An online poster and picture frame seller has been handed a six-figure fine by the UK’s main competition authority over its participation in a cartel.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th August 2016

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Coffee chain fined £160k for leaving rubbish bags on London streets – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 15th, 2016 in costs, environmental protection, fines, litter, news, waste by sally

‘Starbucks has been fined more than £160,000 after two stores in central London repeatedly left rubbish bags on a busy pavement outside of normal collection times.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th August 2016

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Landlords behaving badly – Nearly Legal

‘While the Magistrates Courts continue to hand out paltry fines to landlords on conviction for illegal eviction, despite the removal of the upper £5000 limit, it is good to see that the civil courts are capable of taking a more reasonable approach to quantum.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th August 2016

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New BSB report shows more targeted use of enforcement powers – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board has, today, published its Enforcement Annual Report for 2015-16.’

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Bar Standards Board, 8th August 2016

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Ancient grazing rights threatened as controversial baaaaaaad behaviour orders used to criminalise sheep – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 4th, 2016 in animals, ASBOs, commons, crime, fines, local government, news by Mark L

‘it is one of the most ancient surviving commoners’ rights in England, thought to date at least to the Norman conquest if not before. But the custom of allowing sheep to roam freely in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire is set to be criminalised in one village, in the latest manifestation of controversial new antisocial behaviour laws nicknamed the “busybodies’ charter”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2016

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Reprimand for barrister who encouraged client to seek out damaging information about fellow counsel – Legal Futures

‘A barrister who encouraged a client to search online for damaging information about another member of the Bar, and then told her to deny that he had done so, has been reprimanded by a Bar disciplinary tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 27th July 2016

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Financial Conduct Authority orders banks to shine light on dark pool stock exchanges and clean up operations – The Independent

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in banking, financial regulation, fines, news by sally

‘Barclays and Credit Suisse paid huge fines in the US to settle misconduct allegations over the operation of their dark pool share trading exchanges. The City watchdog says the UK market is different, but it still wants banks to do better.’

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The Independent, 21st July 2016

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Company fined £550,000 in first corporate manslaughter sentencing under new guideline – OUT-LAW.com

‘A construction firm based in north London has been fined £550,000 for corporate manslaughter offences, in the first sentencing since new guidelines were introduced in February.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th July 2016

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Telford trucker wins appeals against illegal immigrant fine – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2016 in appeals, fines, immigration, news, transport by sally

‘A lorry driver accused of bringing illegal immigrants into the UK in his trailer has had a £10,000 fine overturned by the Home Office.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2016

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