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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City regulator’s fines drop from £819m to £7m in a year – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2016 in banking, financial regulation, fines, interest, news, statistics by michael

‘Fines imposed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the first half of 2016 have fallen to £7.2m – less than 1% of the figure of a year before.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2016

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Isle of Wight Council can fight school holiday ruling – BBC News

Posted June 30th, 2016 in appeals, fines, holidays, local government, news, school children by tracey

‘A council has been told it can apply to challenge a High Court decision which ruled in favour of a father who took his daughter on holiday in term time.’

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BBC News, 30th June 2016

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Senior judge: bigger fine discounts needed for companies agreeing deferred prosecution agreements – OUT-LAW.com

‘Companies should receive substantial discounts on fines if they enter into deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after uncovering and self-reporting corruption offences, according to one of the UK’s most senior judges.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th June 2016

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Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2016 in appeals, computer programs, fines, London, news, parking by sally

‘An artificial-intelligence lawyer chatbot has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets across London and New York for free, showing that chatbots can actually be useful.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2016

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No fines issued for smoking in cars with children – BBC News

Posted June 29th, 2016 in children, fines, news, smoking by sally

‘Police are choosing not to enforce a new law protecting children from people smoking in cars, figures suggest.’

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BBC News, 29th June 2016

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Retired company director fined and reprimanded for destroying his own mother’s grave – Daily Telegraph

‘A retired company director has paid £4,500 in costs after being reprimanded by a judge for vandalising his own mother’s gravestone with a hammer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th June 2016

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Watchdog demands more powers to stop cold-calling kingpins from dodging fines – Daily Telegraph

‘Cold call kings behind millions of nuisance calls are getting away with it because the Government has refused to hold them personally liable, the departing Information Commissioner has told The Telegraph. Christopher Graham, in his final interview before stepping down, said he had repeatedly pressed ministers to give him the power to pursue the directors of cold-calling companies – but his pleas had been ignored.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th June 2016

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