Sentencing Council moves for tougher terms for UK-based fraudsters – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2013 in bribery, foreign jurisdictions, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

“Latest moves are a step in the right direction but they fall short of pledge to ‘take white collar crime as seriously as other crime.’ ”

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The Guardian, 27th June 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fraud, bribery and money laundering offences draft guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted June 27th, 2013 in bribery, consultations, fraud, money laundering, news, sentencing by sally

“The Sentencing Council is updating guidance for courts so that all fraud offences are covered by a consistent set of guidelines that will also deal with corporate offenders.”

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Sentencing Council, 27th June 2013

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Review into Bribery Act would be ‘premature’, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 30th, 2013 in bribery, legislation, news, select committees by sally

“Any review of the UK bribery laws which came into force in July 2011 would be ‘premature’, an expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th May 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

Civil recovery still an option in cases of complex fraud or bribery, SFO confirms – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 24th, 2013 in assets recovery, bribery, corruption, fraud, news by sally

“The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) remains open to pursuing civil recovery where appropriate in cases of serious or complex fraud, including bribery and corruption offences, it has confirmed.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd April 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

Student jailed for £5,000 attempt to bribe professor over failed dissertation – The Independent

Posted April 23rd, 2013 in bribery, firearms, news, sentencing, universities by sally

“A failing student who offered his professor £5,000 in cash in a bid to pass his degree was jailed for 12 months today.”

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The Independent, 23rd April 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Secret commissions and proprietary claims – where are we now? – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted March 21st, 2013 in agency, appeals, bribery, constructive trusts, news by sally

“Practitioners were trained to believe that an agent would hold a bribe on trust for his principal. Then came Sinclair v Versailles which appeared to have decided that the principal’s remedy would be merely personal. Now everything seems to have changed again. In this ‘Insider’ note Peter Head examines the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in FHR European Ventures LLP v Mankarious and considers where we are now.”

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11 Stone Buildings, March 2013

Source: www.11sb.com

Bungs in Football – The Legal Goalposts for Clubs, Managers and Agents – 11 KBW

Posted February 27th, 2013 in bribery, corruption, news, sport by sally

“On Tuesday 19 September 2006, BBC’s Panorama made a number of allegations about corruption in football. The most serious allegations concern the alleged widespread bribery of football club directors, managers and scouts by agents seeking to place the players for whom they act.”

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11 KBW, 19th February 2013

Source: www.11kbw.com

Deferred Prosecution Agreements – Sir Anthony Hooper, Former Lord Justice of Appeal – Fulcrum Chambers

Posted January 29th, 2013 in bribery, company law, deferred prosecution agreements, negligence, news, penalties by sally

“Since the early 90s US prosecuting authorities have been using deferred prosecution agreements. They are said to raise about $2.5bn a year in penalties, often in respect of criminal activities with little connection to the US. A deferred prosecution agreements involves the filing in court of agreed charges against a corporation, subject to a condition that the charges will not be pursued if the corporation complies with the often stringent terms of the agreement for a specified period. Such terms will include the payment of substantial sums to reflect broadly the fine that would have been paid had the corporation pleaded guilty and to reflect the confiscation and compensation regimes. Corporations are likely also to have to agree to the appointment of a monitor to ensure their adherence to proper standards of behaviour.”

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Fulcrum Chambers, January 2013

Source: www.fulcrumchambers.com

New tool to fight economic crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 24th, 2012 in bribery, fraud, money laundering, news, prosecutions by sally

“A new measure announced today [23 October] will help prosecutors combat corporate offending including fraud, money laundering and bribery – which cost the UK billions of pounds each year.”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd October 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Solicitor General: Keynote speech to World Bribery and Corruption Compliance Forum – Attorney General’s Office

Posted October 24th, 2012 in bribery, corruption, news, prosecutions by sally

Solicitor General: Keynote speech to World Bribery and Corruption Compliance Forum

Attorney General’s Office, 23rd October 2012

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

SFO removes preference for civil settlement from Bribery Act self-reporting guidance – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 11th, 2012 in bribery, news, prosecutions, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“Businesses that ‘self-report’ illegal acts of bribery to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) could still face prosecution in cases where there is a ‘reasonable prospect of conviction’ and if it is ‘in the public interest’ to do so, the SFO has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th October 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

R v Patel: sentencing offences contrary to the Bribery Act 2010 – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 24th, 2012 in appeals, bribery, news, perverting the course of justice, sentencing by tracey

“The first prosecution under the Bribery Act 2010 to reach the Court of Appeal has arrived. However, it is perhaps not the high-profile scalp that the proponents of the Act might have wanted. I’m not too sure how much can be taken from the case that is of any wider application but nevertheless, it being ‘a first’, it may be of some interest. In any event the facts of the case are less dry than most.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 23rd July 2012

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Oxford University Press fined £1.9m over bribery by African subsidiary firms – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2012 in bribery, contracts, corruption, news by sally

“Oxford University Press, the global academic publishing department of the university, has been ordered to pay nearly £1.9m after two subsidiary companies bribed government officials for contracts to supply school textbooks in east Africa.”

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Three jailed for £9m Sainsbury’s potato scam – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2012 in bribery, corruption, news, sentencing, theft by sally

“Three men have been jailed for a scam in which Sainsbury’s was overcharged by nearly £9m.”

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Combating corruption in a global business environment – forthcoming HLE panel discussion – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 21st, 2012 in bribery, competition, corruption, enforcement, legislation, news by sally

“According to the Ministry of Justice, it was hoped that the Bribery Act 2010 would ‘provide a more effective legal framework to combat bribery in the public or private sectors’ and ‘help tackle the threat that bribery poses to economic progress and development around the world’.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 20th June 2012

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Regina v Majeed; Regina v Westfield – WLR Daily

Posted June 11th, 2012 in appeals, bribery, conspiracy, corruption, gambling, law reports, sport by sally

Regina v Majeed; Regina v Westfield [2012] EWCA Crim 1186; [2012] WLR (D) 172

“Where a sportsman corruptly accepted financial inducements to identify, in advance, occasions when during a match he would play in a specific, previously agreed, manner, the conduct of that sportsman, whose contract obliged him to refrain from doing anything that might damage the reputation of the club or board which employed him, was integral to the affairs and business of that club or board, who were therefore victims of such corrupt activities, even if the bribes were not intended to and did not influence the club or board in any way.”

WLR Daily, 31st May 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Corporate hospitality, bribery and the Olympics – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 8th, 2012 in bribery, news, sport by sally

“Corporate hospitality might have been expected to have a bumper season this year. But apparently such is not the case. A number of companies, it is reported, are refusing to allow their staff to accept ticketsto the Olympics, lest they fall foul of the Bribery Act 2010. Commendable restraint, one might think, but let’s take a closer look.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 8th June 2012

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Court clerk who was first to be jailed under Bribery Act has sentence cut – The Guardian

Posted May 24th, 2012 in appeals, bribery, misfeasance in public office, news, sentencing by sally

“A court clerk who made legal history when he became the first person to be jailed under new bribery legislation has had his sentence reduced by two years.”

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The Guardian, 24th May 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Potato company boss faces jail over Sainsbury’s scam – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2012 in bribery, food, fraud, news by tracey

“A former potato firm director has been told he faces a significant jail term for his role in a bribery scam with a buyer at Sainsbury’s.”

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The Guardian, 15th May 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Stephen Lawrence murder: Police corruption inquiry – BBC News

Posted May 11th, 2012 in bribery, corruption, inquiries, murder, news, police by tracey

“Scotland Yard has called in the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to review fresh allegations of corruption in the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry.”

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BBC News, 11th May 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk