Legal remedies for victims of investment scams: the decision in Hamblin v World First – New Square Chambers

Posted May 23rd, 2022 in assets recovery, banking, chambers articles, Commercial Court, fraud, news by sally

‘The case of Hamblin v World First 2020 EWHC 2383 (Comm), decided by His Honour Judge Pelling QC, “the Judge”, in the London Circuit Commercial Court, is topical because it represents a claim made by the victim of a scam, Mr Hamblin, to recover his losses not directly from the fraudsters as the direct beneficiaries of the scam, but from the payment service provider, here World First, the company that received the monies from Mr Hamblin into an account set up by the fraudsters, and which, acting on instructions from those fraudsters, arranged for the onward payment of those monies. No allegation of dishonesty was made against the payment service provider nor was it suggested that the payment service provider had actual knowledge of the scam.’

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New Square Chambers, 13th May 2022

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Warwickshire fraudster jailed over fake Covid certificates – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2022 in coronavirus, fraud, holidays, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘A fraudster who conned holidaymakers into paying for fake Covid-19 certificates has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2022

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Identity of person instructing solicitors not covered by privilege – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected a company’s claim to litigation privilege over the identity of who instructed its lawyers.’

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Legal Futures, 16th May 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Accountant jailed for exploiting a disabled victim for over £300,000 – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A chartered accountant has been jailed for exploiting a vulnerable victim out of money and assets worth £331,858.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 12th May 2022

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Gang jailed for locking 35 people in boxes to smuggle them into UK – The Independent

‘A five-man gang has been jailed after smuggling 35 Afghan people into the UK inside purpose-built “coffin-like” wooden boxes.’

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The Independent, 10th May 2022

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Pension fraudsters jailed after £13m scam – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2022 in fraud, news, pensions, sentencing by sally

‘Two fraudsters have been jailed for their part in a series of scams in which 245 people lost millions of pounds in pension savings.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2022

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Post Office scandal victims still waiting for compensation – BBC News

‘A year since wrongful convictions of subpostmasters were first overturned, most say they are no closer to agreeing a financial compensation settlement.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2022

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Tetyana Krupiy: The Modern Bill of Rights creates barriers to challenging algorithmic decisions – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted April 19th, 2022 in artificial intelligence, benefits, electronic filing, fraud, human rights, news by sally

‘Challenging inaccurate decisions of public authorities which fundamentally impact the life of the British public, could soon be harder. The UK government plans to replace the Human Rights Act 1998 with a Modern Bill of Rights. Its package of law reform proposals will make it very hard, and in some cases impossible, for individuals to challenge decisions produced by the operation of artificial intelligence decision-making processes in court. While individuals who experience discrimination in their daily lives will be particularly affected, all individuals will face barriers to accessing justice. This development is important in light of the fact that the UK government formulated a strategic priority in 2017 to create conditions for the growth of the artificial intelligence industry in the United Kingdom. As a follow up the UK government set up the Government Digital Service and the Office for Artificial Intelligence in 2019 in order to inform public authorities about how they can embed artificial intelligence technology into the provision of public services. This suggests that public authorities will make increasing reliance on the employment of artificial intelligence decision-making processes. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is already using artificial intelligence technology to detect which individuals are fraudulently claiming benefits.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 19th April 2022

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

Barrister with council tax conviction fails in disbarment appeal – Legal Futures

Posted April 19th, 2022 in appeals, barristers, council tax, disciplinary procedures, disclosure, fraud, news by sally

‘The High Court has rejected an appeal from a barrister disbarred after a council tax conviction and submission of dishonest evidence to a Crown Court.’

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Legal Futures, 19th April 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Dog-walking Dorset Police officer faked injury for £150k – BBC News

‘A former police officer who feigned injury and claimed almost £150,000 from the force has been found guilty of gross misconduct.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2022

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Fraudster who stole antiques from elderly jailed – The Independent

Posted April 1st, 2022 in Crown Prosecution Service, elderly, fraud, imprisonment, news, sentencing, victims by sally

‘A conman who posed as an antiques dealer from a Chelsea auction house to dupe elderly and vulnerable victims out of hundreds of thousands of pounds has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.’

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The Independent, 31st March 2022

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UK to fully compensate postmasters who exposed scandal – BBC News

‘Subpostmasters who helped uncover the Post Office IT scandal but missed out on full compensation are to get payouts under a new government scheme.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2022

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UK introduces exhaustive Online Safety Bill – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2022 in bills, consumer protection, fraud, internet, news, pornography by tracey

‘The government is to introduce its long-awaited Online Safety Bill in Parliament on Thursday.’

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BBC News, 17th March 2022

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Cheshire family conned vulnerable relative out of £145k – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2022 in families, fraud, learning difficulties, news, powers of attorney, sentencing by tracey

‘Three family members who stole almost £150,000 from a vulnerable relative to fund lavish holidays have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 14th March 2022

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Alison Young: Declaratory Orders and Constitutional Guardrails – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted March 10th, 2022 in declarations of incompatibility, extradition, fraud, news by tracey

‘The recent decision of the Supreme Court in Craig v HM Advocate (for the Government of the United States of America) affirms the core constitutional expectation that the executive will comply with declaratory orders. On its face, this appears to be quite unassuming. Yet it raises fundamental issues of inter-institutional comity and the importance of constitutional guardrails and safeguards.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 10th March 2022

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

UK owes EU money over customs fraud, court rules – BBC News

Posted March 9th, 2022 in fraud, HM Revenue & Customs, news, taxation by sally

‘The UK faces making a potentially hefty payment to the EU after its top court ruled it did too little to prevent fraud on imports of Chinese clothing.’

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BBC News, 8th March 2022

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Internet scams to be included in UK online safety bill – The Guardian

‘Measures to protect people from internet scams will now be included in proposed online safety laws, the government has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2022

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The director of an English mobile phone company, now in liquidation, has been held liable for both fraudulent trading and misfeasance for participation in missing trader intra-community (MTIC) VAT fraud. – OUT-LAW.com

‘The High Court upheld an application made by the liquidator of JD Group Ltd (“the company”) claiming that Deepak Bhatia, the company director, was engaged in fraudulent trading owing to knowledge that the company was associated with VAT fraud. Judge Agnello QC found that the manner in which the respective transactions were carried out provided clear evidence of this knowledge and that Bhatia’s conduct was dishonest in accordance with the objective standards of ordinary decent people.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2022

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

Bid by Kazakh mining company to sue journalist is dismissed by judge – The Guardian

Posted March 3rd, 2022 in defamation, fraud, media, murder, news, witnesses by sally

‘An attempt by a Kazakh mining giant to sue a British journalist for allegedly claiming it ordered the murders of three men has been thrown out by a judge.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2022

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The whistleblowing bankers who were sent to jail – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2022 in banking, fraud, interest, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘Two traders jailed for rigging interest rates were the original whistleblowers of the scandal, the BBC has learned.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk