UK Legislation

High Court considers extraterritorial application of compulsory powers

In the case of R (On The Application Of KBR Inc) v The Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2018] EWHC 2368 (Admin) (“KBR“), the High Court dismissed a judicial review brought by the applicant, finding that the SFO was able to compel … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills edits and contributes chapters to Getting the Deal Through – Financial Services Litigation 2018

There has been a significant rate of global growth of litigation in the financial services sector following the 2008 global financial crisis. While the existence of financial services litigation is truly a global phenomenon, it has become apparent that the … Continue reading

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COURT OF APPEAL DECISION IN ENRC: ORTHODOXY RESTORED ON LITIGATION PRIVILEGE, BUT NARROW INTERPRETATION OF “CLIENT” REMAINS FOR NOW

The Court of Appeal has today handed down its eagerly awaited decision in the ENRC appeal: The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2006. At first instance, the High Court took a restrictive … Continue reading

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Transparency and the ownership of foreign companies – BEIS response to Call for Evidence

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published the response to its Call for Evidence on the creation of a register of ownership and control of foreign companies that purchase property in the UK or enter into … Continue reading

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GHOSH DISHONESTY DISAPPROVED: DISHONESTY NOW TO BE ASSESSED SOLELY AGAINST THE STANDARDS OF ORDINARY REASONABLE AND HONEST PEOPLE

The Supreme Court has held that the correct test for dishonesty is whether or not the defendant’s conduct is dishonest by the objective standards of ordinary reasonable and honest people: Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a Crockfords [2017] UKSC … Continue reading

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Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion offences to be implemented from 30 September 2017 – Criminal Finances Act 2017

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2017 were introduced on 13 July 2017 and will bring into effect the two new corporate criminal offences of "failure to prevent" the facilitation of UK and foreign tax evasion, included … Continue reading

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Criminal Finances Bill 2016-17 passed by Parliament

The Criminal Finances Bill 2016-17 received royal assent on Thursday 27 April. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the “Act”) (for the text of the Act, click here) is intended to “tackle money laundering and corruption, recover the proceeds of crime … Continue reading

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Ensuring due process when regulators co-operate

Summary A recent Hong Kong judgment highlights the importance of ensuring due process when regulators exchange information with each other. Regulatory confidentiality In the UK a statement made to an investigator appointed by the FCA or PRA in compliance with … Continue reading

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Financial firms: protecting customer personal data

A recent case provides a rare example of the criminal prosecution of an individual (in this case the former employee of an insurer) for breach of the Data Protection Act 1988 (DPA).  David Barlow Lewis was a former employee of … Continue reading

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Authorising third country insurance firms: has the Commission got it wrong?

Geoff Maddock, partner Email | Profile tel: +44 20 7466 2067 mobile: +44 7785 255016 By Geoff Maddock, corporate insurance partner Commission view on authorisation In July 2015 a Commission official expressed a controversial view on when third country insurance … Continue reading

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