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Civil Liability Protection For Those Making Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs)

From 1 June 2015, UK-based businesses will have greater freedom to report suspicions of money-laundering without risking liability to customers, due to an amendment being introduced to UK money-laundering law....more

Increase in UK Employment Protection Awards - May 2015

The compensation limits on Employment Tribunal awards and certain other amounts payable under UK employment legislation increased as of 6 April 2015. The key changes are set out below....more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #4

CFPB Fines Bank $7.5M for Overdraft Violations, With $49M More in Redress - Why it matters: In its first action targeting overdraft fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Regions Bank $7.5...more

The Essential Guide to UK Real Estate

This Essential Guide provides an overview of the legal and regulatory issues likely to affect developers, occupiers and investors in UK real estate. Real estate - Real estate law in England and Wales can trace its...more

Provisions of The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act now in force

We published a client alert in March, confirming that the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 and summarising the provisions which will amend insolvency...more

TV Catchup and Section 73 – (Nearly) The End of the Road?

The Court of Appeal in England has recently made a second reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the case brought by UK free-to-air broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 against the Internet...more

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act - Corporate restructuring and insolvency changes come into effect

Four important changes to the Insolvency Act 1986 (IA86) will come into force this week (26 May 2015). They do so without transitional provisions and so will apply automatically to existing corporate insolvency proceedings...more

Forex trading probes: what is the legal position of the individual?

Forex trading cases are back in the headlines after record settlements by a group of banks with UK and U.S. authorities. The best coverage is in the FT....more

Mercuria v Citigroup: The issues and implications for the commodities market

The judgment on the claim brought by Mercuria Energy Trading Pte Ltd and Mercuria Energy Group Ltd (Mercuria) against Citibank NA and Citigroup Capital Markets Ltd (Citi), has now been published by the English Commercial...more

'Commercial' Bribery: No Hiding Places

Graham Marchment was a British engineer in the oil and gas industry, with responsibilities for procurement. He accepted money, described as ‘commission’, from various bidders, in exchange for confidential information about...more

Don't bet on bad warnings

It may be obvious, but employers should neither issue nor rely upon a written warning made in bad faith. It is equally plain that any written warning issued in bad faith should not be used to dismiss an employee. Otherwise,...more

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act - When will the insolvency-related provisions come into force?

Following Parliamentary approval in March 2015, there has been a level of uncertainty around the implementation timeline for certain company law and insolvency provisions. In particular, many of the changes to the Insolvency...more

UK: Gambling Commission publishes analysis of trends in gambling behaviour over last 6 years

The Gambling Commission has published analysis of trends in gambling behaviour for 2008-2014. The report’s main findings are: a “significant increase in remote gambling participation, in gambling participation...more

Supreme Court Considers The Constituent Elements Of An Offence Under Section 328 Of POCA

The Supreme Court makes some significant decisions about the constituent elements of an offence under section 328 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) in the case of R v GH [2015] UKSC 26). The case is unusual in that the...more

International tax and withholding considerations for US companies and their directors

To staff their board of directors with the best and most diverse talent, multinational companies commonly elect boards with international representation. It is also common for companies to convene periodic board meetings...more

Diverted Profits Tax: counterbalancing the UK's "open for business" agenda?

The UK’s introduction of the diverted profits tax (DPT) has dismayed tax practitioners and their multinational clients. Rushed through parliament (ahead of its dissolution before the general election) and in effect as of...more

Blog: What States Should Know About the Civil Tort of Bribery

Who can be sued? A civil claim for bribery can usually be made against the bribe-payer and the bribe-recipient. When does it apply? The tort of bribery is founded on the legal relationship of principal (the state) and...more

Costs of Proceeding

We are finding that some of our clients are shocked by the recent radical changes to the system of court fees. The changes have made larger claims much more expensive to commence. As a result, landlords may lose the...more

Settlement Reached in Forex Lawsuit

For the past few weeks, it has been reported through various outlets that at least five banks were in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FAC) to settle...more

Interaction between on-demand bonds and the underlying contract revisited by the English High Court

Introduction - From our previous alerts, which can be found here and here, we know that bonds and guarantees are complex instruments, the consequences of which depend not on what they are called, but their terms, the...more

De-risking: Bank access for brokers and asset managers

The FCA has publicly announced an expectation that, in the context of managing money laundering risks, banks should not indiscriminately withdraw services from market sectors. Brokers and asset managers with appropriate...more

They Grow Up So Fast: Alstom and the UK Bribery Act at Five Years

In April 2015, the UK Bribery Act (UKBA) celebrated its fifth birthday. In the same month, the Serious Fraud Office brought a third round of corruption charges under the UKBA in the Alstom case. Those allegations, brought...more

Is Creepy Compensable?

A watchful eye can be a good thing. We all want to keep an eye on what’s important. In an increasingly fast-paced world, however, it gets harder. The Internet and advances in mobile technology put so much information at our...more

Cross-Border Investigations Update - May 2015

In This Issue: - Recent Prosecutions and Settlements: FCPA Enforcement Trends and Developments: Recent U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement trends include the growing importance of corporate...more

Football Bribery: Jail for Ex-players and middlemen

A former professional football player, Delroy Facey, has been convicted and imprisoned for offences under the UK Bribery Act. If you love sport it’s a sad story. Facey was a decent striker who, at one time, was...more

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