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  • Ancillary Offences: Former Sweett Group Managing Director Jailed for Destruction of Evidence

    13 February 2017

    Richard Kingston (a former Managing Director of Sweett Group plc, a construction and professional services company) has been jailed having been found guilty of destroying evidence relating to an ongoing Serious Fraud Office (SFO) bribery and corruption investigation.

  • Government Crackdown on Corruption and Unexplained Wealth

    12 December 2016

    Over the past year the Government has increasingly taken a stand against corruption and associated economic crimes. Earlier this year, at an international anti-corruption summit hosted in London, David Cameron signalled that his administration was planning an extension of 'failure to prevent' offences for companies.

  • Corporate Manslaughter - Sentencing Developments

    8 August 2016

    Following the new sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter, a recent case has provided helpful guidance for Companies facing health and safety regulation.

  • Failure to prevent Fraud - How will it look?

    1 June 2016

    The Government has recently announced new proposals to crack down on "economic crime" with a flagship new offence of "failing to prevent fraud or money laundering". The plans are at a very early stage, with the Ministry of Justice intending to consult this summer on how any changes in the law should be made. In the meantime however, we can speculate about the likely path of the law by looking at existing "failure to prevent" offences.

  • The fall of the corporate veil - when company offences can cause personal problems

    6 April 2016

    There have always been exceptions to the protection offered by the corporate veil. The modern regulatory system, however, has created a wide variety of corporate offences for which senior company officials can find themselves liable. Anybody with senior decision making power within a company should know how and when they could be personally facing potential criminal charges.

  • Failing to Prevent Bribery

    29 February 2016

    Regulators continue to pursue prosecutions under the Bribery Act 2010, and appear to be targeting more mainstream companies after a string of successful prosecutions. Failing to prevent bribery can have serious consequences for corporate entities.