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Suspected PPE fraud investigation intensifies

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It has recently been reported that the police raided homes and offices across London and the Isle of Man to investigate claims of fraud involving PPE equipment. At the beginning of the pandemic, when the demand for PPE was at its height, several...

Further furlough fraud fears

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Up to £26.6 million of taxpayer funds has been claimed by hundreds of companies that were set up after the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which was announced on 1 st March 2020. The scheme was established during the COVID-19...

Fraud trends in the UK - 2019 v 2020

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The KPMG Fraud Barometer report analyses the trends of fraud within the UK, focusing on major fraud cases that are heard in the Crown Court where charges are in excess of £100,000.  The value of fraud in the UK drops from £1.1 billion...

First arrests in relation to fraud linked to 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme

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The 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme was launched by Rishi Sunak in order to boost the struggling hospitality industry which had been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme itself ran between 3 and 31 August 2020 and allowed...

What to do if you are accused of price-fixing

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Price fixing in the UK is almost always illegal, though there are exceptions. Typically, price-fixing is defined as an agreement between organisations or individuals to control the price level of a certain product or service. For example, the intent of...

What are the penalties & sentences for price-fixing?

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In the UK, cartels that act to price fix to restrict competition are considered both a civil issue and a criminal offence. If you or your company are involved with price-fixing , also known as anti-competitive activity, and are found guilty, you could...

Businesses and individuals face prosecution for the sale of 'grey goods'

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‘Grey goods’ are goods that are genuine in that they have been manufactured by, or on behalf of, an official brand owner. However, the goods have not been authorised by the brand owner for sale. The market for these goods is known as...

Offences in relation to licensing houses of multiple occupancy

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A house of multiple occupancy (“HMO”) is defined under the Housing Act 2004 as a property which has at least three tenants living there forming more than one household and the tenants share a toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities with each...

Corporate criminal liability expansion

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The recent announcement by the Ministry of Justice to introduce new corporate criminal offences addressing failure to prevent economic crime heralds a significant expansion in the potential for criminal liability for companies. There is to be a consultation...

Uber taxi app - systematically breaking the law?

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Transport for London (TfL) are taking legal action against the app-based ride-hailing service, Uber, in order to determine whether the company allegedly breaks the law by effectively acting as a ‘taximeter’. (This blog was written before...

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