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Our serious fraud and business crime specialists regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

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

Priscilla Addo-Quaye
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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...

Third party interests and confiscation proceedings

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The Serious Crime Act 2015 was introduced to ensure that the National Crime Agency, the police and other law enforcement agencies have the powers they need to pursue, disrupt and bring to justice those engaged in serious and organised crime.  The new...

Important changes to confiscation law as a result of the Serious Crime Act 2015

Priscilla Addo-Quaye
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The Serious Crime Act 2015 (the act) was introduced to ensure that the National Crime Agency, the police and other law enforcement agencies have the powers they need to pursue, disrupt and bring to justice those engaged in serious and organised crime.  ...

Letter of the law: Debt collection practices to be reviewed following further evidence of Wonga-style letters

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It recently emerged that the Student Loans Company have been sending misleading Wonga-style letters to students since 2005 and is now being put under pressure to compensate over 300,000 graduates as a result. The call to compensate the affected graduates...

Canoe man ordered to pay £40,000

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John Darwin, the man who faked his own death in a canoe accident in order to claim life insurance was ordered to pay a £40,000 lump sum over to the authorities after two of his pensions matured. John Darwin was reported missing in a canoe in the North...

New rules on land access aimed to boost fracking

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The Government support of fracking was reiterated recently with proposed new rules regarding rights to access land. The proposal is that shale oil and gas companies are granted access to land below 400m from the surface. Those living above the land would be...

Incidents of courier fraud on the rise

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Criminals are devising ever more sophisticated ways to commit bank fraud, with incidents of courier fraud on the rise. Courier fraud is where a person is contacted by telephone and informed by the caller that their bank cards have been used fraudulently and...

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