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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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White-collar criminals outsmart the Serious Fraud Office

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The amount recovered from convicted white-collar criminals is falling as fraudsters devise increasingly complex ways of hiding their assets. The Serious Fraud Office confiscated £3.9 million in proceeds of crime over the period 2012 to 2013, despite...

Financial Conduct Authority data shows a reduction in consumer complaints but that doesn't tell the full story

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Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which? said recently, with regards to financial complaints by consumers, that “It’s good to see the number of complaints overall is falling but the figures are still far too high, and it’s unacceptable...

New sentencing guidelines for fraud, bribery and money laundering

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The Sentencing Council has published a new definitive guideline on fraud, bribery and money laundering offences committed by corporate offenders which will come into force on 1 st October 2014. The guidelines will apply to all corporate offenders sentenced...

Bitcoin - A digital currency for a digital age, but what are the legal implications?

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Bitcoin is a crypto-currency, so called because it uses public key cryptography for security, and is a peer-to-peer version of electronic cash. Users send payments by broadcasting digitally signed messages to the network. Transactions are verified,...

Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and confiscation proceedings

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What are confiscation proceedings? Confiscation proceedings are brought following a conviction for an offence where there has been a financial gain. This could be a fraud, drugs or indeed any regulatory offence where it is perceived that the criminal...

Restraint Orders - when your assets have been frozen

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I have been made the subject of a restraint order what does this mean? This means that a Court has been asked to freeze all or some of your assets including bank accounts, property and vehicles. You will not be able to transfer or sell any assets listed...

What to do if you are arrested or under investigation by the police

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Being under investigation or arrested is never a pleasant experience and if you have not received legal advice it can be even more distressing. Call us on 0175 321 6399 , we have specialist lawyers on call 24 hrs a day 7 days a week who are ready to...

The importance of having expert confiscation/POCA solicitors

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It is widely accepted that the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) is a highly complex area of law. What many people facing these proceedings are unaware of is that whereas the burden of proof for the primary offence is on the prosecution to prove guilt, for the...

Environmental offences - inconsistent fines will be history

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Over the past few months two Environment Agency prosecutions demonstrate the significant inconsistency in fines imposed by different Magistrates’ Courts.  At the present time, it appear to be something of a ‘postcode lottery’ in terms...

Courts can order the recalculation of available assets

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The Court of Appeal ordered the recalculation of a defendant’s available amount seven years after his original confiscation proceedings and where he had acquired assets through his legitimate business. In 2006 Mr Padda pleaded guilty to several drug...

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