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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 01616 966 229.

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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

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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...

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,...

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