In November 2017, CIFAS, the UK’s fraud prevention service released statistics showing a 75% rise in the number of 18 to 24 year old’s who are letting their bank accounts be used to transfer the proceeds of crime. CIFAS, along with UK Finance ran a ‘Don’t Be Fooled’ campaign which aims to deter young people […]
Andrew Bailey, CEO of the FCA, has this week written to IFPRU and BIPRU investment firms requesting them to review their prudential reporting practices. This was as a result of the FCA discovering that large numbers of firms are submitting inaccurate and incomplete returns. So, if you are the CFO, expect questions from your CEO, […]
Today’s news that the William Hill will face penalties of at least £6.2m following settlement with the Gambling Commission will have sent shock waves across the industry. This is the second largest financial penalty levied by the Commission, and the highest in relation to financial crime concerns. Other gaming firms should take note…
The Gambling Commission has conducted a ‘thematic review’ which has reportedly revealed shortcomings in antimoney laundering controls. Early this year, the Gambling Commission wrote to 195 UK-based remote casino operators with summary findings… …In short, remote casinos are not doing enough to prevent or detect the misuse of their services to launder criminal proceeds or fund terrorism…
The bill of law to implement the provisions of the EU Directive 2016/1164 on anti-tax avoidance (ATAD) in Luxembourg law was made available on 20 June 2018. Subject to parliamentary approval, Luxembourg will introduce controlled foreign corporation (CFC), interest deduction limitation and anti-hybrid rules. It will also modify its existing general anti-abuse rule..
Act 23/2018, establishing the legal framework on the right to compensation for damages from infringements of competition law, was published on 5 June 2018. This legislative act transposes into Portuguese law the Directive 2014/104/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 November 2014, which established common rules to all Member States on […]
By Paula Rome The widely reported decision in Pimlico Plumbers emphasises the risks of retaining control over staff. However, such control can be key to protecting an organisations’ brand and reputation in the marketplace. Where does this leave us? What does control mean?
By Antonia Blackwell In this instalment of our ‘Breaking Down the Handbook’ series, we look at whistleblowing policies, why they are needed, what they should contain and what traps employers need to avoid. What does whistleblowing mean?
By Miranda Nairn There is a common misconception that once in possession of a decree absolute (the final decree dissolving a marriage), your divorce is done and dusted and you and your ex-spouse can walk off into the sunset, in opposite directions, never to see or hear from each other again. In fact, unless you […]
After successfully advising client Barclays on the UK Government’s banking ring-fencing scheme, Slaughter and May has led for Santander as its becomes the fourth major bank to be accepted. The bank was accepted into the scheme following a High Court hearing on 12 June and has committed to transferring all relevant accounts into the ring-fenced […]
Linklaters and Baker McKenzie have led in the €1.2 billion sale of the world’s largest air cargo handler, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), to New York based private equity company Cerberus Capital Management. Linklaters corporate partners Ben Rodham and Christopher Boycott acted for Cerberus, which from 2015 has been owned by Platinum Equity. They were supported by finance partners Daniel […]
Latham & Watkins looks set to become to the latest firm to boost its associate pay scale as the battle over young legal talent intensifies. Lawyers at the firm are understood to have met yesterday to discuss the salary proposals which, if the firm elects to increase pay, could see associates paid between $190,000 and $340,000. […]
Flexible legal resources provider Axiom is considering an initial public offering in a bid to turbocharge the company’s growth, The Lawyer understands. Sources close to the matter claim that the firm’s internal talks are reaching a head after several years of deliberation. An Axiom spokesperson said today: “Axiom does not comment on rumours or market speculation”. […]
Knights, which this month announced its intention to become the fifth publicly listed UK law firm, has hired the European IT director at Procter & Gamble to oversee a “technology transformation” as part of the listing. Richard King will join Knights on 1 July as a non-executive director to lead the business’ tech overhaul. Knights’ […]