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Edition: September 2016


  • Bitter Pill
    According to US legal papers, the firm had been accused of making improper payments to health care providers in Russia and China. Perhaps most tellingly, the papers show that from 2005 until at least 2010, AstraZeneca’s internal accounting controls were incapable of tracking interactions between its China and Russia subsidiaries and state-appointed healthcare officials in those countries.
  • No Avoiding It
    Under new Treasury rules that have been published for consultation, a fine of up to 100% of the tax that was avoided could be imposed on any accountant or financial advisor whose efforts to help a client escape paying tax are judged to be unlawful.
  • Fair Trade?
    Wrongful trading is where a company director knows, or should have realised, that the firm was going into liquidation but continues trading. Fraudulent trading is where a company director knows or should have realised that the firm was going into liquidation but continues trading with the intention of defrauding creditors. It is this intention to defraud creditors that distinguishes fraudulent trading from wrongful trading – and why fraudulent trading carries heavier penalties, as it is always a criminal act.
  • Collapse
    The recent allegations surrounding the demise of BHS are a classic example: Philip Green’s financial tactics, Dominic Chappell’s unsuitability for running a company and BHS’s failure to move with the times are just three of the accusations that have regularly been made. The Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee has asked the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to start a formal inquiry, Green and Chappell seem intent on criticising each other, meanwhile BHS staff lose their jobs and worry about their pensions.
  • Damage Limitation
    It must decide what legal support, if any, to offer to those who are accused of the wrongdoing. But most importantly, the company has to do what it can to ensure its continued existence. Whether the company is now being run by a new regime or by those untainted by the allegations, those in charge must look forward and plan ahead.

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Edition: August 2016


  • Real Benefits
    The European Commission is to bring in tougher anti-money laundering rules following the Panama Papers scandal. What do you need to know about money laundering if you are involved in the financial side of business?
  • Retrial
    Two bankers face a retrial over Libor manipulation. Four have just been jailed for it. Aziz Rahman looks at how to defend conspiracy to defraud allegations and the main issues in investment fraud.
  • The Preferred Option
    The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has announced its second deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). Aziz Rahman considers how they could affect business and what you need to know about them.
  • Offshore Thing
    Offshore tax evasion is coming under increasing scrutiny from the authorities. So what can you do to avoid being implicated?
  • Insecure
    Extra funding has been given to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to investigate bribery allegations. It’s a clear indicator that bribery is high on the government’s agenda. So what does this mean for those involved in business finance?

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Edition: July 2016


  • Keeping It Clean
    The UK government is looking to clamp down on money laundering and terrorist financing. Aziz Rahman explains how to identify signs of money laundering – and what to do to make sure you don’t fall victim to it.
  • In-House Fraud
    Mortgage and property transaction fraud is up by 50% in a year. How can mortgage brokers and other professionals in the property sector ensure they are not duped into it? What should they do if they are investigated?
  • Searching
    The raid on Google’s HQ in Paris over allegations of tax evasion is a sign that no one is too big to be raided. But what is the legal basis for a raid? And how can this be challenged?
  • Absent
    New SFO guidance restricts people’s right to have a solicitor present when interviewed under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act. Aziz Rahman examines the implications and stresses the importance of tackling the restrictions.
  • All Change?
    Aziz Rahman considers the Crown Prosecution Service’s report on the Serious Fraud Office and wonders what, if anything, needs to change.
Keeping It Clean
The UK government is looking to clamp down on money laundering and terrorist financing. Aziz Rahman explains how to identify signs of money laundering – and what to do to make sure you don’t fall victim to it.
In-House Fraud
Mortgage and property transaction fraud is up by 50% in a year. How can mortgage brokers and other professionals in the property sector ensure they are not duped into it? What should they do if they are investigated?
Searching
The raid on Google’s HQ in Paris over allegations of tax evasion is a sign that no one is too big to be raided. But what is the legal basis for a raid? And how can this be challenged?
Absent
New SFO guidance restricts people’s right to have a solicitor present when interviewed under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act. Aziz Rahman examines the implications and stresses the importance of tackling the restrictions.
Failure
Headlines about bribery and corruption should make people aware of how they should seek the right legal help should they be investigated.

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