Colette Kelly / Partner, Criminal and Regulatory Solicitor / London
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On 9 November 2022, the Law Commission published new reforms to overhaul the UK's criminal confiscation regime. In this article, Partner, Colette Kelly, assisted by trainee, Greg McManus, summarises the current position and looks at the substance of the suggested reforms.
Bernie Ecclestone, former chief executive of Formula 1, is set to face trial before Southwark Crown Court in October 2023 on a charge of fraud by false representation. The charge followed a “complex and worldwide” investigation by HMRC and relates to a Singapore Trust, which Ecclestone allegedly failed to declare for tax purposes, holding assets of an estimated £400m+. This is understood to be a substantial proportion of his net wealth, which is said to include real estate in various jurisdictions, a yacht and private planes.
Announced in Parliament on 22 September 2022, the proposed new Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on 13 October and entered the Committee Stage on 25 October. The strategic objective of the Bill is contribute to the priority to reduce crime, increase the UK's prosperity and enhance security. This insight summarises the key provisions of the Bill.
22-02-2022 / 能源及基础设施
We previously reported on the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) entered into between the SFO and Amec Foster Wheeler Limited (Amec) relating to the use of corrupt agents in the oil and gas sector. The timing of the agreement was particularly significant, as it came on the tenth anniversary of the Bribery Act 2010 and was the tenth DPA entered into by the SFO. As part of the DPA, we reported that Amec had agreed to pay a financial penalty to authorities in the UK, US and Brazil, including compensation to the people of Nigeria.
16-12-2021 / 能源及基础设施
On 10 December 2021, the Court of Appeal in R v Akle & Anor  EWCA Crim 1879 concluded that the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) failure to disclose vital evidence had unfairly led to Ziad Akle (Akle) being convicted and jailed for bribery.
There will be occasions when Family law and Criminal law overlap. However, there will often be clashes and competing interests in the arena of confiscation proceedings and the determination of available assets.
The Sentencing Guidelines Council has today published the first sentencing guidelines for offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA).
19-07-2021 / 能源及基础设施
In a recent case before Westminster Magistrates’ Court, a District Judge has lifted an anonymity order protecting the identity of a couple, known presently as X and Y, who are challenging an application by the National Crime Agency ( NCA) for an account forfeiture order ( AFO ).