2022 Publications

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  • 25 Jul 2022 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fraud is on the rise. The disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic means that all elements of the fraud triangle have been heightened. This is going to continue because of the impacts of the war in Ukraine, rising inflation and the cost of living crisis. The fraud regulatory landscape is changing too, and we can expect increased scrutiny and accountability from government, regulators, and the public moving forward. The measures included in the BEIS white paper ‘Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance’ are likely to form part of stronger rules and regulations improving the prevention, detection, and reporting of fraud. Notably, there are increasing regulatory pressures for company directors to take greater responsibility for ensuring there are robust controls in place to prevent and detect fraud. In turn this is likely to mean company directors will require more assurance and comfort from their internal auditors regarding fraud.

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  • 20 Jun 2022 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Law Commission has today published an options paper for the Government on how it can change the law to ensure that corporations are effectively held to account for committing serious crimes. A number of options are presented

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  • 13 Jun 2022 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This memorandum provides an updated post legislative assessment of the Fraud Act 2006 for submission to the ‘House of Lords Select Committee on the Fraud Act 2006 and Digital Fraud’. The memorandum identified that the nature of fraud cases makes them difficult to prove and the Fraud Act 2006 was intended to give law enforcement the tools they required to tackle it effectively. The responses obtained in the review supported the view that 15 years on the Fraud Act 2006 continues to deliver on its objectives and is still regarded as an incredibly useful piece of legislation.

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  • 09 May 2022 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Treasury Committee published its Eleventh Report of Session 2021–22, Economic crime (HC 145), on 21 April 2022. Responses have been received from HM Treasury, the Financial Conduct Authority, and the Payment Systems Regulator. Those responses are appended to this Report.

    The government has rejected the call for the creation of a single law enforcement agency dedicated to the challenge of combatting economic crime and has confirmed that it intends to create a second Economic Crime Plan due for publication later this year as well as a 10-year Fraud Strategy. The government has also confirmed that the corporate transparency and register reform bill will be brought forward in the Third Session. The bill will include reform of Companies House, reforms to prevent abuse of limited partnerships, new statutory powers to seize and recover illicit crypto assets, and reform via a forthcoming Economic Crime Bill designed to enable greater information sharing across the private sector for the purpose of preventing and detecting economic crime while protecting the rights of individual customers

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  • 21 Mar 2022 11:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Sentencing Council announced that following its first annual consultation on miscellaneous amendments to its sentencing guidelines, amendments will come into effect to improve clarity and to reflect changes in legislation from 1 April 2022.  

    The changes to be introduced include where a compensation order is available but not made, a court must give reasons for not doing so (section 55 Sentencing Code).

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  • 07 Feb 2022 11:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This document describes good practice in interviewing victims and witnesses, and in preparing them to give their best evidence in court.  While it is advisory and does not constitute a legally enforceable code of conduct, practitioners should bear in mind that significant departures from the good practice advocated in it may have to be justified in the courts.

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