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Aziz Rahman outlines the lessons that corporates and senior executives under investigation can learn from the huge Rolls-Royce bribery settlement.
Neil Williams and Aziz Rahman explain the need to make sure your involvement in a carbon credits scheme stays on the right side of the law.
Failure to prevent fraud and other business crime can prove costly to companies. Ben Ticehurst and Aziz Rahman consider what can be done to identify wrongdoing and the options available when it is found.
Aziz Rahman explains how the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) builds a case – and how it can be challenged.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has decided not to prosecute Soma Oil and Gas regarding corruption in Somalia, due to insufficient evidence. Aziz Rahman looks at what insufficient evidence means and how to challenge prosecution allegations.
JP Morgan is paying $264M to settle allegations of bribery over its hiring of children of key Chinese decision makers to try and secure business. Aziz Rahman explains what constitutes bribery and how to prevent it.
Autonomy’s chief financial officer has been charged with fraud over allegations he misled investors. But what is investment fraud? And what are your options if you are defrauded? Aziz Rahman and Neil Williams explain.
Aziz Rahman and Ben Ticehurst explain what you can do if you have fraud committed against you or your company.
Aziz Rahman explains why the latest pharmaceutical bribery scandal emphasises the need for companies to have a strong compliance policy.
Accountants and advisors could face tougher fines for helping clients avoid paying tax. So how can they make sure they do not fall foul of the law?
Aziz Rahman explains the difference between wrongful and fraudulent trading and outlines what those in business need to know to avoid being accused of either.
Aziz Rahman examines some of the issues involved before, during and after a company collapses.
Putting right the wrongs and minimising the damage when your company is accused of business crime.
Aziz Rahman considers whether SFO investigations could be concluded quicker.
What those working in pensions must do to avoid being a victim of fraud – or being accused of it.
With the authorities looking for more ways of tackling money laundering, Aziz Rahman explains why those working in finance must stop it for themselves.
Rahman Ravelli’s Nicola Sharp and Syedur Rahman explain the importance of early legal advice when facing questions regarding a company’s collapse.
The government wants corporate executives charged when their staff carry out offences such as fraud and money laundering. How can you make sure you’re not one of those prosecuted?
Award-winning business crime practice Rahman Ravelli has appointed Ben Ticehurst to its corporate fraud operation.
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 tax evasion is coming under increasing scrutiny from the authorities. So what can you do to avoid being implicated?
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?
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?
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
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?
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.
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?
Pensions firms are falling foul of competition law. The right legal advice would prevent this – and many other problems.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has closed its investigation into allegations of fraudulent conduct on the foreign exchange market. Aziz Rahman examines why investigations are dropped – and how defence teams can influence this.
The tax man’s investigation of online selling is HMRC’s latest battle in the war on VAT fraud.
Tax evasion is back in the news due to the Panama Papers scandal. But how do you defend yourself against such allegations?
Aziz Rahman examines the government proposal for unexplained wealth orders (UWO’s) and argues that there is no real need for them.
With the collapse of High Street giant BHS attracting Serious Fraud Office (SFO) attention, Aziz Rahman explains why its investigators must tread carefully.
With Rahman Ravelli already having published a special advisory guide in the wake of the Mossack Fonseca Panama Papers scandal, we look briefly here at the most recent developments and their implications.
Aziz Rahman explains the risks facing those working in finance who fail to report suspicions of wrongdoing.
With Production Orders now a well-used tactic by police investigating financial crime, Aziz Rahman explains what they are and how those working in finance should react if served with one.
With calls for both crackdowns on annuity charges and greater transparency in pension fund investments, those working in finance need to be extra careful when making decisions.
Why new rules intended to cut red tape in businesses could mean extra responsibilities and risks for accountants.
How to prevent fraud.
After lengthy deliberation, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has dropped fraud charges against Japanese camera maker Olympus and its UK subsidiary Gyrus Group. The charges related to an accounting scandal that came to light four years ago. Since then, the SFO has been looking closely at what happened with a view to securing convictions.
What increased whistle blowing means.
More and more people are becoming willing to report wrongdoing, according to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
SFO Director David Green used a recent speech in London to say that insiders are now increasingly keen to speak out against wrongdoing. Perhaps more importantly, the SFO head declared that his organisation is now using increasing numbers of whistle blowers in its investigations.
Latest implications of the Bribery Act.
Brand-Rex Limited has made an unwanted piece of legal history.
The Scottish company would prefer to be talked about for its expertise in developing cabling solutions for business. Yet it is perhaps now best known for being the first UK Company to be penalised for contravention of Section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010. Brand-Rex avoided criminal prosecution and was instead ordered to pay £212,800 by way of a civil recovery order after self-reporting that it had failed to prevent bribery by a third party associated with the company – an offence under Section 7.
Euribor charges put compliance at top of the agenda.
With 10 bankers having been charged over Euribor, it seems as if change is in the air.
Ten former employees of Deutsche Bank and Barclays have been charged in relation to allegations that they plotted to fix benchmark euro interest rates. Charges of conspiracy to defraud have been brought; with nine men and one woman due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on January 16.
Why the VW emissions-testing scandal is as much about fraud, compliance and liability as it is about clean air.
Arrests over alleged landfill tax fraud have put environment-related business crime in the spotlight. Aziz Rahman explains how such accusations can be challenged.
Aziz Rahman explains why the dropping of plans for an offence of failing to prevent economic crime is no excuse for making prevention a low priority.
The government has quietly dropped plans for a new corporate crime offence. But this cannot be seen as a reason to be complacent about business crime.
In a written reply to Conservative MP Byron Davies, Justice Minister Andrew Selpous revealed that the government is no longer seeking to create an offence of “failure to prevent economic crime’’ such as fraud and money laundering. The minister explains in his reply that there is little evidence of corporate economic wrongdoing going unpunished. Some may disagree but the fact that the issue was being considered indicated that the government’s antennae are attuned very closely to the need to combat business crime.
The UK’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA’s) are set to be reached. Here, Aziz Rahman explains the need to be careful when considering entering into one.
What you need to know about the SFO – Aziz Rahman explains how you can challenge its fraud allegations.
All the evidence indicates that the authorities no longer view mortgage brokers as the middle man, free from all blame. As a result, brokers are increasingly finding themselves in the dock along with people who made the fraudulent mortgage applications that aroused the interest of investigators.
What has been achieved since the introduction of the Act that was intended to tackle bribery in business?
By Aziz Rahman, Solicitor and Jonathan Lennon, Barrister
It is well known that material gathered from intercepted phone calls cannot be evidence in a criminal trial in this country. In fact s17 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (“RIPA”) provides that it is unlawful even to ask questions in Court about the existence of intercept material. The reason is to avoid the general public learning of the authorities’ abilities and, more to the point, what the authorities cannot do. This prohibition must surely end one of these days – many prosecutors feel frustrated that they cannot use such material; equally many defendants feel that the Crown have in their possession material that may assist their defence.