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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

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TRADING ABROAD AND MONEY LAUNDERING RISKS

April 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Aziz Rahman explains what those trading internationally need to do to ensure they are not targeted by money launderers.

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THE FUTURE FOR CORPORATE LIABILITY

April 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

With the government looking at how to change the law when it comes to prosecuting companies, Aziz Rahman considers the possibilities.

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PAYMENT REGULATIONS AND COMPLIANCE

April 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Ben Ticehurst explains why new regulations regarding company payment practices are a sharp reminder of the need to be legally compliant.

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MONEY LAUNDERING OBLIGATIONS AND PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS

April 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

With the housing market facing further scrutiny regarding money laundering, Aziz Rahman outlines what those working in the property sector must do to stay within the law.

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THE ROLLS-ROYCE DPA – LESSONS THAT CAN BE LEARNT

March 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Aziz Rahman outlines the lessons that corporates and senior executives under investigation can learn from the huge Rolls-Royce bribery settlement.

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CARBON CREDIT FRAUD – AVOIDING THE PITFALLS

March 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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TACKLING BUSINESS CRIME IN YOUR WORKPLACE

March 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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DEFENDING SFO ACCUSATIONS

March 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Aziz Rahman explains how the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) builds a case – and how it can be challenged.

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CHALLENGING PROSECUTION ALLEGATIONS AT THE INVESTIGATION STAGE

January 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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THE JP MORGAN SCANDAL AND THE DEFINITION OF BRIBERY

January 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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IDENTIFYING AND INVESTIGATING INVESTMENT FRAUD

January 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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BRINGING A PRIVATE PROSECUTION

January 2017. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Aziz Rahman and Ben Ticehurst explain what you can do if you have fraud committed against you or your company.

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Bitter Pill

November 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Aziz Rahman explains why the latest pharmaceutical bribery scandal emphasises the need for companies to have a strong compliance policy.

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No Avoiding It

November 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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?

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Fair Trade?

November 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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Collapse

November 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Aziz Rahman examines some of the issues involved before, during and after a company collapses.

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Damage Limitation

November 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Putting right the wrongs and minimising the damage when your company is accused of business crime.

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LENGTHY SFO INVESTIGATIONS

November 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Aziz Rahman considers whether SFO investigations could be concluded quicker.

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Pensions and the risk of fraud

November 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

What those working in pensions must do to avoid being a victim of fraud – or being accused of it.

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WHY THOSE IN FINANCE MUST TACKLE MONEY LAUNDERING

November 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

With the authorities looking for more ways of tackling money laundering, Aziz Rahman explains why those working in finance must stop it for themselves.

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INSOLVENCY AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

November 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Rahman Ravelli’s Nicola Sharp and Syedur Rahman explain the importance of early legal advice when facing questions regarding a company’s collapse.

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PREVENTING FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING

November 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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?

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RAHMAN RAVELLI BRINGS BEN TICEHURST INTO ITS EXPANDING CORPORATE FRAUD DEPARTMENT

October 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Award-winning business crime practice Rahman Ravelli has appointed Ben Ticehurst to its corporate fraud operation.

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The Preferred Option?

October 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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Offshore Things

October 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Offshore tax evasion is coming under increasing scrutiny from the authorities. So what can you do to avoid being implicated?

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Real Benefits

October 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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?

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Insecure

October 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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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KEEPING IT CLEAN

August 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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

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IN-HOUSE FRAUD

August 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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?

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ABSENT

August 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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SEARCHING

August 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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?

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Uncompetitive

July 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Pensions firms are falling foul of competition law. The right legal advice would prevent this – and many other problems.

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All Over

July 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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ONLINE OFFENSIVE

July 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

The tax man’s investigation of online selling is HMRC’s latest battle in the war on VAT fraud.

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Evasion Action

July 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Tax evasion is back in the news due to the Panama Papers scandal. But how do you defend yourself against such allegations?

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Hard to Explain

July 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Aziz Rahman examines the government proposal for unexplained wealth orders (UWO’s) and argues that there is no real need for them.

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Shopping Around

July 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

With the collapse of High Street giant BHS attracting Serious Fraud Office (SFO) attention, Aziz Rahman explains why its investigators must tread carefully.

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Shredded

July 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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FINANCIAL REPORTS

April 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Aziz Rahman explains the risks facing those working in finance who fail to report suspicions of wrongdoing.

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THE RIGHT WAY TO RESPOND TO A PRODUCTION ORDER

April 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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THE PRICE OF ADVICE

April 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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RED ALERT

April 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Why new rules intended to cut red tape in businesses could mean extra responsibilities and risks for accountants.

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ACCOUNTING AND FRAUD

January 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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AGENTS OF RISK

January 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Estate agents and money laundering.

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WHISTLING LOUDER

January 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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BRIBERY ACT CONTRAVENTION

January 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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EURIBOR WARNING

January 2016. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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TESTING TIMES

November 2015. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Why the VW emissions-testing scandal is as much about fraud, compliance and liability as it is about clean air.

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GOING TO GROUND

November 2015. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

Arrests over alleged landfill tax fraud have put environment-related business crime in the spotlight. Aziz Rahman explains how such accusations can be challenged.

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DROPPED

November 2015. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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DPA’S – WHEN ARE THEY THE RIGHT OPTION?

September 2015. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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THE SERIOUS FRAUD OFFICE AND YOU

September 2015. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

What you need to know about the SFO – Aziz Rahman explains how you can challenge its fraud allegations.

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Don't Go for Broke

June 2015. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

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.

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FIVE YEARS OF THE BRIBERY ACT

June 2015. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

What has been achieved since the introduction of the Act that was intended to tackle bribery in business?

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Foreign Intercepts

June 2015. Press Releases by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors (view listing).

FOREIGN INTERCEPTS

Challenging Admissibility

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.

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Legal Developments by:
Rahman Ravelli

  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS – CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
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Legal Developments in the UK

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‘centre of life test’ in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has  ‘previously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules’,  the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11). 
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS – CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal. The  explanatory notes  to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the  Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002  (“the 2002 Act”). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.