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SFO rhetoric about cooperating witnesses continues to pile on the pressure

Lisa Osofsky, Director of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), has talked about wanting to bring cases to life for juries by relying on cooperating offenders to give evidence against senior individuals. She reinforced this message last week at the GIR Live, Women in Investigations conference. The SFO’s aim here is to bring more senior Read More

My turn to ask the SFO a few questions

Normally it is my clients who are on the receiving end of questions from the SFO, so I was delighted to be given the opportunity by GIR on Wednesday to be able to put some questions to the Director of the SFO, Lisa Osofsky,  about a number of issues that individuals and companies have been Read More

Things you might have missed from the FCA’s enforcement action against Carphone Warehouse

The UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) enforcement action against Carphone Warehouse (CPW) featured the second focused resolution agreement that the FCA has entered into. Importantly, this is the first focused resolution agreement that has resulted in a change being made to the financial penalty that the FCA imposed. However, relatively little air time has been Read More

DPA penalty discount for self reporting: change recommended by House of Lords committee

The operation of the Bribery Act 2010 has been subjected to post-legislative scrutiny for the first time since it came into force. A House of Lords Committee heard evidence from businesses, NGOs, lawyers, judges, enforcement authorities and the government. The report, published on 14 March, is largely very positive about the impact of the Act. Read More

Instant Messaging Apps and Corporate Record Retention Policies: revised DOJ guidance for companies

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued revised guidance regarding what records companies must retain to be eligible for full remediation credit under the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy. Previously, the Policy effectively required companies to ban the use of any ephemeral messaging applications which automatically delete data, such as WhatsApp and Wickr. The amended Read More