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Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Investigations Insight blog, sharing with you our views and insights into the latest trends, risks and developments in business crime and financial services investigations

UK corporate criminal liability reform creeps forward

The UK Law Commission is considering whether corporate criminal liability law should be reformed and two weeks ago MPs proposed a new economic crime corporate offence to be included in the Financial Services Bill. What is the likely way ahead and what are the implications now for companies? Corporate criminal liability for economic crime – Read More

eDiscovery in investigations: emails, chat and laptops

This is the second in a series of blog posts on how to make eDiscovery in investigations as effective and painless as possible. Last time we looked at some of the key decisions that need to be made on how to collect data without tipping-off wrongdoers and in a cost-effective and proportionate manner. In this Read More

eDiscovery in investigations: Collecting evidence efficiently and defensibly

The collection and review of data can be a large, important and potentially costly part of a corporate investigation.  In this blog post, which is the first in a short series on eDiscovery, we will look at how to make data collection and review as effective and painless as possible, whilst at the same time Read More

Woefully inadequate anti-bribery measures lead to deferred prosecution agreement for aircraft refurbishment company

The SFO has concluded a deferred prosecution agreement with Airline Services Limited (ASL), a UK supplier of aircraft cabin parts and services, for failure to prevent bribery under s7 Bribery Act 2010.  Despite the company having received external legal advice on ABAC policies and procedures, it had failed to implement the recommendations adequately: Serious Fraud Read More

SFO releases guidance on deferred prosecution agreements

On 23 October 2020, the SFO published another chapter of its gradually evolving Operational Handbook (the Handbook), this time covering the invariably attention-grabbing topic of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs). This newest addition to the Handbook, which follows and complements last year’s chapter on corporate co-operation, may not present those who are familiar with the SFO’s Read More