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This portal provides busy practitioners with short commentaries on significant developments in the field of white collar crime. The commentaries are franked by their topicality and practical insight, with an emphasis on implications not always visible at first glance.

Gross Human Rights Abuse and Property Forfeiture in the UK

Speed read: The Criminal Finances Bill 2016 is set to be passed in Spring 2017.  Clause 12 proposes to expand the definition of “unlawful conduct” appearing in Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to include gross abuse of human rights.  Bright Line Law was instructed by the
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Contracts procured by bribery: National Iranian Oil Company v Crescent Petroleum Company International, Crescent Gas Corporation Ltd [2016] EWHC 510 (Comm)

Speed Read: In October 2016, the High Court rejected an application to set aside an arbitration panels decision on the grounds of alleged bribery and corruption. Natasha Reurts discusses the High Court’s decision, the consequences for contracts procured through bribery or corruption and whether the decision would have been decided
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Unexplained Wealth Laws: The Overseas Experience

Speed Read: This piece canvasses the international experience of implementing, enforcing and utilising unexplained wealth laws with the aim of drawing out important loopholes to close and lessons to learn for the UK. Introduction Since the 1990s, there has been a worldwide review of national legal frameworks and approaches to
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Food crime on the enforcement menu

food crimeSpeed read: Anita Clifford discusses the emerging focus on ‘food crime’ by law enforcement agencies in the UK and elsewhere, and scope for developing the criminal law response to wrongdoing in the food and drink industry. On 1 December 2016, the first Food Crime Reporting Hotline was launched in the
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A Magnitsky clause for the UK

Speed read: Jonathan Fisher QC comments on the new ‘Magnitsky’ proposal to recover the assets of human rights abusers proposed in the UK last week. Jonathan and Bright Line Law were instructed to advise on the framing of the proposal. On 28 November 2016 a cross-party group of MPs proposed
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