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Latest news & updates from Bright Line Law.
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.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Overview and Future Developments

Speed Read: Natasha Reurts provides an overview of the requirements placed on business by the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and discusses various aspects of the framework, similar international trends and future developments in the area. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”) applies to both public and private companies...
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Preparing a Firm’s Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment and the Independent Audit Function

Speed Read: Jonathan Fisher QC discusses the changes to risk assessment and the introduction of the independent audit function effected by the new Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer)  Regulations 2017. Money laundering reporting officers and nominated officers operating within the regulated sector...
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Failure to Prevent: Corporate Liability at the Cost of Individual Due Process?

Speed Read: This piece explores whether the failure to prevent model at the heart of the new offence of corporate failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion contains a due process deficit. Introduction The new corporate offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion reflects a wider...
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Data Breach as a Boardroom Issue? Considering Potential Corporate Criminal Liability

By Anita Clifford and Natasha Reurts Speed Read: In recent months, discussion about the “failure to prevent” model of corporate liability has gained momentum. Considered below is a recent working paper by The White Collar Crime Centre which explores whether the model could apply to data breach. Introduction The...
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Duty to disclose under section 3 of the Fraud Act 2006? The decision in HKSAR v Luk Kin Peter Joseph

Speed Read:  Justin Bong-Kwan discusses the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal’s interpretation in HKSAR v Luk Kin Peter Joseph (FACC 6/2016) of when a fiduciary relationship may arise under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201) as well as the implications such an interpretation may have in relation...
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