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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.

Australian anti-bribery law reform: Implications for UK business

Speed read: Anita Clifford distils Australia’s proposed new anti-bribery architecture, drawing out the differences with the UK framework and implications for British companies doing business in Australia. On 6 December 2017, the Australian government revealed proposed new legislation targeting corporate and financial crime. The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate...
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The Obligation to Conduct Investigations Diligently and Expeditiously: A Safeguard?

Speed Read: Natasha Reurts discusses the extension to the moratorium period and questions whether a built-in safeguard exists in the requirement to demonstrate that the case has been investigated diligently and expeditiously. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (“the Act”) represents a significant advancement in the approach to investigation and...
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Bribery as a Tax Evasion Issue

Speed read: Anita Clifford examines the connection between bribery and tax evasion in circumstances where there may be reluctance to commence a bribery prosecution. When it was introduced in 2010, the Bribery Act 2010 was billed as a testament to the UK wanting to “play a leading role in...
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Money Laundering Regulations 2017: Use of Software Systems and Technology

Speed Read: On 11 October 2017, Jonathan Fisher QC delivered a presentation at the BAE Business Defence Forum: The Financial Crime Front Line. Jonathan addressed the topic of recent developments and interesting cases in anti-money laundering and provided an overview of legislative updates. Natasha Reurts draws out the aspects...
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Where are we now? Money Laundering Regulations 2017 Guidance and the UK’s new National Risk Assessment

Speed Read: With the Criminal Finances Act 2017 and the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 having come into force in April and June 2017 respectively, Natasha Reurts assesses the developments and distils the key points arising from the UK’s second comprehensive National Risk Assessment and recent draft guidance on the...
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