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Bright Line Law News

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.

Do not be beguiled by the soothing tones of the UK's FATF Mutual Evaluation report

Speed read: Jonathan Fisher QC reflects on the new FATF report on the UK’s anti-money laundering infrastructure. There is a contrast between its praise of the UK and the reality of money laundering as a continuing threat to high-risk businesses. Emphasis is placed on the need to remain diligent...
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Thinning the line between recklessness and wilful blindness in tax offences

Speedread: In R v Godir [2018] EWCA Crim 2294 the Court of Appeal held that recklessness was insufficient to convict the defendant of two criminal offences. However, tax practitioners should not take too much comfort from the decision as wilful blindness “can equate to knowledge in some circumstances”, and...
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Stopping the Side Hustle: UK Freezes Foreign Student Accounts – Harder than First Thought?

Speed Read: Anita Clifford explores the recent targeting of foreign student bank accounts for freezing pursuant to Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. 95 accounts, totalling an estimated £3.6 million, were frozen in a single day on suspicion of money laundering and other criminality. It will...
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Corporate directing mind and will in civil cases

Speed read: Attributing liability to a company continues to be fraught with difficulty, in both civil and criminal cases. Historically, the courts adopted a more flexible approach in civil cases, and there is room for further development. This article discusses the position, noting that on one recent occasion a court...
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Corporate investigations in the post-ENRC era

Speed read: In this piece Jonathan Fisher QC shares some ideas on legal privilege and the future of self-reporting post Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2006 (“SFO v ENRC”). The key point is that both the corporate and the SFO must establish...
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