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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.

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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Tax investigations – responding to a taxpayer notice

Speed read : In The Queen on the application of PML Accounting Limited v The Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs [2018] EWCA Civ 2231, the Court of Appeal held that the taxpayer was not able to argue the invalidity of a taxpayer notice as part of its penalties...
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Sanctions and/or civil recovery for gross human rights violations

Speed read: Two recent pieces of UK legislation provide powers to be used against the perpetrators of gross human rights violations and their accomplices. The first piece of legislation amended the civil recovery powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, pursuant to which enforcement authorities can recover unlawfully...
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The EU’s latest money laundering directive: does the UK comply?

Speed Read:  Directive (EU) 2108/1673 on combating money laundering by criminal law is now in force. It follows soon after the adoption of the Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD). Whereas the UK government confirmed that it will transpose 5MLD into domestic law, it declined to do so for the...
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