This piece, produced by Richard Lissack QC and Robin Lööf, includes updates on recent cases in the commercial crime field, including in relation to:

  • Serious Fraud Office – Major Settlements: an outline of two major cases in which the SFO entered into settlements with companies under investigation for corruption. Both settlements provide clarifications on the application of the relevant sentencing guidelines.
  • Financial Conduct Authority – Enforcement of Regulated Activities by Unauthorised Persons: an overview of the Court of Appeal’s decision in Financial Conduct Authority v Avacade Ltd (t/a Avacade Investment Options) [2021] WLR(D) 481, relating to findings of regulatory contraventions of various provisions of FSMA.
  • Private Prosecutions: consideration of two recent cases which provide clarification on various issues which may arise in the context of private prosecutions.
  • International investigations / Privilege: an outline of The State of Qatar v Banque Havilland SA and Vladimir Bolelyy [2021] EWHC 2172 (Comm) which considered a claim of litigation privilege in internal investigation materials, in light of recent case law.
  • Contempt of Court: an overview of A-G v Crosland [2021] UKSC 15 which relates to a contempt against the Supreme Court and the dividing line between civil and criminal contempts.

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