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On October 1, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 went into effect in the UK.  Divided into three parts, the Act applies to the entire United Kingdom, and extends consumer rights and significantly restructures overall business-to-consumer relationships.  We have summarized the legislation and identified ways in which UK businesses that deal with consumers will likely be affected.  In addition, we propose some ways that businesses can prepare for these changes. For more information on this topic, please click…
On October 1, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 went into effect in the UK.  The Act, which is divided into three parts, encompasses the entire United Kingdom, and extends consumer rights and significantly restructures overall business-to-consumer relationships.  We have summarized the legislation and identified ways in which UK businesses that deal with consumers will likely be affected.  In addition, we propose some ways that businesses can prepare for these changes. For more information on this…
From 3 May 2015, businesses in the UK will face new risks as a reform in the law will mean that those enabling the criminal activities of an organised crime group, including professionals, can be prosecuted more easily. It is important that all businesses are alive to the risk of not asking questions, or of failing to reconsider the wider context of their work once a suspicion arises. To find out more about the impact…
On 23 October 2012, the UK Ministry of Justice published the Government’s response to the consultation on deferred prosecution agreements (“DPAs”). This confirmed that DPAs will be introduced in England and Wales as an alternative to prosecution of companies for fraud, bribery and money laundering offences. The Government intends to amend the Crime and Courts Bill, which is currently under consideration by Parliament, so that DPAs are introduced from 2014. A DPA is a written…
On 30 March 2011, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Director of Public Prosecutions published their joint guidance for prosecutors (the Guidance) for offences under the UK’s new Bribery Act, which comes into force on 1 July 2011. This coincides with the publication of the final guidance issued by the Department of Justice on the adequate procedures defence to the s. 7 corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery.  Bribery Act 2010 – Adequate