Tag Archives: UK

Corporate Manslaughter Has Not Gone Away

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A £40,000 fine might not sound much to one of the largest container shipping companies in the world, operating in 58 companies. But in this case it is perhaps the very size of the company concerned and the nature of … Continue reading →

U.K. Court Reaches Directors Overseas

Long British Arm

We still hear a lot about long-arm jurisdiction being exercised by the United States—and rightly so. Rumours of its demise in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment in Morrison v National Bank of Australia have been way overdone. The … Continue reading →

Can You Insure Yourself Against Your Own Illegal Conduct?

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You can’t insure yourself against your own illegal conduct, right? Well, it seems only up to a point. In a recent case a driver and passenger were both injured in a car accident in which prosecutors said the driver was … Continue reading →

UK Supreme Court Extends Pool of Whistleblowers

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The cornerstone of protection for UK employees against discrimination based on whistleblowing is Section 2 of the UK Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. Continue reading →

New Rules Affect Race, Age and Sex Discrimination Claims Against Directors


Some important reforms to the employment tribunal system in the UK were introduced on 6th April 2014. These include a new discretionary power for employment tribunals to impose a financial penalty on an employer if they find that it has … Continue reading →

Changes to the Approved Persons Regime

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In response to the 2013 Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards report, the current Approved Persons regime for banks is being replaced with a strengthened regime for regulating senior individuals. Continue reading →

Invesco Final Notice

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The UK financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) recently imposed a penalty upon Invesco Asset Management and Invesco Fund Managers of £18.6m for failings in fund management. Continue reading →

Broad Misconduct Test and Fault-Based Compensation Orders Create New Headaches for UK Directors

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Back in August last year I blogged about a discussion paper entitled Transparency & Trust: enhancing the transparency of UK company ownership and increasing trust in UK business which had just been published by the Department for Business Innovation and … Continue reading →

Obligation to Advise on Tax Avoidance Revisited

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In July 2013 I highlighted the case of Mehjoo v Harben Barker in which the High Court concluded that a firm of accountants was obliged to advise its clients about the availability of sophisticated tax avoidance schemes. It struck me … Continue reading →

In Pension Benefits, What Can an Employee “Reasonably Expect” From His Employer?

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The surprise answer to this question from the High Court: Perhaps more than the employer wants to offer. Anyway this was the question with which the English High Court recently had to grapple in a mammoth and no-doubt extremely expensive … Continue reading →