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Our specialist teams advise on compliance, investigations and claims, from the development and improvement of compliance controls and systems, including embedding those procedures into the corporate culture, through to investigating issues when they go wrong and defending clients before regulators, prosecutors and in civil proceedings arising from the same issues.”

Our team spans a number of key practice areas, including financial crime, employment, financial services enforcement, competition, data protection, health and safety, environment, sanctions and professional and clinical risks. Through CMS' extensive global network, we can also provide you with seamless advice on cross-border issues.

You can find out about how CMS can help you by visiting the pages below:

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03/06/2018
High­lights of our Ex­per­i­ence in Risk & In­vest­ig­a­tions in the UK
A multi-na­tion­al and rap­idly grow­ing tech­no­logy com­pany on es­tab­lish­ing in­tern­al guidelines and con­trols to en­sure that they did not breach sanc­tions and money-laun­der­ing rules.Co­ordin­at­ing a re­view...
01/01/2019
Risk & In­vest­ig­a­tions Ser­vice
Fraud, cor­rup­tion, tax eva­sion and money laun­der­ing are is­sues high on the pub­lic, polit­ic­al and en­force­ment agen­das around the world. Reg­u­lat­ory and trade bod­ies’ more strin­gent re­stric­tions and trans­par­ency...

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10/01/2023
Please re­lease me - Court of Ap­peal cla­ri­fies how the scope of a set­tle­ment...
The Court of Ap­peal has giv­en guid­ance on the con­struc­tion of a set­tle­ment agree­ment that is ex­pressed to re­lease claims un­known to either party at the date of set­tle­ment, con­firm­ing that claims in con­spir­acy...
05/01/2023
Im­port­ant dead­line im­min­ent for Eco­nom­ic Crime Act
Sum­mary The Eco­nom­ic Crime (Trans­par­ency and En­force­ment) Act 2022 has set up a new Com­pan­ies House re­gister for over­seas en­tit­ies that own cer­tain prop­erty re­gistered at the Land Re­gistry in Eng­land...
22/12/2022
Su­preme Court strikes out £116 mil­lion claim for breach of Quince­care duty...
The UK Su­preme Court has handed down its judg­ment in Stan­ford In­ter­na­tion­al Bank Ltd (In Li­quid­a­tion) (Ap­pel­lant) v HS­BC Bank PLC (Re­spond­ent) [2022] UK­SC 34, strik­ing out a sig­ni­fic­ant claim (£116m)...
07/12/2022
Eng­lish High Court grants sum­mary judg­ment in cryptoasset fraud claim
The Eng­lish High Court has re­cently gran­ted sum­mary judg­ment in fa­vour of Mr Gary Jones, who brought claims against the First De­fend­ant (the per­sons un­known who trans­ferred Mr Jones’ crypto­cur­ren­cies...
01/12/2022
Eng­lish High Court hands down first judg­ment on the new ‘crypto’ ser­vice...
The Eng­lish High Court has gran­ted an or­der re­quir­ing a num­ber of crypto ex­changes to provide a vic­tim of fraud with in­form­a­tion re­gard­ing some of their cus­tom­er ac­counts and the where­abouts of the vic­tim’s...
23/11/2022
Pro­tec­tion from protests
Protest on the streets, protest on­line, even lit­ig­a­tion used as a vehicle for protest.Protest­ors tar­get­ing a busi­ness may be stand­ing in a crowd, hold­ing a plac­ard or shout­ing slo­gans. But they may also be be­hind a com­puter screen or pur­su­ing a claim against the busi­ness through the courts. They may even be work­ing in­side the busi­ness, pre­par­ing to com­prom­ise its sys­tems or leak con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion.Wheth­er they are act­iv­ists, em­ploy­ees or cus­tom­ers, all these protest­ors may present a sub­stan­tial chal­lenge and a real threat to busi­nesses, in areas in­clud­ing its se­cur­ity, repu­ta­tion and bot­tom line. 
03/10/2022
Crypto-fraud: ease of seek­ing rem­ed­ies from Eng­lish courts
Tak­ing ef­fect from 1 Oc­to­ber 2022, the Civil Pro­ced­ure (Amend­ment No. 2) Rules 2022 (SI 2022/783) and 149th Prac­tice Dir­ec­tion Up­date amend CPR Prac­tice Dir­ec­tion 6B (“PD6B”) by cre­at­ing new ‘gate­ways’...
21/09/2022
The new land­scape of European sanc­tions
Since the Rus­si­an in­va­sion of Ukraine on 24 Feb­ru­ary 2022 the law of sanc­tions has been trans­formed, with a sig­ni­fic­ant im­pact on repu­ta­tion­al, com­mer­cial and leg­al risks across many in­dus­tries.  Our...
01/08/2022
Rus­sia sanc­tions up­date: UK bans new in­vest­ment in­to Rus­sia
New UK sanc­tions reg­u­la­tions have come in­to force im­pos­ing the most rig­or­ous re­stric­tion on do­ing busi­ness with Rus­sia since the in­va­sion of Ukraine on 24 Feb­ru­ary 2022. The twelfth amend­ment to the...
28/07/2022
Eng­lish High Court per­mits ser­vice of court pro­ceed­ings by NFT
For the first time out­side the United States and for only the second time world­wide,[1] a court has al­lowed the ser­vice of pro­ceed­ings via non-fun­gible token (NFT).  The judg­ment of Trow­ers J in the...
10/06/2022
Eng­lish High Court treats Non-Fun­gible Tokens as leg­al prop­erty in fraud...
In an im­port­ant rul­ing, the High Court of Eng­land and Wales re­cog­nised that there was at least a real­ist­ic­ally ar­gu­able case that non-fun­gible tokens (“NFTs”) were to be treated as leg­al prop­erty...
29/06/2022
Trends and de­vel­op­ments in data pro­tec­tion reg­u­la­tion and lit­ig­a­tion
Data risk is a key risk for any busi­ness. The po­ten­tial con­sequences of an in­fringe­ment of data pro­tec­tion law are severe, both in terms of reg­u­lat­ory ac­tion and po­ten­tial lit­ig­a­tion in­clud­ing class ac­tions...