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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.

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May 2019
The Ver­dict
Round-up of cor­por­ate crime de­vel­op­ments across CMS
04 Feb 20
Eng­lish High Court rules in cy­ber in­sur­ance case that cryptoassets...
The re­cent Com­mer­cial Court case of AA v Per­sons Un­known[1] con­sidered the leg­al status of cryptoassets as per­son­al prop­erty un­der Eng­lish law. In a sig­ni­fic­ant judg­ment ad­opt­ing the po­s­i­tion held by...
13 Jan 20
SFO suc­cess­fully con­cludes its sixth DPA, but all re­lated in­di­vidu­als...
On 22 Oc­to­ber 2019, Dav­is J ap­proved a de­ferred pro­sec­u­tion agree­ment (“DPA”) between the Ser­i­ous Fraud Of­fice (“SFO”) and Güralp Sys­tems Ltd (“GSL”). This is the sixth DPA con­cluded by the...
04 Dec 19
Court of Ap­peal grants anti-ar­bit­ra­tion in­junc­tion and cla­ri­fies law...
The Court of Ap­peal has al­lowed an ap­peal and made rare and sig­ni­fic­ant or­ders, grant­ing an in­junc­tion re­strain­ing ar­bit­ra­tion pro­ceed­ings and lift­ing a case man­age­ment stay of ap­plic­a­tions to chal­lenge...
29 Nov 19
Cy­ber­se­cur­ity in in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion – new an­swers to (not so)...
The Work­ing Group on Cy­ber­se­cur­ity in Ar­bit­ra­tion has launched the 2020 Cy­ber­se­cur­ity Pro­tocol for In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion (“Pro­tocol”). The Pro­tocol sets valu­able guidelines for parties, ar­bit­rat­ors...
29 Oct 19
Court of Ap­peal cla­ri­fies leg­al po­s­i­tion on jur­is­dic­tion based upon...
A re­cent Court of Ap­peal judg­ment has held that the Eng­lish court is en­titled to ac­cept jur­is­dic­tion to hear sub­stant­ive claims in­volving both Eng­lish “an­chor” de­fend­ants and oth­er for­eign de­fend­ants,...
26 Sep 19
IR35 re­forms: pre­par­ing for April 2020
Back­ground In­tro­duced in 2000, the IR35 rules were in­ten­ded to en­sure that in­di­vidu­als work­ing through an “in­ter­me­di­ary” (usu­ally, but not ne­ces­sar­ily, a per­son­al ser­vice com­pany), who due to the...
18 Jul 19
SFO’s fifth DPA in­tro­duces in­nov­a­tion of par­ent com­pany un­der­tak­ings...
On 4 Ju­ly 2019, a de­ferred pro­sec­u­tion agree­ment (“DPA”) between the Ser­i­ous Fraud Of­fice (“SFO”) and Serco Geo­grafix Lim­ited (“SGL”), a wholly owned sub­si­di­ary with­in the Serco Group was...
06 Jun 19
The Bribery Act 2010 in Scot­land: where are we now?
De­scribed earli­er this year by the House of Lords Se­lect Com­mit­tee as hav­ing cre­ated “an in­ter­na­tion­al gold stand­ard for anti-bribery and cor­rup­tion le­gis­la­tion”, the com­ing month will mark the eight...
28 May 19
Busi­nesses face stricter com­pli­ance and harsh­er pen­al­ties un­der the...
The Home Of­fice com­mis­sioned Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Bar­on­ess Eliza­beth But­ler-Sloss and Maria Miller MP to re­view the op­er­a­tion and ef­fect­ive­ness of the Mod­ern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and to...
24 May 19
Work­ing time - an­oth­er area of ten­sion between European and UK em­ploy­ment...
A re­cent de­cision by the ECJ has high­lighted an­oth­er area where UK em­ploy­ment law is in­con­sist­ent with European law.  This fol­lows on from earli­er cases that flagged dis­crep­an­cies between the cal­cu­la­tion...
14 May 19
The Con­tin­gent Re­im­burse­ment Mod­el Code for APP scams, ef­fect­ive 28...
Read­ers will re­call that The Au­thor­ised Push Pay­ment (“APP”) Scams Steer­ing Group has agreed a Con­tin­gent Re­im­burse­ment Mod­el Code for APP scams (“Code”) which aims to pro­tect cus­tom­ers and re­duce...