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Tackling Tax Evasion – the new Law coming into force with the Finance Act 2016

Raj Chada

Posted by Raj Chada | Partner
On 20th June 2017

Companies are liable for criminal acts committed by employees who encourage or assist tax evasion by other individuals, even in cases where senior management were either uninvolved or unware of the acts. The only defence that an organisation can have against being criminally liable, is that it had “reasonable procedures” in place to prevent such matters occurring. The consequences of failing to do so have the potential to lead to criminal prosecution and unlimited financial penalties.

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Rolls Royce PLC and Barclays PLC – The lessons ….

Posted by Jennifer Siddorn | Associate
On 20th June 2017

The Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) has today charged Barclays PLC and four individuals with conspiracy to commit fraud and the provision of unlawful financial assistance. This course of action is in stark contrast to the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) which was entered into by the SFO and Rolls Royce PLC (“RR”) and approved by Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division on 17 January 2017. The contrasting fates of both organisations raises interesting debate on when a company should be prosecuted.

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Reaching out to the homeless of Grenfell Tower

Suzanne Bird

Posted by Suzanne Bird | Solicitor
On 19th June 2017

Like all of us in London, and the UK, every member of staff at HJA has been shaken and devastated by the tragedy of the last week for the residents of Grenfell Towers.
…Most recently my mind has turned to the rights of the people who have lost their homes and providing some suggestions of help and assistance for victims and their families…

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