Government legislates in bid for net zero carbon emissions
The government has amended the Climate Change Act 2008 to set a target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Limber up for rate reform
Rate reform has been high on the FCA agenda since 2013, arising out of the financial crisis in 2007. And this year will see Finance House Base Rate (FHBR) disappear. In this article, we consider what firms should be doing now to prepare for this.
Impact of sentencing guideline on regulatory fines
The impact of the Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guideline (the “Guideline”), introduced on 1 February 2016, has recently been analysed in a Sentencing Council report (impact assessment).
When an occupier’s waste becomes a landowner’s problem
A landowner has been convicted and fined after his tenants illegally stockpiled waste wood on his land.
Business energy efficiency reporting – goodbye CRC, hello SECR
After abolishing the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, the government has made regulations requiring additional reporting by quoted companies, large unquoted companies and large LLPs on greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and energy efficiency action
Sentences for manslaughter offences set to increase
The Sentencing Council has released a definitive sentencing guideline for manslaughter offences which will come into force on 1 November 2018.
Landowners' liability for occupiers' abandoned waste
An unsuccessful appeal by a landowner against a conviction for knowingly permitting an unauthorised waste operation on its land has highlighted the risks to landowners of incurring criminal liability if former occupiers abandon waste on their land.
Imminent changes to waste rules - it's not all rubbish
Waste crime has been identified by the government as one of the most critical problems in the environmental sector.
Clean, green growth for the UK
The government has published two important papers on delivering clean economic growth and infrastructure.
Drafting an Anti-Slavery Statement: What not to do
When preparing your company's Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) statement, it can be hard to know where to start.
HSE makes FFI invoice dispute procedure fully independent
The HSE has announced that all invoice disputes raised under the Fees for Intervention (FFI) scheme will be considered by a fully independent panel.
New corporate offences introduced: Failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion
The new corporate offences of 'failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion' under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 came into effect on 30 September 2017.
Uncertainty ahead for the contaminated land regime?
A successful appeal against a remediation notice has highlighted the difficulties faced by local authorities when trying to secure the remediation of contaminated land.
New Sentencing Guidelines for Manslaughter Offences
On the 4 July 2017, the Sentencing Council announced a consultation on its proposals for how offenders convicted of manslaughter should be sentenced in England and Wales.
Changes to the environmental impact assessment regime
From 16 May 2017, new rules apply to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) regime in England with the introduction of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (2017 Regulations).
Fracking up the pressure - Chapter 2
In our October 2016 legal update 'Fracking up the pressure', we reported on the Secretary of State's (SoS) decisions in relation to four planning appeals made by the natural resources exploration and production company, Cuadrilla.
Sentencing Guidelines: courts' comments confirm a harsher world for regulatory offences!
Sentencing Guidelines, introduced on 1 February 2016 for Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and Corporate Manslaughter offences are starting to bite.
Get in quick - Reductions in sentencing for early guilty plea
The criminal courts have long provided an incentive to defendants, in the form of a substantial reduction in sentence, to plead guilty at an early stage in proceedings.
Record £20 million fine for water pollution offences
Penalties for environmental offences have been increasing since the introduction of the Sentencing Council's 'Environmental Offences: Definitive Guideline' ('the Guideline').
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme: a legal requirement, not voluntary
The government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) makes it mandatory for 'large undertakings' in the UK to carry out an energy audit every four years and notify the Environment Agency that they have done so.
Reporting on payment practices and performance regulations - unlimited fines
This article looks at the new reporting on payment practices and performance regulations and the unlimited fines in place for non-compliance.
Pricing Practices Guidelines: regulator sword or business shield?
This article looks at the non-statutory guidelines on pricing practices published by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and discusses whether they act as a sword for the regulator or a shield for businesses.
Modern Slavery Act compliance - Are you ready for benchmarking?
While it is estimated that some 12,000 UK companies are required to publish a statement under Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act, to date less than 10% have done so.
Modern Slavery Act compliance - A cut and paste job?
As organisations seek to comply with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act, by publishing statements setting out their efforts to combat modern slavery in supply chains, is it in danger of becoming a 'tick box exercise'?
Modern Slavery Act - Just compliance or should you consider wider Human Rights?
While organisations are working towards publishing their first statement regarding transparency in their supply chain or still embedding systems to ensure their next statement shows a continuous improvement approach, things are moving on.
Health and safety fines - Scotland
How should Scottish Courts apply the Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences: Definitive Guideline?
Police warrants to recover documents held by Scottish solicitors
A High Court Judge in Scotland has recently criticised the basis upon which the Crown Prosecution Service obtained and sought to enforce a warrant to recover papers and documents held by a law firm's office in Edinburgh.
Health and safety - Scotland
It will be interesting to see whether the recent fine of £5m on the operator of Alton Towers has any influence on the future approach to be taken by Scottish Courts in Health and Safety sentencing.
Alton Towers fined £5m for 'needless and avoidable' accident
A day after the Health & Safety Executive announced it would be prosecuting the manufacturer of an ejector seat which fatally deployed while a Hawk jet was on the ground, a Midlands' Court has handed down a record fine for a non-fatal accident in the UK.
Modern slavery: statements due September 2016
Organisations with a financial year end from 31 March 2016 must publish their modern slavery statement by next month. Has your organisation complied?
Modern slavery legislation: a global outlook
The UK is leading the way in the fight against modern slavery through the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Is the UK legislation the gold standard?
Modern Slavery - Countdown to compliance
Transitional provisions are running out fast. Organisations with a financial year end from 31 March 2016 must publish their statement within 6 months of that year end. Is your organisation ready?
New company law on PSC registers comes into force 6 April 2016 - How to comply and avoid criminal penalties
From 6 April 2016, most UK companies, LLPs (limited liability partnerships) and SEs (Societas Europaea) will be required to keep and maintain a register of the persons with significant control over them.
Cybercrime: it's a question of 'when', not 'if' for business
Businesses face an increasing number of challenges and one of the most severe and potentially damaging is that of cybercrime. Fallout from a cyber-attack can result in both physical as well as reputational damage and the loss of business and customers.
Pharmacists and those in the healthcare sector must be aware of new requirements under the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduces a new area of compliance for commercial organisations. The Act is amongst the toughest anti-slavery and human trafficking legislation in the world.
Modern Slavery: what does it mean for SMEs?
Contrary to expectations SMEs are finding that they are affected by the Modern Slavery Transparency Supply Chain provisions because they are required to give assurances to those they supply that they comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Business regulation - the power of the brand
There is a growing trend for naming and shaming rather than criminal penalties. Is the future of compliance self-regulation, for fear of reputational damage?
Safety Non-Compliance Offences - Is your provision for fines sufficient?
The linking of fines to turnover is one of the most seismic changes to hit offenders in a generation.
Proposed changes to make fundraising easier
Companies often find that certain types of fundraising (for example running a raffle or sweepstake) for charity can be difficult and onerous due to gambling regulations.
Statutory guidance published: Modern Slavery - Transparency in Supply Chains provision
The transparency in supply chains provisions came into force on 29 October 2015. The long awaited statutory guidance has been published. This briefing sets out the key points for business.
Modern Slavery Act 2015: Transparency in Supply Chain provisions in force this week
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2015 have been made. They confirm that Section 54 relating to transparency in the supply chain will be in force on 29 October 2015.
Modern Slavery Compliance and the Immigration Bill 2015
The Government plans to introduce new measures under the Immigration Bill 2015. We examine the proposed changes and how they will impact business particularly in the light of the Modern Slavery Act.
Independent anti-slavery commissioner publishes strategic plan including engagement on supply chain transparency
The UK has its first Independent anti-slavery commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE.
Act now to gain further time for ESOS compliance
With the new energy saving regulations fast approaching, businesses are at risk of financial penalties for non-compliance if they fail to take action now.
£1.5 million 'Pub Loan Fund' launched - Love your local enough to buy it?
A new £1.5 million fund to help local people take control of pubs at risk of closure was launched on the 11th September 2015 by Community Pubs Minister, Marcus Jones.
Record retail fine - sign of things to come?
Revised guidelines for the sentencing of corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences will be published shortly, but does the recent case against Hugo Boss UK give retailers a sign of what to expect?
Modern slavery and supply chains: steps to take now
The government's stated approach to transparency in the supply chain provisions is to strike a balance between improving transparency in the supply chain whilst ensuring that businesses take appropriate and proportionate action to tackle modern slavery.
Modern Slavery Act supply chain compliance: turnover threshold for businesses lowered
The UK government's commitment to anti-slavery and supply chain transparency was confirmed in a speech given by prime minister David Cameron in Singapore.
CMA publishes response to 'super complaint' - is it a bang or a whimper?
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has completed its initial investigation into consumer confusion over promotions offered by supermarkets.
Energy audit requirement for large organisations: Action required
Our recent experience is that many companies are either still not aware of their obligations or are not putting steps in place to satisfy the new rules.
Modern slavery and supply chain reporting obligations
The new Modern Slavery Act (2015) will apply to all commercial organisations who carry on business or part of a business in the UK.
Retailers - Top 10 Issues to Consider About Sunday Trading
Chancellor George Osborne has revealed that he plans to give directly elected mayors and councils devolved powers to allow them to make the choice as to whether to bring in longer Sunday trading hours in their respective regions.
Retailers' responsibilities on carrier bags: changes from 5 October 2015
In a move designed to reduce waste, carrier bag charges come into force in England on 5 October 2015.
Could the UK follow America in prosecuting FIFA officials?
There has been widespread speculation for a number of years about bribery and corruption being endemic within FIFA. America has lead the charge in prosecuting FIFA officials but could the UK follow suit?
Health and Safety - a practical round up
Further to our legal update on Managing Occupational Road Risk, the DVLA has announced that the paper driver licence counterpart will be withdrawn from use on 8 June 2015.
Managing occupational road risk
The HSE estimates that a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve someone who is driving as part of their work.
FCA announces it has elevated Financial Crime to key status
The FCA published its Business Plan which sets out to Parliament, consumers and regulated firms the areas where the FCA resources will be focussed. The main development is that Financial Crime has now become one of the seven important areas of FCA focus.
Increased corporate penalties applicable now
The government has today announced that the £5,000 cap which used to limit Magistrates' sentencing powers has now been removed.
CMA seeks information on online reviews and endorsements
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has invited views from the business community and consumers on the development of online reviews and endorsements.
Proposed sentencing guidelines will be the final push for much greater regulatory fines
The Sentencing Council, the body responsible for producing the guidelines that assist the criminal courts in passing an appropriate sentence, has begun a consultation on proposed guidelines for Health & Safety Offences and Food Safety & Hygiene Offences.
Food Information Regulations 2014 - Not just food for thought
Food businesses at all stages of the supply chain, including caterers and restaurants, will have to be compliant with the first phase of Food Information Regulations by 13 December 2014.
Consumer Contract Regulations - The nightmare before Christmas (for online retailers)?
Statistics of retail sales from December 2013 show that nearly 20% of all non-food purchases originated from online sales and with this figure representing 16.5% year-on-year growth from 2012.
HSE's tool kit - a necessity for businesses in the care sector
If you are responsible for managing health and safety within the care home environment, or the social care sector, you should be aware that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently updated its guidance document 'Health and Safety in Care Homes'.
Increased corporate penalties on the horizon...
In May 2012 the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (also known as LASPO) came into force.
October 2014 - Health and Safety Legislation
From 1 October 2014, three new pieces of safety legislation will come into force in the UK. Most of the changes are as a result of the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) attempt to consolidate several existing pieces of legislation into one.
UK consumer law reform: online retailers, aggregators and suppliers, oh my
In this article we look at how to apply the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations to contracts concluded through an aggregator.
New energy audit requirement for large organisations
Larger companies and non-public sector organisations will be required to carry out mandatory energy saving assessments under the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) introduced on 17 July by the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014.
The EU imposes new sanctions against Russia
Following the continued tensions in the Ukraine and Russia's suspected military involvement in destabilising the region, the European Union has imposed new sanctions against Russia.
Petrol storage: a change in the law
The new Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 will come into force on 1 October 2014 and replace existing petrol storage legislation which will be withdrawn.
HSE's return on intervention
We're now almost two years on from when Fees for Intervention (FFI) was introduced by the HSE. In October 2012, the HSE were provided with a statutory power to recover its costs from those in 'material breach' of health and safety law.
Record custodial sentence for breach of fire safety
Most businesses are now aware that all breaches of health and safety legislation are treated extremely seriously by the courts.
The fee for all is over - excessive payment surcharges banned for small businesses
New regulations that ban businesses from imposing excessive fees on consumers making payments will extend to small businesses from 12 June 2014.
New sentencing guidelines for environmental offences will be used from 1 July 2014
From 1 July 2014, new 'Definitive Guidelines' published by the Sentencing Council (the guidelines) will apply for the sentencing of various environmental offences in the Magistrate and Crown Courts, irrespective of when the offence was committed.
Changes to consumer contracts regulation - is your business ready?
Retailers need to ensure that they are prepared for the significant changes that will apply to contracts entered into with consumers from 13 June 2014.
FIFA World Cup 2014: Ambush Marketing, avoiding a red card
In June 2014 the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil as 32 countries compete to be crowned the footballing champions of the world.
Are your helpline charges lawful?
From 13 June this year, all businesses that operate help lines need to check that they are lawful.
Are You at Risk Where a Tenant Breaches its Environmental Permit?
Landlords could be at risk of significant liability where tenants operate environmental permits on site.
Primary authority scheme to be further extended to fire safety
The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced that the Primary Authority Scheme will be extended to cover fire safety in England and Wales with effect from 6th April 2014.
Consultation launched on new construction design & management regulations
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) launched a 10 week consultation exercise on proposals to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) on 31st March 2014.
Anti-money laundering enforcement: warning for residential and commercial estate agents
On 1 April 2014 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) took over from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) as the regulator of residential and commercial estate agents for the purposes of anti-money laundering.
Gas & fire safety enforcement FAQs
How do public sector landlords tackle the problem of access in respect of gas safety inspections and fire safety risk in leasehold properties?
Deferred Prosecution Agreements - what you need to know
On 24 February 2014 Deferred Prosecution Agreements ('DPAs') legislation was finally brought into force in respect of a wide range of criminal conduct.
Court of Appeal takes significant step in sentencing large companies
The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has given judgment on two appeal cases brought by companies contesting the level of fines each received.
Health and safety: FAQs
Shoosmiths partner and regulatory specialist Ron Reid recently took part in a health and safety legal update webinar. Here, he answers post-webinar questions received from over 1,200 viewers.
Coroners' PFD reports to be published online
From 14 January 2014, reports made by coroners to help prevent future deaths will be routinely published online.
Court of Appeal takes significant step in sentencing large companies
The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has handed down judgment on two appeal cases brought by companies contesting the level of fines each received.
Site Waste Management Plans revoked in England
The Government has acted on its plan to revoke Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs) in England, with effect from the 1 December 2013.
New WEEE Regulations
BIS has published a response to its consultation on implementation of the Recast WEEE Directive 2012, along with draft Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013.
Initial Phase of CRC: Have you registered?
The registration period for the Initial Phase of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme opened on 4 November 2013, and those affected have until 31 January 2014 to register with the Environment Agency.
There are dozens of deaths and more than 40,000 injuries each year related to the use of machines.
HSE legislation changes: First Aid and RIDDOR
From 1 October 2013, changes have been made to two pieces of Health and Safety legislation in an attempt to help businesses comply with the law.
National Crime Agency - Requests for Information
The National Crime Agency (NCA) replaced the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) on 7 October 2013 as the UK's main body for tackling organised crime.
New Green Lease Toolkit
The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) has issued a new version of its Green Lease Toolkit, including new model green lease clauses and a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Court rules employers must provide footwear
A Scottish Court has recently considered when employers should provide protective footwear to any staff who work outdoors.
First charges by SFO under Bribery Act
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has brought proceedings against three individuals under the Bribery Act 2010.
A new 'Highway Code' for health and safety
'Managing for Health and Safety' is a new internet micro site published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at the end of July.
Should a landlord shadow its tenant's premises licence?
Loss of a premises licence can have a significant impact on the value of a property.
Bribery and Economic Crime - Deferred Prosecution Agreements a new tool for prosecutors
The Government has long protested that the present legal system had inadequate powers to effectively deal with criminal enforcement against commercial organisations in the field of complex and serious economic crime.
Energy savings opportunity for larger companies
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is currently consulting on proposals for a new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
Wal-Mart fined for dumping hazardous waste in US
In May 2013, US store Wal-Mart pleaded guilty to dumping hazardous waste in California and Missouri over a number of years. It has agreed to pay almost $82m (£54m) in civil and criminal charges.
Content at a cost: OFT probes in-app purchases
A string of news stories highlighting the ease with which children can spend hundreds of pounds in a free-to-download application - 'app' - has prompted the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to launch an investigation.
One in five construction sites fails safety checks
A recent month-long HSE initiative found that almost one-in-five construction sites visited failed safety checks.
Safety warnings after the Lakanal House fire
At 4:20pm on 3 July 2009, a fire broke out at Lakanal House, London. Six people lost their lives in the fire, and an extensive investigation followed by the Metropolitan Police and Southwark Council.
Health surveillance: What is it?
The HSE has launched new online guidance on 'health surveillance' to make it easier for employers to understand their obligations and how they can check and protect their workers' health.
Effective risk management
Effective risk management is an integral part of ensuring compliance across many aspects of regulatory law.
General Medical Council: Changes to GMC Fitness to Practise Rules
On 11 June 2012, the Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service (MPTS) was launched to provide an impartial adjudication function for doctors as part of the GMC's fitness to practise reforms.
Fees for Intervention - Six months on
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) introduced the Fees for Intervention (FFI) scheme on 1 October 2012. Six months on, what has been the experience of clients?
Transgender patients: Doctors and the General Medical Council
The Francis Report, published on 6 February 2013 as a result of the public enquiry into the Mid Staffordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, places the onus on healthcare providers and healthcare professionals to put patients first.
Good character evidence: Wisson v Health Professions Council (2013)
The appellant was a podiatrist - Raymond Wisson - registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC)∗.
Importance of legal representation before regulatory bodies
The appellant was a midwife employed at an NHS hospital, who faced 13 allegations at a Conduct and Competence Committee of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). McDaid v Nursing & Midwifery Council  EWHC 586 (Admin).
The Health and Safety Executive and the GMC: A Memorandum of Understanding
In December 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the General Medical Council (GMC) released a Memorandum of Understanding to improve communication between the two organisations in areas where they share a mutual interest.
New UK Timber Regulations
New UK regulations come into force on 3 March 2013 to enforce the EU Timber Regulations.
Swansea mine deaths: charges confirmed
Malcolm Fyfield, a manager at the mine where four men lost their lives in 2011, has been charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter.
HSE to bring local authorities into line?
Local authorities have jurisdiction for enforcing health and safety legislation for a significant number of types of businesses and premises, including shops, hotels, warehouses, pubs and clubs.
BIS launches new code of practice for age restricted products
The Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published a new Age Restricted Products Code of Practice.
Changes to Energy Performance Regulations
The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 came into force on 9 January 2013, replacing all previous energy performance regulations.
The Green Deal: Should you take advantage?
Funding under the Green Deal will be available for domestic and non-domestic properties from 28 January 2013.
Christine Tacon appointed first Groceries Code Adjudicator
Christine Tacon has been appointed to the newly-created role of independent Groceries Code Adjudicator - already dubbed 'supermarket ombudsman'.
CRC - Government confirms CRC will continue in a simplified form
The Government's Autumn Statement confirmed that the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (
Consensual Disposal: Osteopaths
All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and fit to practise. This means they must have the requisite skills, knowledge, good character and health to carry out their professional responsibilities safely and competently
Last orders for Machine Games Duty Registration
Owners and tenants of premises operating gaming machines only have a few days left to register for the new Machine Games Duty (MGD) or they could face penalties imposed by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
EU Energy Efficiency Directive
The Energy Efficiency Directive 2012 (EED) was brought into force on 4 December 2012. It introduces binding measures for energy efficiency on the public sector and industry and covers the entire energy chain from generation and transmission to end use.
Bribery, money laundering and sanctions in high risk jurisdictions: Have you updated your risk assessments?
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) - the global standard-setting body for anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism - has issued an updated advisory notice on current high risk jurisdictions.
HSE fee for intervention scheme
The Health & Safety Executive will introduce a Fees for Intervention (FFI) Scheme on 1st October 2012.
Teachers: Regulator and regulation changes
As of 31 March 2012, as a result of a change in the law, teachers in England are no longer regulated by the General Teaching Council (GTC).
CRC: Sale of allowances for phase 1
Regulations setting out how the Environment Agency will sell allowances under phase 1 of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) came into force on 24 May 2012.
Retailers beware pricing pitfalls
Faced with difficult economic times, retailers continue to look for innovative ways to attract customer loyalty - one of them is through price promotions.
Front of pack nutrition labelling: Consultation published
The Department of Health has launched a consultation on 'front of pack' labelling in a bid to make choosing healthier foods easier for consumers.
FCPA compliance alone is not sufficient
Recent research amongst UK businesses has shown them to be complacent about compliance with the UK Bribery Act.
A comparison between UK Bribery Act and the FCPA
The UK Bribery Act is wider in scope than the US Foreign & Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in a number of respects.
New asbestos regulations in force
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 came into force on 6 April, and all previous regulations have been revoked.
HSE annual enforcement initiative could cost construction industry over £1.5m
The HSE has reported that nearly one in five construction sites failed safety checks during its annual month-long drive to improve building site safety.
Are you complacent about Bribery Act compliance?
What exactly is causing UK businesses to be complacent about compliance with Bribery Act legislation?
Advertising update: Further restrictions ahead for unhealthy food ads?
Scotland's Public Health Minister Michael Matheson has backed calls for a pre-9pm ban on TV adverts for food and drink high in fat, sugar and salt.
BEWARE! Olympic brand is fiercely protected
The Olympic Games is a huge 'brand', commanding global media attention for advertisers, it represents a golden opportunity for a marketing boost. However, it is also one of the most fiercely protected brands in the world, with complex legal protection.
Shiver me timbers: New EU Timber regulations that could put you at risk
In March 2013, new legislation prohibiting the placing on the market of illegally harvested timber will come into force.
Home working rules relaxed
Recent reviews of UK health and safety legislation by Lord Young and Professor Ragnar Löfstedt recognised a need to reduce the burden on small businesses and low risk activities.
First Bribery Act conviction sees court clerk sentenced to six years imprisonment
Munir Patel, an administration clerk at an Essex magistrates' court, today became the first person to be convicted under the new Bribery Act.
Court clerk first to be charged under new Bribery Act
An administration clerk at an Essex magistrates' court is the first person to be charged under the new Bribery Act, after allegedly accepting £500 from a defendant to 'fix' a motoring offence.
Bribery Act: Compliance for developers
New legislation, described as the toughest anti corruption measures in the world, came into force on 1 July.
The Bribery Act: Facilitation payments: A real dilemma
Commercial organisations attempting to comply with the UK Bribery Act 2010 face a real dilemma when it comes to facilitation payments.
The Bribery Act 2010: There is no such thing as a free lunch for pension scheme trustees
The Bribery Act clarifies and simplifies the pre-existing law on bribery, creating a new legal framework to combat bribery in the private and public sectors. It is aimed at corporate activity but it also applies to trustees of individual pension schemes.
Throwing light on the meaning of adequate procedures?
The new 'corporate offence' introduced on 1st July by the Bribery Act 2010 has been the subject of much discussion.
Anti-bribery due diligence: Buyers and investors beware
The UK Bribery Act 2010 is now in force in the UK, and alongside existing exposure under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977 reinforces the investment case for carrying out effective anti-bribery due diligence.
Corporate hospitality and the Bribery Act
The Bribery Act 2010 came into effect on 1 July 2011. It is amongst the toughest anti-bribery and corruption legislation in the world.
Bribery Act compliance: Only two weeks to go
With the Bribery Act coming into force on 1 July 2011, many businesses are struggling to have all their procedures in place to ensure compliance. The message is, 'Don't panic'.
Bribery Act Compliance: Should you delay?
New legislation described as the toughest anti-corruption measures in the world and due to come into force in April, has been delayed.
Bribery Act delay could cause more problems than it solves
It is being widely reported today that implementation of the Bribery Act 2010 will be delayed, though there has been no official announcement by the Government or the Ministry of Justice.
New bribery legislation: A compliance plan
A top New Year priority for many will be to ensure that their organisation has adequate procedures in place to comply with the Bribery Act 2010.
What does the Bribery Act have to do with HR?
The Bribery Act 2010 comes into force in April 2011 and has been described as the toughest anti-corruption legislation in the world.
Bribery Act 2010: A joined-up approach to correct documentation
The requirement for 'adequate procedures' under the Bribery Act 2010 means businesses will want to ensure they have the appropriate documentation in place before this autumn, when the new, so-called Corporate Offence is expected to come into force.