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NOV
13

CEOP Launches International Child Protection Certificate

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has recently launched the 'International Child Protection Certificate' (ICPC), to help protect children against travelling sex offenders.

Similar to the UK's CRB system, the ICPC is a police check on UK nationals who are travelling and working overseas. It is intended to help identify and screen out those who have previous convictions that make them unsuitable to be working with children.

The ICPC will allow international schools and other organisations who work directly with children abroad to be able to access the criminal conviction history of UK citizens and those who have resided in the UK for any period of time.

This will enable overseas schools and other organisations to assess an applicant's suitability to be working with children. The ICPC can also be requested for those UK nationals already in paid or voluntary employment in other countries, including the estimated 74,000+ UK teachers who currently work in international schools around the world.

A CEOP analysis of offender management cases undertaken in 2011 found that one in five were associated with roles that involved access to children. Teaching and schools-related positions were the most represented occupations or voluntary roles associated with cases of offending overseas.

Since 2006, CEOP has undertaken over 1,200 investigations into travelling UK sex offenders.

Contact Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan of Lewis Nedas for advice on how our criminal defence lawyers can help you defend against allegations of sexual offences.

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Possible Cartel Fraud within the Wholesale Gas Industry?

The Guardian (13/11/2012) states that a whistle-blower has reported evidence of market rigging / market abuse within the wholesale gas market. The FSA have begun an investigation following the report from the whistle-blower who worked for ICIS Heren, the company responsible for setting benchmark prices. Another Libor-type scandal brewing, perhaps?

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12

Possible Libor Arrests/Charges within the Next Month

Siobhain Egan writes that both Bloomberg (12/11/2012) and the Telegraph (09/11/2012) report that the SFO (working alongside FSA and the CPS) are due to make arrests within the next month. The Telegraph, in the body of its article, refers to charges being brought, but we think that is a little presumptuous. One wonders what precipitated this decision. It is still very early days; the investigation only opened in July after the SFO were given an additional (and relatively small) budget of £3 million.

Perhaps it was the French Prosecutor’s recent decision to make arrests, or the US success when securing massive payments from Barclays and HSBC (amongst others) in this apparent international race to secure arrests in the Libor scandal. Perhaps it is the leaked HM CPSI report due to be released shortly, which details serious failings within the SFO re staff, training and results.

It seems that that former traders / rate setters with UBS, RBS, and Barclays PLC are within the sights of the SFO.

If you are concerned that you will be facing arrest or investigation, you will need skilled, experienced solicitors who are familiar with the SFO and their mind-set.

Contact Jeffrey Lewis, Siobhain Egan, Miles Herman, or Keith Wood.

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12

SC to Determine Whether LPP Can Be Extended to Non-Legal Advice

The Supreme Court has reserved judgement in R (on application of Prudential PLC) v Special Commissioner of Income Tax.

This is an interesting case which MAY extend Legal Professional Privilege (LPP) to accountants advising on tax issues. We say MAY, because the current approach to LPP has been to restrict and undermine it. The lower courts have historically been of the view that any extension of LPP is a matter for statute and not the courts.

LPP currently concerns communication, advice and/or opinions between a lawyer and his/her client when litigation is either pending or contemplated.

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09

Operation Elveden - The Latest?

A fascinating article in today's Telegraph suggests that some of the journalists arrested as part of Operation Elveden are being asked to implicate senior executives at News International with the highly remote possibility that News International could face charges re bribery allegations.

If you are facing hacking (email or phone) or bribery and corruption investigations, contact Jeffrey Lewis, Siobhain Egan or Miles Herman. We have successfully defended one of the first major email/phone hacking prosecutions concerning AIS private detective agency involving serving Metropolitan Police officers (also known as 'the Jimmy Choo bugging case'), and we have also successfully advised in a major bribery and corruption investigation.

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