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Recent Global Regulatory Responses to Financial Crime

In the ten years since the 2008 financial crisis, the reaction of global regulatory bodies has been swift to shield consumers and investors from further harm. The most prolific enforcers have been US-based, comprising nearly 80% of the $26 billion worth of fines imposed for market abuse on both US and international entities in equal measure. Over the previous five years, 28 custodial sentences have been handed down in criminal courts worldwide.

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More successful results and recent instructions for Lewis Nedas Law specialist defence lawyers

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(i.) More successful results for Tony Meisels:

  1. Canine death warrant overturned on appeal; On 1st February at Harrow Crown Court, Rosetta a Pitbull terrier had her destruction order overturned.  In 2016 she had been adjudged to be a prohibited breed and made subject to an exemption order together with a contingent destruction order after attacking another dog in the street. Already in the ‘dog house’, Rosetta attacked another dog in February 2017 when in breach of the contingent destruction order she was let off the lead by the owner’s son. Following this she was yet again seized by the police and an order for her destruction was made in the lower court. However following the successful appeal she will be restored to her owner. The fee earner with conduct of this matter was Tony Meisels and he was assisted by expert counsel Pamela Rose at Mitre Court Building;

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Recent successful results and new instructions for Lewis Nedas Criminal and Fraud Defence solicitors

FraudinvestigationSuccesses

  1. Jeffrey Lewis, together with Ian Coupland, was instructed by a European company to defend a private fraud prosecution brought by Amazon in this country. Amazon were represented by a National UK law firm. After robust representations made by Jeffrey concerning some basic issues (i.e. jurisdiction), the prosecution was thankfully discontinued.

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JAN
09

Outstanding result for Lewis Nedas Law and its Commercial and Litigation Department in company director disqualification case

insider tradingLewis Nedas Law Director and Regulatory Specialist Ian Coupland and Associate Solicitor Adam Creasey have achieved an outstanding result on behalf of an individual who was the subject of Company Director Disqualification Proceedings brought by the Official Receiver on the direction of the Secretary of State.

The case concerned an international Collective Investment Scheme fraud with investor losses totalling approximately £5.5 million.  The disqualification proceedings resulted from the winding up the fraudulent company, following which the Official Receiver then sought to disqualify the individuals concerned in running the scheme for a  period of 12 years under the Company Director Disqualification Act 1996.   

Our client had been accused of acting as a Director and/or Shadow Director of the fraudulent company. The Official Receiver’s Solicitors argued that our client caused or allowed the fraudulent company to make misrepresentations to obtain and/or misappropriate funds in excess of £2 million from members of the public. The evidence in support was extensive and was contained in 6 boxes. The consequences for our client of losing would have been substantial because  not only would it have resulted in him not being able to carry on as a Director in his current business, but there would also have been a substantial costs order award against him, and also potential criminal proceedings with the real risk of a custodial sentence.    

Ian and Adam working with specialist regulatory barrister Jeremy Barnett, Head of Regulatory Law at St Paul’s Chambers, Leeds, successfully presented counter-arguments to the Official Receiver’s Solicitors in our client’s witness statement in reply. This involved a detailed analysis of the case and our client’s actions.  Our client’s witness statement exceeded 15,000 words and included multiple exhibits, and after considering our client’s evidence with their specialist  Counsel, the Official Receiver’s Solicitors accepted our client’s position.  We then successfully negotiated the discontinuance of the case against our client and the recovery of his costs.

   

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JAN
09

Unravelling the UK Gender Pay Gap

If you are an employer with 250 employees or more, new legislation introduced this year requires you to publish your gender pay gap data annually. There are two sets of regulations dealing with the reporting; the first is largely for the private and voluntary sectors and the second is primarily aimed at the public sector (which took effect from 31 March 2017).

The deadline for reporting is 4 April 2018 for private and voluntary sectors, or 30 March 2018 for public sector employers. It is the employer's duty to comply with the regulations in any year where they have 250 or more employees on 5 April (for private and voluntary sector regulations) or 31 March (for public sector employers).

There is a wide definition of who should count as an employee: Workers are included, as well as some self-employed people. Agency workers are also included but will counted by the agency providing them as opposed to the place of work. The mean and median gender pay gap must be submitted, along with the difference in bonuses given to male and female workers as well as the number of males and females in each pay grade. These measures laid out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, are open for consultation until 2nd February.

The Office for National Statistics has stated the gender pay gap for all employees in the UK is 18.4 percent, and 9.1 percent for full-time employees. It is clear from some of the figures that have been published that some employers have much bigger gender pay gaps than others.

Gender Pay Gap Penalties

UK companies that fail to comply with the reporting regulations could face severe penalties in the form of "unlimited" fines and convictions, which will be issued by the regulator enforcing them. Employers will have an option to enter into a formal agreement to comply with regulations as an alternative to an investigation being initiated. Those who have breached the regulations who refuse to accept an agreement will be pursued through the courts. The EHRC said that, while it would not check the accuracy of data itself, incorrect information would qualify as a breach of the regulations. Published data must be signed off at a senior level by employers, but the government does not check the information.

The gender pay gap issue has been in the spotlight for some time after the BBC disclosed a 10.7 percent gap in favour of male employees last summer. This led to a huge row which saw the recent resignation of the BBC's China Editor Carrie Gracie resigning, calling the scandal a 'crisis of trust'. Gracie has worked for the BBC for thirty years, is widely respected among her peers and is regarded as of as one of the BBC's most talented journalists.

Figures released by the Government departments show some startling figures, with a number of departments showing men being paid significantly higher rates on average than women. In the Department of Transport, men are paid 16.9 percent more than women at the department and also receive bonuses. The Department for Exiting the European Union has a gap of 15.26 percent, and at the Department of Health, it is 14.2 per cent, both in favour of male workers. Bonuses at the Department of Health are a hefty 33.1 per cent higher for men. 

Discrimination in the workplace is a serious issue. It can undermine morale, harm productivity and, if not nipped in the bud, lead to expensive and troublesome legal action. If you are an employee who feels discriminated against, or are an employer facing issues regarding discrimination in the workplace, our employment solicitors can help.

Why Lewis Nedas?

Our employment lawyers are experienced with a wide range of employment law claims, including discrimination in the workplace, on behalf of both employees and employers. If you feel you have been treated unfairly, or you are an employer worried about discrimination issues, contact Lewis Nedas Law today by calling us on 02073872032 or complete our our online contact form.

At Lewis Nedas Law, you can rely on us to deliver the highest quality service at a reasonable cost. We have the experience, but we do not have City of London overheads or steep hourly rates. Above all, we want to understand your commercial objectives, and will do our best to achieve them. We work closely with exceptional Counsel where appropriate.

We are aware that legal costs can be a burden, which is why we are keen to keep our charges to as low a level as can reasonably be achieved. We will guide you as to the most effective ways of enabling us to give you the best service we can, whilst also keeping our fees down.

Contact our Employment Solicitors London Today

You can rely on Lewis Nedas to tell you if your case has problems which make it desirable to negotiate a settlement with your opponents. We do our best to resolve employee/employer disputes as amicably as possible, and can help you achieve an outcome that is agreeable to you, with your interests at the heart of everything we do.

This article is intended to be no more than a general guide, and does not comprise legal advice. You are strongly advised to take legal advice before making or resisting any application to the Court.

For legal advice and assistance, contact Lewis Nedas Law today on 02073872032, or complete our our online contact form.

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