Law and regulation

Insight / EU starts antitrust inquiry into Amazon use of retailer data

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules

Insight / Regulator probes Sheffield educational charity’s finances

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into educational charity Avicenna Global due to concerns over potential misconduct and mismanagement at the Sheffield-based charity

Insight / Pension scheme negligence lands insurance boss seven-year ban

An insurance boss who caused his company to be negligent in its responsibilities while administering a pension scheme has been banned for seven years, after concerns were raised about some £13m of members’ funds

Insight / BEIS plans single enforcement body under Good Work Plan

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on proposals to establish a single enforcement body for employment rights as part of the Good Work Plan

Insight / Insolvency Service consults on single regulator for practitioners

The government has launched a consultation on the current regulatory framework for insolvency practitioners, which includes considering whether to establish a single regulator for the sector

Insight / Government crackdown on economic crime

The government has launched an Economic Crime Plan, a joint initiative with law enforcement, business and professional services firms, to share data and pool resources, in a bid to crack down on fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption

Insight / UK regulator hits Marriott with £99m data breach fine

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) plans to fine hotel chain Marriott International £99m for general data protection regulation (GDPR) infringements, just days after a record-breaking £183m fine for British Airways over a privacy breach

Insight / Regulator scrutinises charities in £10m money laundering scam

The Charity Commission has revealed it is undertaking a class statutory inquiry into London-based charities alleged to be involved in a scheme to launder £10m from the sale of counterfeit erectile dysfunction and slimming pills

Insight / FCA tightens controls on peer-to-peer lending rules

As the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) releases its latest rule book for loan-based, peer-to-peer platforms, Kam Dhillon, principal associate at Gowling WLG, explains the regulator’s latest attempts to improve investor protection

Insight / Data protection penalties hit £6.5m post GDPR

UK organisations were fined more than £6.5m for breaching data protection laws in 2018, over £2m more than the previous year, although tighter rules and controls under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have not yet resulted in major fines 

Insight / Payment scam victims protected under voluntary bank code

Victims of Authorised Push Payment (APP) scams are now more likely to get their money back following the launch of a new banking industry code, amid warnings that banks are being slow to use technology in the fight against financial crime

Insight / Implications of SFO reforms to privileged material

The Serious Fraud Office is working on clarifying the rules on reporting fraud and corruption in an effort to encourage more companies to come forward when they unearth wrongdoing. Alistair Graham, partner, and Paul Whitfield-Jones, senior associate, of Mayer Brown International LLP, consider the legal implications over privileged material

Tax / Employment law: 10 things you need to know

Patrick Day, associate director at Portfolio Payroll, explains the key legislative changes for employers and employees, highlighting compliance issues from the requirement for payslips for all workers to use of non-disclosure agreements and the increase in auto enrolment pension contributions

Insight / Treasury consults on £95,000 cap on public sector payouts

The Treasury is consulting on draft regulations to introduce a cap of £95,000 on exit payments in the public sector, which are being introduced in response to concerns about the number of such payments that exceed or come close to £100,000 and the need to ensure they represent value for money

Accounting / Law firms probed on anti money laundering compliance

Solicitors’ firms are to be inspected to ensure they are meeting anti-money laundering obligations, with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) revealing it will be carrying out checks on a sample of 400 law firms
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