Training & Knowledge: Angus Bunyan

17th Mar 2021Blog

‘We are what we do’: NatWest in the dock

NatWest’s board must be hoping that the Bank’s advertising slogan doesn’t prove to be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Yesterday, the Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’) announced that it had commenced criminal proceedings against NatWest in respect of offences under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (‘MLR 2007’). Details are scarce, but the allegations arise from […]

1st Feb 2021Newsletters

Private Prosecutions and the Public Interest

Preliminaries Those contemplating bringing a private prosecution may (and those instructed to conduct such proceedings will) be aware that the Director of Public Prosecutions (‘DPP’) has the power to take over the case and discontinue it at any stage by virtue of section 6 of the Prosecution Offences Act 1985. However, accurately predicting (and advising […]

23rd Jun 2020Articles

HBOS: The final chapter?

HBOS: The final chapter? Introduction Back in late February, a hearing at the Court of Appeal finally brought to a close the decade-long saga of the HBOS corruption case (‘Operation Hornet’, David Mills and others, see https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/02/hbos-manager-and-other-city-financiers-jailed-over-245m-loans-scam). The Court’s recently published judgment ([2020] EWCA Crim 369) covers two areas of significance.   Secondary liability under […]

14th Feb 2020Newsletters

Billions: Airbus and the future of DPA’s

The New Year has brought some much-needed positive headlines for the Serious Fraud Office (‘SFO’) in the form of a record-breaking deferred prosecution agreement (‘DPA’) for bribery against the global aerospace company Airbus SE, but only time will tell whether the authority is able to follow up on this success by securing the conviction of […]

26th Feb 2019Newsletters

Jurisdiction: Substantial Measures and Relevant Events

As readers will doubtless recall, in R. (on the application of Kay) v Leeds Magistrates’ Court [2018] EWHC 1233 Admin, a case concerning a private prosecution, Sweeney J, following R v West London Stipendiary Magistrate, ex parte Khan [1979] 1 WLR 933, DC, and subsequent authority, rehearsed the five key questions about which a magistrate […]