SFO use ‘listed asset’ provisions for the first time

It was announced on Wednesday that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has recovered half a million pounds worth of jewellery from a safe deposit box under the listed asset provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). The forfeiture is part of a civil recovery investigation arising from the Birmingham Mortgage Fraud case: a £50 million fraud investigation/prosecution that began in March 2006.[1]

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Read the latest issue of FiftyOne for our latest business crime, regulatory and serious crime insights

Whilst it has been an unprecedented few months for all, we wanted to make sure we stay connected and provide you with some of the most recent legal insights we have produced. We hope you find them both interesting and informative.

At this time we would have normally sent you our bi-annual legal publication, FiftyOne, in the post but in its place we are delighted to share with you the digital edition for Autumn 2020 which discusses a variety of timely and topical matters from the business crime, regulatory and general crime sectors.

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Double extortion – an emerging trend in ransomware attacks

Some cyber-attacks, like the Twitter hack in July 2020, make headlines because of the A-list celebrity victims involved. Some, like the Yahoo breach first disclosed in 2013 are high profile because of the staggering number of individuals whose personal data is jeopardised. Many, however, fail to reach the general public’s consciousness because, sadly, data breaches are now so commonplace. Globally, the number of publicly disclosed attacks rose by 273% in Q1 of 2020 compared with the same period last year. Occasionally, though, an attack captures the media’s attention because of the identity of victim, for example, the recent data breach which has shaken the reputation of the Ritz hotel in London.

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