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Also known as ‘White-collar crime’, business crime can be defined as a sophisticated, non-violent crime, which has been committed by a person with a respected position within a firm. Examples can include various acts of fraud, theft, and tax evasion.
Successive governments have targeted the business sector with a range of laws, including the Enterprise Act 2002, Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, Serious Organised Crime Act 2005, Fraud Act 2006, and most recently the Bribery Act, which have altered the landscape in which businesses operate.
It is essential that companies and their directors ensure that they are fully aware of Criminal and Regulatory Law when transacting business. As businesses become ever increasingly global, it is also imperative that there is a good understanding of various international laws.
If you or your business are suspected of a financial crime, you will need specialist advice from the outset to deal with demands of the authorities.