Kroll's 11th annual edition of its Global Fraud and Risk Report, released at the end of 2019, highlights that 38% of businesses in the UK suffered loss as a result of fraudulent actions of persons within the company or organisation in the year from March/April 2018 to March/April 2019.
The Business & Property Courts Witness Evidence Working Group has published its final report concerning reforms to the current practice surrounding witness evidence. The report shows that while there is broad consensus in favour of reform, there is a divergence of views amongst members of the legal profession and court users as to how it should be achieved. As such, the report’s recommendations are quite modest, especially when viewed against some of the more radical proposals considered by the working group.
The Courts are cracking down on those who fail to abide by, or act in complete disregard of, court orders and procedures. Individuals and companies alike should be aware that their actions, even before proceedings are issued, can come under the remit of the Court , their actions can be found to be in contempt of court and significant sanctions can be imposed.