COVID-19: Distinguishing crime
In a recent press release in December 2012, the independent fraud watchdog the Fraud Advisory Panel commented that the legal system in the UK was effectively fighting fraud with one hand tied behind its back by under-valuing and under-utilising the civil remedies that are available to victims of fraud.
In its recent decision Michaud v France dated 6 December 2012 (Requête No.12323/11), the European Court of Human Rights (the “Court”) confirmed that French advocates, like any other lawyers authorised to practise within the European Member States, must comply with certain obligations aimed at effectively detecting and fighting against money laundering activities.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”)’s Working Group on Bribery recently urged France to tackle bribery, tighten laws and boost fines. It is “seriously concerned that, despite the very significant role of French companies in the international economy”, France has only secured 5 convictions since the bribery ban came into force in 2000.
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