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BCL Burton Copeland
London-based law firm specialising in criminal fraud, business crime, regulatory enforcement, serious/general crime & money laundering compliance.
London-based law firm specialising in criminal fraud, business crime, regulatory enforcement, serious/general crime & money laundering compliance.

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BCL Partners contribute to the International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime

BCL Burton Copeland partners Richard Sallybanks, Guy Bastable and Shaul Brazil contributed a general chapter and the England and Wales chapter of the 2014 edition of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime, published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (

In a question and answer format, the Guide addresses the law and procedure in 28 jurisdictions across the world in relation to the investigation and prosecution of business crime.
The general chapter contributed by BCL is entitled Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the UK – The Dawning of a New Era in Criminal Enforcement Against Corporates. The chapter addresses recent developments in the law of corporate criminal liability and enforcement against companies for criminal wrongdoing, and focuses on the introduction in the UK of a scheme for Deferred Prosecution Agreements.
The guide, general chapter and England and Wales chapter can be accessed via the following links:
BCL advises companies and individuals in relation to business crime investigations, prosecutions and regulatory enforcement. For further information please contact Richard Sallybanks, Guy Bastable or Shaul Brazil (, or

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Brian Spiro Speaks at International Bar Association Annual Conference, Boston USA

This year’s International Bar Association annual conference was held in Boston, USA between 7 and 11 October 2013.
As part of the conference, BCL Burton Copeland partner, Brian Spiro, joined a distinguished panel on “Journalism, the Media and Criminality” to discuss how information is disseminated to the public and the problems that attach to those special cases which attract high media and political attention. Other speakers included Peter Preston, journalist and former editor of The Guardian, Professor Henry Weinstein of Irvine Law School and Professor Laurie Levenson of  Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
Brian was involved in much of the preparation for the conference in his capacity of Co-Chair of the Business Crime Committee of the IBA.
A report on the panel was published in the conference newspaper on 8 October, under the headline “Trial by Media – Fact or Fiction?”, and can be found here:-

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BCL Wins Firm of the Year (Crime and Fraud) – The Legal 500 UK Awards, 2013

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Deferred Prosecution Agreements are a new method of dealing with cases of suspected financial crime by companies and other organisations, introduced by the Crime and Courts Act 2013. Now, the Serious Fraud Office and the Director of Public Prosecutions have published a draft Code of Practice for consultation covering their proposals on the criteria for suitable cases, and the process for putting them into practice.

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Shaul Brazil and Rosanna Brown of BCL Burton Copeland were asked to contribute a chapter to the publication "Expert Guide - Fraud and White Collar Crime 2013" published by Corporate LiveWire.

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Rachel Hubbard participates in LexisNexis webinar on Sexual Offences

On 5 June 2013 Rachel Hubbard was one of two speakers who participated in the LexisNexis webinar on "Sexual Offences".
Rachel addressed the current sentencing legislation and compared it to the new Sentencing Guidelines to be published in 2014 together with the amended notification requirements for the Sexual Offenders Register.
Please visit for further details including instructions on how to view the webinar.

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On 20 June 2013 Brian Spiro was one of the two speakers invited to participate in the LexisNexis webinar on "Investigating Corporate Crime".

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Corporate Crime analysis: Shaul Brazil and Rosanna Brown, a partner and solicitor specialising in business crime and regulation at BCL Burton Copeland, say the real impact of Azam may well lie in the High Court's decision that while the proceedings were ongoing the matter of the transfer of monies had been concluded and should not be re-opened.

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The Coming of Deferred Prosecution Agreements.

Julian Hayes and Kristina Morgan comment on the forthcoming Deferred Prosecution Agreement regime.
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