Latest legal and regulatory updates - 9 January

Latest legal and regulatory updates - 9 January


Risk & Compliance



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EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

The House of Commons Library has published a short paper highlighting the changes between the October version of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and the version introduced to the House of Commons on 20 December 2019. See: LNB News 07/01/2020 32.

Graeme Cowie, Senior Library Clerk (Constitutional Law) at House of Commons Library, examines the government’s new EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill. See News Analysis: The new EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill—what’s changed?

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Risk & Compliance monthly highlights

The December edition of Risk and Compliance highlights includes: (1) the new SRA regime (2) crime prevention; (3) business activities; (4) GDPR and data protection; (5) a selection of other news and updates, and (6) all the latest new and updated content. See: Risk & Compliance monthly highlights—December 2019.

Crisis management

While conventional wisdom among lawyers may be that no response is the safest response during a corporate crisis, recent examples in the US demonstrate the consequences of failing to share timely and relevant information with key audiences, says Aidan Ryan of Goldberg Segalla. See News Analysis: Rethinking corporate crisis and litigation communications.

Crime prevention

The government has pledged to reform suspicious activity reports (SARs) to ensure UK enforcement agencies and IT systems are prepared to effectively prevent and tackle money laundering and terrorist financing. Max Hobbs, solicitor, and Neill Blundell, head of corporate crime and investigations practice at Macfarlanes, consider the strength of the UK’s existing SAR regime and suggest what changes practitioners can expect from the reform programme as we enter 2020. See News Analysis: Reforming SARs—reflections on the reform programme.

After a year that set a record for US corporate settlements of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, the US is preparing new laws and regulations that would increase corporate transparency in a push

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Allison is a former partner of Shoosmiths, with extensive experience of legal management and practice compliance.