Risk & Compliance weekly highlights – 21st January 2022

Risk & Compliance weekly highlights – 21st January 2022

In this issue:

Risk & Compliance forecast

Data protection

AML and counter-terrorist financing

Financial crime prevention



LexTalk®Risk & Compliance: a Lexis®PSL community

Virtual networking and forum events

Risk & Compliance forecast

Risk & Compliance forecast as at 18 January 2022

Our new Risk & Compliance forecast (as at 18 January 2022) is now live. This month, we report on (1) a new economic crime bill may address a proposed register of overseas owners of British properties and failure to prevent offences; (2) materials to address the new UK Sanctions List; (3) a consultation on disability workforce reporting, and (4) adopted guidelines from the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) on Examples regarding Data Breach Notification. You can rest assured we’re tracking forthcoming regulatory changes so you can plan ahead.

See Practice Note: Risk & Compliance forecast as at 18 January 2022.

Data protection

UK GDPR—proposed reform concerning AI likely to be watered down, official says

MLex: A controversial proposal to cut protections for users affected by machine-made decisions as part of the UK’s data reform agenda is unlikely to go ahead, a UK government official has said. A consultation paper proposed removing a provision on automated decision-making from the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation, Retained Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (UK GDPR), but the government has changed tack, the official said.

See News Analysis: UK GDPR—proposed reform concerning AI likely to be watered down, official says. 

EDPB announces outcome of January 2022 plenary

The EDPB has announced its adoption of the Guidelines on the Right of Access following the January 2022 plenary session. The guidelines were drafted following a stakeholder event, and aim to analyse the various aspects of the right of access and provide 'more precise guidance on how the right of access has to be implemented in different situations'. This includes clarifying the scope of the right of access, the information the controller has to provide to the data subject, the format of the access request, the main modalities for providing access, and the notion of 'manifestly unfounded or excessive requests'. The guidelines will be subject to public consultation for a period of six weeks.

See: LNB News 19/01/2022 76.

Questions of compensation for ‘non-material' EU GDPR damage land at Court of Justice

MLex: The conditions for awarding compensation for ‘non-material damage’ for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (EU GDPR) have come before EU judges following separate disputes in Germany over data breaches at an electronics store and a health insurance fund. The cases come on top of several years of debate over what claimants must prove to receive compensation for EU GDPR infringements.

See News Analysis: Questions of compensation for ‘non-material' EU GDPR damage land at Court of Justice.

AML and counter-terrorist financing

FATF updates consolidated assessment ratings

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has updated their consolidated assessment ratings as of 14 January 2022.

See: LNB News 17/01/2022 90.

UK financial regulator has 54 money-laundering probes ongoing, minister says

MLex: The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) currently has 54 cases of suspected money-laundering breaches under investigation, a government minister has told lawmakers, an apparent dramatic jump from figures released two years ago. Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Theodore Agnew, also said long-delayed legislation to lead to a register of overseas owners of British properties could appear in ‘months’.

See News Analysis: UK financial regulator has 54 money-laundering probes ongoing, minister says.

Financial crime prevention

Bankers' group warns of scams targeting remote workers

Law360, London: Small and medium-sized businesses should be on the alert for fraudsters who impersonate company bosses and target firms with remote working setups, a trade group for banks warned on 12 January 2022.

See News Analysis: Bankers' group warns of scams targeting remote workers.

Counter-Terrorism (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 found still appropriate

HM Treasury and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office have reported that the annual review of the Counter-Terrorism (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/577, found that the regulations remain appropriate for their purposes and should thus be retained.

See: LNB News 13/01/2022 68.


DCMS publishes 2022 cyber security incentives and regulation review

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published its 2022 cyber security incentives and regulation review. This review reports the progress made in recent years and why further action needs to be taken. The government is continuing to improve the cyber resilience of businesses in the UK and to further understand the current position the government has launched two consultations. This includes a consultation on proposals for legislative changes to drive up levels of cyber resilience and a consultation on embedding standards and pathways across the cyber profession by 2025.

See: LNB News 19/01/2022 88.


Don't get caught out by the Whistleblower Directive—how companies operating in the EU can prepare

Every business operating in the EU with 50 or more workers will have to take a hard look at its whistleblower policy and assimilate changes required by the new EU Whistleblower Directive (the Directive). It is also something companies with connections to EU companies need to think about. Jonathan Pickworth, partner, Adina Ezekiel, practice innovation knowledge attorney, and Harry Fathers, trainee solicitor, at Paul Hastings LLP provide a reminder of the implications of some of the key provisions of the Directive and an update on transposition across the EU.

See News Analysis: Don't get caught out by the Whistleblower Directive—how companies operating in the EU can prepare.


Lexis®PSL Risk & Compliance has a dedicated area on the Key Resources section of the home page that tracks interesting and important cases, legislation, consultations and other key developments in the world of Risk & Compliance. For more information, see: Risk & Compliance forecast as at 18 January 2022.

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In-house resources, events and networking

Networking and forum events

26 January 2022

The effective leader—how to lead amid disruption and complexity

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This free-to-join forum brings together in-house lawyers working solo, or in smaller teams, to network and learn from one another. It is a chance to connect, debate topical issues and stay ahead of the latest regulatory and legal commercial updates for legal teams. Held in partnership with Flex Legal, Radius Law and Crafty Counsel.

23 February 2022

Creating a pipeline of talent

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At this session you will hear how other in-house teams have built and secured their pipeline of junior talent and Barbri (global leaders in legal education) will share how teams are using the new SQE route to qualification to help them do so. Mary Bonsor, CEO of Flex Legal, will share insights from the market on the increasing demand from junior lawyers for more flexible working and look at how you can help increase social mobility at the junior end of the market.

30 March 2022

Commercial law update

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Radius Law’s Iain Larkins and Sandra Martins will give a ‘whistle stop’ tour of the big commercial and employment law developments in the last six months and their impact on business.

Various dates

LexisNexis® Aspire Forum for Junior In-house Lawyers

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Aspire is a professional development and networking forum for junior in-house counsel. We have several events planned for the new year to continue supporting you through these uncertain times and provide a platform for you to connect with your peers. Events take place at the same time each month, from 5pm to 6.30pm.


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