The legislative landscape has evolved to counter the increased news coverage of corruption occurring globally, with consequences impacting all of us, in both our professional and personal lives. Whether it be the UK’s Bribery Act 2010 or the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the message is clear – the need to have relevant policies, procedures and processes to ensure compliance and adequate risk management is present and needs to be a priority for any corporate governance team.
With organisations such as Transparency International leading the charge to improve how every organisation, private or public, does business, there are fewer places to hide for those wishing to corrupt. Having the necessary arrangements to plan, identify and assess risks and ensure your personnel are aware of how to keep corruption risks under control isn’t just good practice, but a reality that all organisations face.
In UK law money laundering is defined very widely, and includes all forms of handling or possessing criminal property, including possessing the proceeds of one’s own crime, and facilitating any handling or possession of criminal property. As a provider of accountancy services to individuals and businesses, it is the intention of R Marchant & Co to comply with all legal and statutory requirements in relation to and with the intention of compliance with the relevant anti-money laundering requirements.
Money laundering activity ranges from a single act, e.g., being in possession of the proceeds of one’s own crime, to complex and sophisticated schemes involving multiple parties, and multiple methods of handling and transferring criminal property as well as concealing it and entering into arrangements to assist others to do so. Sections 327-329 in the Proceeds of Crime Act (as amended by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005) define the money laundering offences. Anyone can commit one of these. Conviction of any of these offences is punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment and / or an unlimited fine.
"Corruption wins not more than honesty".
William Shakespeare, Henry VIII, (1613) act 3, sc. 2, l. 441
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Roger Marchant, Certified Accountant, R. Marchant & Co.
After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14th April 2016. It entered in to force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal and is in direct application in all member states two years after this date. Enforcement date: 25th May 2018 - at which time the Data Protection Act 2018 came into effect and a new age of data privacy began!
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy.
Much maligned by many, health and safety is a serious matter and one which requires an organisation's full attention and care. Set out in a series of regulations, the health and safety requirements vary depending upon the nature, activity and complexity of an organisation, with a common theme running throughout - a safe workplace is paramount for everyone.
Health and safety legal compliance doesn't require compliance with ISO 45001, however a number of other safety management schemes are in place to demonstrate the commitment of an organisation to health and safety best practices.
Our experience with the introduction and management of GDPR has been a key part of of success thus far. To find out more about the work completed, please see below some of the case studies we have.