The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies hosts “FinReg: Corporate Crime Comes of Age”

April 5, 2023

Rebecca Chalkley (Chair and Speaker) will join RLC member Sam Smart and co-speakers Brian Altman KC (2 Bedford Row) and Polly Sprenger ( Partner in the Global Investigations Group, Addleshaw Goddard) in a seminar hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) on Thursday 20 April from 5-6.30pm.

The speakers will review the current landscape of economic crime and the changes that have unfolded in the last two decades, covering:

• the progression and development of statute addressing money laundering, fraud and bribery, which revolutionised the approach to prosecuting corporate offenders;
• the success of “failure to prevent”, and the brave new world in which corporate offenders report their own misdeeds in the hopes of avoiding prosecution;
• the growing ambition of prosecuting bodies such as the Insolvency Service and HMRC – and the example taught by Boris Becker;
• how corporates are responding when law enforcement leaves them to fight their own battles – the explosion of private prosecutions.

FinReg (The Centre for Financial Law, Regulation & Compliance) was established in 2020, with the purpose of promoting knowledge and understanding of financial law/regulation/compliance, broadly construed. The ultimate objective of the Centre is to develop a reputation for research excellence across financial law, regulation and compliance, as well as acting as a hub for the promotion and facilitation of research – both nationally and internationally – across these areas.

Rebecca Chalkley was appointed a Visiting Professor of Practice at IALS in October 2022 and works closely with FinReg to develop greater links between IALS and legal practice. The position of Visiting Professor of Practice is made by invitation only, and the appointment is made on the basis of professional standing. Her practice remains unchanged. Read more: [Rebecca Chalkley Profile ]

Sam Smart is regularly instructed to defend and prosecute a wide range of offences, covering Crime and Fraud. He was instructed as Prosecution Junior for the Insolvency Service in their prosecution of the former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker: [Sam Smart Profile]