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Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Bribery Act 2010

  • April 18, 2011
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  • The legislation has been passed…

    The consultation period has ended…

    The guidance has been published.

    Now, with effect from 1st July 2011 any company trading in the U.K. can be prosecuted if, in furtherance of the company business, one or more of its employees or representative’s are found guilty of bribing someone to do or not to do something contrary to their role.

    The company will be able to claim a defence to such a charge if and only if it can prove it has put adequate compliance measures in place to prevent that occurrence.

    Much will turn on the word “adequate” but the following is a quote from the legislative guidance,

    “Accordingly, the detail of how organisations might apply these principles, taken as a whole, will vary, but the outcome should always be robust and effective anti-bribery procedures”.

    The UK government has clearly indicated that it expects the anti-bribery training to be proportionate to the risks faced by the company.  A very small business may rely heavily on simply telling staff, verbally, about their bribery policy.

    However, for larger companies the Guidance Notes recommend extensive written communication, and training that is continuous and regularly monitored.  The ideal means of delivering such communication and training is e-learning – and this is recognised in the Guidance Notes.

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    by Ron

Excellent Court Result After Biggest UK Counterfeit Clothing Haul

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  • Surelock is proud to have assisted Birmingham City Council Trading Standards on this operation on behalf of our clients.  It was the largest seizure of counterfeit clothing ever in the United Kingdom.  The press release from Birmingham trading Standards is reproduced below:

    Birmingham Trading Standards has secured its biggest ever Proceeds of Crime Act award after a company boss, who was convicted of selling counterfeit clothing on an industrial scale, was ordered to repay almost £5.5 million

    Banti Sohal, aged 41, formerly of Bernard Road, Edgbaston, was jailed for three-and-a-half years in April last year after admitting 17 charges under the Trades Mark Act.

    He was charged after city council trading standards officers made their biggest ever haul of counterfeit clothing in the West Midlands. Surelock assisted in this investigation together with other trade mark representatives.

    They raided a warehouse in Smethwick in November 2008 where they discovered around 100,000 items of fake Nike, Timberland, Fred Perry, Drunknmunky, Ecko Rhino, Sean John and Henri Lloyd clothing.

    Had the clothing been genuine it would have been worth up to £9 million but the estimated street value was £6 million.

    NR Sohal and Sons’ registered premises was a shop in City Road, Edgbaston, but just a short distance away it had a huge warehouse in Heath Street, Smethwick, where the counterfeit clothing, imported from China, was stored.

    The £5,380,000 confiscation order was made at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, March 18 2011.

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    by Ron

Excellent Court Result After Biggest Ever UK Counterfeit Clothing Haul

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  • Surelock is proud to have assisted Birmingham City Council Trading Standards on this operation on behalf of our clients.  It was the largest seizure of counterfeit clothing ever in the United Kingdom.  The press release from Birmingham trading Standards is reproduced below:

    Birmingham Trading Standards has secured its biggest ever Proceeds of Crime Act award after a company boss, who was convicted of selling counterfeit clothing on an industrial scale, was ordered to repay almost £5.5 million 

    Banti Sohal, aged 41, formerly of Bernard Road, Edgbaston, was jailed for three-and-a-half years in April last year after admitting 17 charges under the Trades Mark Act.

    He was charged after city council trading standards officers made their biggest ever haul of counterfeit clothing in the West Midlands. Surelock assisted in this investigation together with other trade mark representatives.

    They raided a warehouse in Smethwick in November 2008 where they discovered around 100,000 items of fake Nike, Timberland, Fred Perry, Drunknmunky, Ecko Rhino, Sean John and Henri Lloyd clothing.

    Had the clothing been genuine it would have been worth up to £9 million but the estimated street value was £6 million.

    NR Sohal and Sons’ registered premises was a shop in City Road, Edgbaston, but just a short distance away it had a huge warehouse in Heath Street, Smethwick, where the counterfeit clothing, imported from China, was stored.

    The £5,380,000 confiscation order was made at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, March 18 2011.

    read more
    by Ron