Corporate Governance Conference 2018: Getting it right in time of change

Martin Evans QC will be speaking at the 2018 Corporate Governance Conference on the 26th June.

"Theresa May stood on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street on her first day as Prime Minister, she announced that she wanted big businesses to be held to account: the latest corporate governance proposals seek to reform executive pay, strengthen the employee, customer and supplier voice, and tackle the corporate governance of large privately-held businesses. These proposals are in the process of being implemented including a ‘shorter and sharper’ Code of Corporate Governance being finalised by the Financial Reporting Council for 2019."

The conference brings together experts, academics and practitioners to provide practical insight into the key corporate governance events for 2018.

The conference will help delegates to:

• Identify trends and developments in corporate governance.

• Understand the interplay between governance and corporate success – and what to do when things go wrong.

• Share the highs and lows of a range of GDPR compliance projects.

• Get up to speed on new reporting obligations, including gender pay gap.

• Hear the latest on government-proposed corporate governance reform.

• Get the lowdown on corporate crime, including the offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion.

Martin Evans QC is speaking on the subject of:

Trends in corporate crime

"From the introduction of Deferred Prosecution Agreements in 2014 to the new corporate crime of ‘failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion’ introduced last year, much has changed in the world of corporate crime in recent years. The focus is on companies putting in place adequate policies, procedures and processes to avail themselves of a defence. This session will consider the latest trends, including:

•Whither ‘directing mind and will’?

•What is a ‘failure to prevent’ offence? What does it mean?

•Deferred Prosecution Agreements

•Investigations, documents and privilege

•Litigation Privilege over documents prepared as part of an internal investigation: the Bilta and ENRC decisions considered

•Privilege against self-incrimination and pre-existing material: River East"

See for the full conference schedule and booking details.

Harpreet Singh Giani Joins Chambers

Chambers is delighted to announce that Harpreet Giani has accepted an invitation to join Chambers after the successful completion of his pupillage, as a transferring lawyer.

Harpreet is one of very few practicing Barristers at both the English and Indian Bar. His expertise in cross border issues, appeal work, procedure and high value commercial wrongdoing litigation is unique and will assist Chambers in strengthening its international work and reputation.

With 13 years of litigation experience in the Punjab & Haryana High Court (the Indian equivalent of the EAW Court of Appeal) Harpreeet's Indian practice spans commercial, corporate, constitutional, regulatory, property laws and arbitration. He is standing counsel for the government of Chandigarh and represents several statutory authorities in the state of Punjab.

Harpreet’s EAW work takes in asset recovery, litigation, judicial review and cross-border advisory work. As a tenant with Chambers, his practice will be based in this jurisdiction whilst maintaing a significant presence in India.


Joanna Torode Appointed to Attorney General's Panel of Counsel

Chambers is delighted to announce that Joanna Torode has been appointed to the Attorney General's C Panel (Civil)

Joanna’s principal areas of practice are commercial wrongdoing; insolvency and public law, including judicial review and human rights.

She provides advice and advocacy services in all areas of commercial and financial wrongdoing. Recent cases have included allegations of money-laundering; drugs importation and benefit fraud. In addition to this, Joanna has particular expertise in related areas of quasi-criminal litigation, such as, restraint, confiscation of assets and mutual legal assistance (MLA), in which she advises both private clients and the UK authorities.

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