Tipping Off & Prejudicing an Investigation - Warning Signs & Defences
Under section 333A of POCA, it is an offence for a person to disclose information likely to prejudice an investigation, where that information came to the person in the course of business in the regulated sector.
A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term exceeding 2 years, or to a fine, or to both.
Many are unaware that tipping off is actually taking place. These convictions are not widely reported in the press, but that does not mean it does not happen and the consequences are almost always an immediate custodial sentence.
Aimed at those undertaking regulated services, this short webinar will offer guidance on how best to ensure that tipping off and prejudicing an investigation does not take place.
Expert speaker Mandy Hargun will use practical real-life scenarios to help you identify if or when a tipping off offence can occur, and how you should react when faced with this situation.
Consideration will also be given to the defences available.
What You Will Learn
This webinar will cover the following:
- Penalties of tipping off or prejudicing an investigation
- Defences available
- Why you cannot tell your client the reason for the delay
- Background and thoughts behind the leading case in this area Shah and Another v HSBC Private Bank (UK) Ltd
This webinar was recorded on 16th October 2023
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