Russell Hopkins

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Bringing responsibility home — what next for parent company liability?
Speed read: The Supreme Court’s jurisdictional judgment in Lungowe v Vedanta holds that parent company liability is an unremarkable proposition in theory. Establishing it in practice, however, is a fact-specific exercise. The court rejected the companies’ multi-faceted challenges to the...
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Corporate directing mind and will in civil cases
Speed read: Attributing liability to a company continues to be fraught with difficulty, in both civil and criminal cases. Historically, the courts adopted a more flexible approach in civil cases, and there is room for further development. This article discusses...
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Sanctions and/or civil recovery for gross human rights violations
Speed read: Two recent pieces of UK legislation provide powers to be used against the perpetrators of gross human rights violations and their accomplices. The first piece of legislation amended the civil recovery powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act...
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The EU’s latest money laundering directive — does the UK comply?
Speed read: Directive (EU) 2108/1673 on combating money laundering by criminal law is now in force. It follows soon after the adoption of the Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD). Whereas the UK government confirmed that it will transpose 5MLD into...
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Parent company liability — where are we headed?
Speed read: On 15-16 January 2019, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal on the civil liability of a UK-domiciled parent company towards persons affected by the operations of its overseas subsidiary. The appeal in Lungowe and others v (1)...
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