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2020: the year of COVID and Brexit - what has it meant for financial crime prevention?

22 Dec 2020
The end of 2020 is finally within sight, and what a strange year it has been. In terms of financial crime prevention, 2020 has been a mixture of continuing to deal with known issues and progressing improvements, but against the backdrop of Brexit and a pandemic. In this year's review for Financial Regulation International, Emma Radmore of Womble Bond Dickinson looks back on the key legal and regulatory priorities for the UK authorities and the year's relevant enforcement actions. As usual, we then look at initiatives that will be progressing over 2021.

Post-Brexit product compliance for CE-marked products

14 Dec 2020
With less than 30 days to go until the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, there are growing concerns as to what the impact of leaving the EU will be on product labelling and compliance – particularly for CE-marked products. CE is the administrative marking that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area. The certification of new products will change dramatically post Brexit and with just over two weeks to go, many questions remain. In this article, Nicky Strong of law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, looks to address some of the key areas of concern.

The National Infrastructure Strategy: a plan for recovery

10 Dec 2020
In November 2020, the Prime Minister laid out his Ten Point Plan (Plan) (endnote 1) for a 'green industrial revolution' which has now been followed by publication of the National Infrastructure Strategy (NIS) (endnote 2), which focuses on 'economic' or 'networked infrastructure': energy, transport, water, waste, flood risk management and digital communications. In outlining how the Plan will be delivered the NIS goes further and sets out a step change in UK infrastructure policy and the intention to 'significantly shift spending to the regions and nations of the UK', in the period covered by the strategy, (five years). The Government intends to update its NIS every five years in response to future National Infrastructure Assessments.