Author Archives: Ashley Fairbrother

Covid pandemic and fraud epidemic

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Tamlyn Edmonds joined Paul Lewis and Graeme Biggar, Director General of the National Economic Crime Centre, NCA to discuss the continued growth of fraud, which now accounts for a third of all crime in England and Wales, on the BBC’s … Continue reading

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Tamlyn Edmonds & Kate McMahon feature in the Insurance Age discussing the use of private prosecutions in the fight against insurance fraud

Tamlyn Edmonds and Kate McMahon explain that in 2019, CIFAS, the UK’s fraud prevention service reported a 27% rise in false insurance claims across the UK in the prior year and that in 2018, dishonest insurance claims were valued at … Continue reading

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Malicious Facebook post results in £15,000 damages – is a malicious Facebook post also a criminal offence?

On 1 June 2020, the Times reported on a landmark ruling involved an aspiring lawyer who won £15,000 in damages, after she sued her uncle following a malicious Facebook post. The woman successfully claimed that her uncle’s post revealed, to six … Continue reading

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Is Cryptocurrency Property?

The rise of cryptocurrency and crypto crime There has been a cryptocurrency boom in recent years, giving rise to the fundamental question “what is cryptocurrency?”. This question has been asked repeatedly since the birth of Bitcoin (the first decentralised cryptocurrency) … Continue reading

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Fast global fiscal response in a crisis

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This article by Kate McMahon and Mai Holdom first appeared on the website of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association, and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK. © … Continue reading

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Romance Fraud in Covid-19: Just Swipe Right

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An extract of this article by Kate McMahon, Jane Guthrie and Mai Holdom was published in The Times on 23 April 2020. “Will you self-isolate with me?” As we enter our third month of Covid-19, weeks on from lockdown, it’s … Continue reading

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I have been the victim of a Coronavirus scam

“I have been the victim of a Coronavirus scam” is regrettably becoming a common complaint for many. In the area of law enforcement and private prosecutions, it comes as little surprise to note the increasing number of coronavirus / COVID-19 … Continue reading

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