A party entering into a contract in reliance on a representation by the other party, but which they suspect is not true, may now be able to 'unravel' the contract if they later obtain proof that what they were told was a fraudulent misrepresentation, following a Supreme Court ruling.
Employers should carry out reasonable investigations, and have a genuine and reasonable belief there has been dishonesty, before dismissing an employee for lying about or exaggerating an illness or injury, a ruling makes clear.
All business organisations and senior officers should ensure they have adequate procedures to prevent bribery by ‘associated persons’ on their behalf, or risk being criminally liable, after the first conviction for ‘failure to prevent bribery’.
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