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2015–Present

2015

The Panel launches a new logo and website to provide more information to people actually or potentially affected by fraud.

2010–2014

2014

Ros Wright retires as chairman after more than 11 years’ service and is replaced by David Kirk.

Regional members’ meetings are extended to include the South East and Northern Ireland.

2013

Recommendations to improve the support available to individual and smaller business fraud victims are published. A meeting with key organisations and law enforcement considers the practicalities of implementation.

2012

A comprehensive review of the existing routes to financial redress available to fraud victims is completed. The findings are published in a series of six booklets on Obtaining Redress and Improving Outcomes for the Victims of Fraud.

New UK-wide guidance on how to give safely to charities on the doorstep, on the street, and online is created. It is supported by key UK stakeholders.

Recommendations are published to address shortcomings in the UK’s system of company incorporation which make it vulnerable to abuse by fraudsters.

The popular series of Fraud Facts is expanded to include new titles specifically for anti-fraud professionals.

2011

The Panel agrees to lead a major campaign in support of fraud victims who wish to recover their money by non-criminal means as part of the UK’s national strategy to reduce fraud, Fighting Fraud Together. This is the biggest project the Panel has undertaken in its history.

Revised articles of association are adopted by special resolution on 30 June to reflect changes in company and charity law. The memorandum of association is also amended and restated.

2010

A special report, Fraud Reporting: A Shared Responsibility examines UK listed companies’ existing obligations to prevent, detect and report corporate fraud.

Regional meetings are introduced in the Midlands, South West and Scotland to enable members to network and discuss local issues.

2005–2009

2009

Ground-breaking new research into fraud in the UK charity sector is published.

2008

A brand new series of self-help factsheets Fraud Facts for individuals and businesses is launched.

A series of six best-practice leaflets are issued to help fraud investigators comply with current data protection requirements, and to address issues identified in previous research.

2007

The Panel highlights the legal loopholes that expose virtual communities to the risk of fraud.

Fraud and misconduct in academic and scientific research is highlighted.

2006

A pioneering roundtable is convened on the victims of fraud with the results published in the Panel’s first occasional paper.

The Panel’s long-running campaign to create a legal definition and single substantive offence of fraud concludes with the introduction of the UK Fraud Act 2006.

The results of preliminary research into Perceptions on the Impact of the Data Protection Legislation on the Successful Private Sector Investigation of Fraud are published.

Detailed proposals to reform the law and court procedures as they relate to cases of serious fraud are published in Bringing to Book.

2005

The Fraud Advisory Panel is registered as a charity in England and Wales. It shares a stand at the European Union Crime Prevention Conference as part of the UK Presidency in Budapest.

The Panel joins the steering group which establishes the UK Government’s influential Fraud Review – the first comprehensive review of the nation’s response to fraud.

The Panel makes the front page of The Independent with coverage of its art and crime conference which finds that most antiquities are faked or looted.

2000–2004

2004

The inaugural Great Fraud Debate is held in November. It goes on to become a biennial event.

2003

Rosalind Wright CB QC is appointed chairman.

The Panel joins the Association of Chief Police Officer’s Economic Crime Forum.

A seminar on the risk of identity fraud is staged in November. The event proves so popular that it is repeated again the following year.

2002

A membership subscription scheme is introduced to help fund activities.

The Fraud Advisory Panel becomes one of the first organisations to highlight the impact of fraud on small and medium-sized enterprises and develops ground-breaking research into the Indications of Fraud in SMEs and preventative advice in Cybercrime: What Every SME Should Know, and Fighting Fraud: A Guide for SMEs.

The Panel’s website www.fraudadivsorypanel.org is launched in August.

2001

The Fraud Advisory Panel becomes a separate company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales in November.

A major survey of cybercrime is conducted in collaboration with the CBI and others and published in Cybercrime Survey 2001.

1996–1999

1998

The Fraud Advisory Panel is launched on 2 February with George Staple CB QC as chairman. It holds its first full meeting in October.

The Panel raises questions of Procedure in Serious Fraud Trials with the aim of reducing the burdens on participants (especially jurors) and increasing the likelihood of conviction.

1997

The ICAEW Audit Faculty issues a consultation paper to interested parties outlining proposals to establish a Fraud Advisory Panel to act as an independent forum to discuss and generate ideas to tackle serious fraud. The proposal receives widespread support.

1996

ICAEW – a leading professional membership organisation for chartered accountants worldwide – launches a fraud initiative as part of its public interest remit. A highly publicised conference and discussion paper called Taking Fraud Seriously makes recommendations to address the issue of fraud.

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