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Bank account frozen

If someone finds his bank account has been frozen by the bank without warning or explanation, what should he do and what can he expect to happen?

Money Laundering Regulations 2017

Comments upon some changes made by the Money Laundering Regulations 2017

Alleged possession of criminal property

How our forensic accountant’s expert witness report helped Tony’s solicitors obtain his acquittal on a charge of money laundering involving possession of criminal property.

Criminal Finances Act 2017

The new Criminal Finances Act 2017 strengthens civil recovery of the proceeds of crime; creates unexplained wealth orders; creates new offences of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion; and extends existing investigation powers in relation to money laundering and terrorist finances

Challenging a s22 PoCA 2002 confiscation reconsideration

This blog post considers the provisions of s22 regarding reconsideration of the defendant’s available amount and ways in which prosecution applications under s22 may be challenged by the defendant.

Criminal Finances Bill proposed

A new Criminal Finances Bill was proposed in the Queen’s Speech at the opening of the new parliamentary year on 18 May 2016. The new Bill is intended to assist in tackling corruption, money laundering and tax evasion.

Piercing the corporate veil in confiscation

This article attempts to trace recent developments in piercing the corporate veil in caselaw in respect of confiscation and to suggest some practical implications of the present-day legal position in England and Wales.

Balance of probabilities in confiscation

In confiscation law ‘the balance of probabilities’ plays a key role. The inherent probability or improbability of an event is itself a matter to be taken into account when weighing the probabilities and deciding whether, on balance, the event occurred.

Defence opening statements to be introduced

Defence opening statements are to be introduced in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court in England and Wales from 4 April 2016. One of the aims of this change is to better identify for Magistrates and jurors, at an early stage, those matters which are in dispute between prosecution and defence.

Confiscation & proportionality

Since the UK Supreme Court decision in R v Waya the issue of proportionality in confiscation has been exercising legal minds in England & Wales. But what does ‘disproportionate’ mean in practice?