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Corporate directing mind and will in civil cases

February 26 2019 Speed read: Attributing liability to a company continues to be fraught with difficulty, in both civil and criminal cases. Historically, the courts…

More than puff and smoke: UK poised for cannabis boom but mind the POCA position

March 16 2021 Recreational cannabis investment continues to be a minefield for solicitors and other regulated professionals in the UK. On 28 January 2021, the SRA…

Covid-19 & Consequences for Anti-Money Laundering

March 24 2020 Anita Clifford considers the implications for anti-money laundering and Customer Due Diligence following the shift towards virtual client…

Virtual Currencies, Crowdfunding and the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk

August 8 2017 In the financial crime space, cryptocurrency and crowdfunding are buzzwords du jour - yet what actually is known about the money laundering and…

A Call for Clarity: The Uncertainty of ‘Associated Person’

April 3 2017 The passage of the Criminal Finances Bill 2016 will see the introduction of a new corporate offence of failure to prevent the facilitation…

New CPS prosecution guidance - a shameless revision

September 20 2021 Concerns that the revised guidance on money laundering offences published by the Crown Prosecution Service ("CPS") on 2nd June this year will lead to…

Carousel fraud - is the ride over?

September 20 2021 R v Umerji [2021] EWCA Crim 598 has thrust carousel fraud back into the spotlight. The Court of Appeal's decision permits the prosecution of fugitive…

Revisiting Rogers: The Extra-Territoriality of the Money Laundering Offences

September 20 2021 The recent case of Balaz v District Court of Zloven (Slovakia) [2021] EWHC 1862 was right to recognise that the principal money laundering offences…

Amendment to the Money Laundering Regulations is afoot: government commences consultation

August 7 2021 The government has commenced the consultation process for further amendments to the Money Laundering Regulations 2017. Changes up for…

Inadequate customer due diligence — no right of action?

August 6 2021 The case was brought by the first claimant, Michelle Lennon, against the solicitors’ firm, representatives of a late partner at that firm and the…