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21 Feb 2017
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Special Report – the UK: the most corrupt place on earth?

Campaigners have frequently branded the UK a world money-laundering hotspot, citing the ‘terrifying’ scale of money laundering through the City of London. Is this fair? What is the UK doing to remedy the problem? Richard Nicholl investigates.

15 Feb 2017
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What makes good conduct regulation?

Our direction of travel for the past forty years, and especially since the financial crash, has been closely harnessed to EU and to global initiatives. And whilst the next two years will necessarily be focused on achieving Brexit in accordance with the Government’s negotiated outcome, there will come a time when we will need to step back to reflect on what we have and to step forward with what we need.

08 Feb 2017
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Special report – Joint accounts: recreational marijuana and the U.S. banking system

Policymakers have given themselves the year to legislate around the legal complexities that have plagued both the marijuana industry and law enforcement in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska and DC. With a change in law at Federal level still looking unlikely, they have some serious difficulties to resolve when it comes to those $7 billion of cannabis cash.

06 Feb 2017
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“Reasonable grounds for knowing or suspecting”: a cautionary tale about VAT fraud

Not everyone involved in the fraud is a trader: legal professionals and corporate service providers are required to set up and administer the carousel, and profits are laundered in any number of ways. Anyone who counsels, aids or abets is liable for a money laundering offence under the Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002.

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    Have Deferred Prosecution Agreements come of age?

    On 17 January 2017, at Southwark Crown Court, Lord Justice Leveson approved a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) between the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”), and Rolls-Royce Plc and Rolls-Royce Energy System Inc (“Rolls-Royce”).[1] The third DPA agreed by the SFO has led some to wonder whether DPAs have finally come of age as a weapon the SFO’s enforcement arsenal.

    Special Report – the UK: the most corrupt place on earth?

    Campaigners have frequently branded the UK a world money-laundering hotspot, citing the ‘terrifying’ scale of money laundering through the City of London. Is this fair? What is the UK doing to remedy the problem? Richard Nicholl investigates.

    What makes good conduct regulation?

    Our direction of travel for the past forty years, and especially since the financial crash, has been closely harnessed to EU and to global initiatives. And whilst the next two years will necessarily be focused on achieving Brexit in accordance with the Government’s negotiated outcome, there will come a time when we will need to step back to reflect on what we have and to step forward with what we need.