Jonathan Fisher QC

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The impact of an acquittal on civil recovery proceedings
Speed read: Considering recent developments in civil recovery cases, an important question arises as to whether a defendant’s acquittal in a criminal trial can adversely affect a claimant’s prospects of successfully bringing a civil claim against them in the High...
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Bankers and the importance of ongoing monitoring
Speed read: Jonathan Fisher QC analyses the interrelationship between the civil and criminal liability of banks and the consequential establishment of the banks as policemen of money laundering.
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Law commission suspicion
Speed read: Jonathan Fisher QC discusses the history, problems and possible reforms for the law on suspicion, a crucial threshold for suspicious reporting which at present is hindering the anti-money laundering effort.
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Law commission fungibility
Speed read: In this article, Jonathan Fisher QC explores whether the notion of fungibility has been applied too widely in the money laundering legislation.
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Anti-money laundering regime requires urgent reform
Speed read: Jonathan Fisher QC analyses the suspicious reporting regime and the inundation of the National Crime Agency with reports which are often of little use in the anti-money laundering effort.
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The Government’s Economic Crime Plan 2019–22
Speed read: Jonathan Fisher QC examines the Government’s recent Economic Crime Plan and its reliance on the private sector for investigating and enforcing financial crime. The implications of increased information sharing between the private and public sectors require careful consideration....
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Civil Cases in Criminal Courts
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Civil cases in criminal courts
Speed read: Jonathan Fisher QC discusses the convergence of civil and criminal procedure in cash forfeiture appeals. The powers are civil in nature but the requirement of underlying criminal conduct and use of the Crown Court, with inadequate procedural rules,...
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Corporate facilitation of tax evasion — not yet a damp squib
Speed read: Although there have not been any prosecutions to date, the introduction of the corporate facilitation offences is not a damp squib. The offences are sufficiently wide to embrace evasion of duties as well as income and corporation tax,...
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Do not be beguiled by the soothing tones of the UK’s FATF Mutual Evaluation report
Speed read: Jonathan Fisher QC reflects on the new FATF report on the UK’s anti-money laundering infrastructure. There is a contrast between its praise of the UK and the reality of money laundering as a continuing threat to high-risk businesses....
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Corporate investigations in the post-ENRC era
Speed read: In this piece Jonathan Fisher QC shares some ideas on legal privilege and the future of self-reporting post Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2006 ('SFO v ENRC'). The key point is...
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