Jonathan Fisher QC and Anita Clifford discussed the benefits and disadvantages of non-conviction based confiscation methods at a two-day conference organised by the Council of Europe on 27 and 28 April 2021 where they were joined by fellow experts in this area.
Jonathan and Anita spoke of the experience in the UK as well as Australia and recent UK law reform spanning account freezing and unexplained wealth orders. The conference was organised through Strasbourg and attended virtually by delegates from the Eastern Partnership States of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Armenia. The Eastern Partnership is a joint policy initiative which aims to deepen ties between the EU and its six Eastern neighbours.
Bright Line Law (Jonathan Fisher QC together with Anita Clifford and Rachel Clark) were instructed by the Council of Europe to author a paper on non-conviction based confiscation which was published on 15 April 2021 ahead of the conference and is available here.