BLL Bulletin

Protecting-against-tax-and-benefit-fraud-during-COVID-19
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Protecting against tax and benefit fraud during COVID-19
Speedread: COVID-19 is a tremendous challenge to the world economy. The UK government has announced generous financial measures in response.
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Covid-19 & consequences for anti-money laundering
Speedread: Anita Clifford considers the implications for anti-money laundering and Customer Due Diligence following the shift towards virtual client relationships in response to the global health emergency.
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Bitcoin-Cryptocurrency-POCA-Cryptoassets
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Where do we go from here? Cryptoassets and external application of POCA 2002
Speedread: This briefing considers the international perspective on cryptoassets and external application of Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, after the ruling in AA v Persons Unknown [2019] EWHC 3556 (Comm).
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The vulnerability-of-management-consultants-to-an-offence-of-money-laundering
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The vulnerability of management consultants to an offence of money laundering
Speedread: Recent events suggest that management consultants are vulnerable to interacting with criminal property, thereby triggering a money laundering exposure under UK criminal law.
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Cryptoassets' relationship with the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
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Cryptoassets’ relationship with the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
Speedread: The recent High Court decision in AA v Persons Unknown [2019] EWHC 3556 (Comm) provided an affirmative answer to the long-standing question of whether cryptoassets were property under English law.
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Spring-Clean-for-the-Waste-Industry
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A Spring Clean for the Waste Industry?
Speedread: On 16 January 2020, the government launched a taskforce to bring environmental regulators, HMRC and the National Crime Agency together to combat serious crime in the waste sector.
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The-impact-of-an-acquittal-on-civil-recovery-proceedings
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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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Banks-as-policemen
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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
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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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Fungibility
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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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