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Global Investigations Review 100

BCL is included in Global Investigations Review ("GIR")'s annual guide to the world's leading cross-border investigation practices. Read article

Suspicious Activity Reports and Cash Seizure: An Abuse of Process?

Shaul Brazil and Tom McNeill explore the problematic nature of recent “innovations” from UK law enforcement, most notably regarding the misuse of the disclosure and consent regime. Read article

Who's Who Legal

BCL is recognised as a leading firm in Who’s Who Legal, which identifies the foremost legal practitioners in business law based upon comprehensive, independent research . Read article

Criminal Finances Bill – Forfeiture of Bank Accounts?

John Binns and Tom McNeill query provisions in the Criminal Finances Bill to extend cash seizure and forfeiture powers to moneys held in bank and building society accounts. Read article

Michael Drury and Julian Hayes author England & Wales chapter of Cybersecurity – Getting the Deal Through

Michael Drury and Julian Hayes of BCL have authored the England and Wales chapter of Cybersecurity – Getting the Deal Through, published in February 2017. Read article

The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations

BCL partner, Brian Spiro, and solicitor, Gavin Costelloe, have co-authored a chapter in Global Investigations Review’s inaugural work “The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations”; published in the UK on 24 January and in the USA on 9 February 2017. Read article

So Your Bank Blocked Your Account: Why It Happens, and What to Do About It

John Binns writes on why banks are increasingly blocking their customers’ accounts. Read article

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 29 November 2016. Michael Drury and Julian Hayes discuss the Act, the powers it regulates and the controversy it has generated. Read article

Criminal Finances Bill - Money Laundering, Civil Recovery & Enforcement Powers

In the second of a two-part article, John Binns looks at the proposals on money laundering, civil recovery, and enforcement powers included in the Criminal Finances Bill, currently under consideration by Parliament. Read article

Criminal Finances Bill - Unexplained Wealth Orders & Disclosure Orders

In the first of a two-part article, John Binns looks at the proposals on Unexplained Wealth Orders and Disclosure Orders included in the Criminal Finances Bill, currently under consideration by Parliament. Read article

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