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SFO use ‘listed asset’ provisions for the first time

It was announced on Wednesday that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has recovered half a million pounds worth of jewellery from a safe deposit box under the listed asset provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). The forfeiture is part of a civil recovery investigation arising from the Birmingham Mortgage Fraud case: a £50 million fraud investigation/prosecution that began in March 2006.[1]

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Cyber Sanctions: what are they, and are they here to stay?

Sanctions in the UK

Sanctions (including travel bans[1] and asset freezes) are a tool of foreign policy where the UK, as an EU member, not only implemented EU laws[2], but also played a leading role in making them.

While the policy lead for sanctions lies with the Foreign Office, the responsibility for enforcement lies with the Home Office (for travel bans) and HM Treasury, specifically the Office for Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), which oversees a system of financial penalties for breaches of financial sanctions[3].

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Read the latest issue of FiftyOne for our latest business crime, regulatory and serious crime insights

Whilst it has been an unprecedented few months for all, we wanted to make sure we stay connected and provide you with some of the most recent legal insights we have produced. We hope you find them both interesting and informative.

At this time we would have normally sent you our bi-annual legal publication, FiftyOne, in the post but in its place we are delighted to share with you the digital edition for Autumn 2020 which discusses a variety of timely and topical matters from the business crime, regulatory and general crime sectors.

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