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

Banks in the UK are very heavily regulated, and this can sometimes have a severe impact on individual or business customers. In particular, banks are increasingly deciding to close and/or block accounts without giving reasons, and this can sometimes result in long delays before the customer can access their funds.

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

The Criminal Finances Bill, currently under consideration by Parliament, includes a number of proposed changes to the laws on money laundering and civil recovery under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

In the second of a two-part article, John Binns looks at the proposals on money laundering, civil recovery, and enforcement powers.

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Confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA): a Prosecutor’s Wonderland?

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) provides for a notoriously draconian regime for making confiscation orders against defendants who are convicted in criminal proceedings. Some of its harshest features arise from the fact that it often reads as if it had been written by Humpty Dumpty in Alice in Wonderland, who said of language that ‘when I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean’.

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