Jonathan Flynn

Unexplained wealth orders: The NCA claim to have reached a “milestone”

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has recovered almost £10 million worth of properties and cash from a Leeds-based businessman, Mr Mansoor Mahmood Hussain, in civil recovery proceedings emanating from an unexplained wealth order (UWO).[1]

Commenting on the announcement, the NCA Director General of the National Economic Crime Centre, Mr Graeme Biggar, said: “This case is a milestone, demonstrating the power of Unexplained Wealth Orders, with significant implications for how we pursue illicit finance in the UK.”[2]

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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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Emerging from COVID-19: an opportunity for prosecutors?

Criminal lawyers are always asked by their clients how long they think an investigation or prosecution into allegedly serious offending will take. Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, in a justice system crippled by budget cuts and beset with inefficiencies, the answer would nearly always be measured in years.

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GIR Practitioner’s Guide 2020 – Individuals Issues in Parallel or Cross-Border Investigations UK

BCL partner Richard Sallybanks and associates Ami Amin and Jonathan Flynn write the chapter titled ‘Individuals in Cross-Border Investigations or Proceedings: The UK Perspective’ for Global Investigations Review: The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations.

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