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John Binns writes for Money Laundering Bulletin discussing the UK’s law enforcement on Russian oligarchs

Can sanctions on Russian oligarchs be used to confiscate illicit wealth? BCL partner John Binns writes for Money Laundering Bulletin exploring how UK law enforcement could move from a regime designed to freeze assets as a tool of foreign policy, to one that might achieve their permanent forfeiture.

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David Hardstaff and John Binns write for Open Access Government exploring shifting sands in the UK CBD industry

UK-based CBD companies may feel they have had a rough ride recently as the FSA introduces the new novel food application process, which requires non-medicinal CBD products to be the subject of an application for authorisation. BCL partner John Binns and senior associate David Hardstaff explore the changes in the UK CBD industry in their recent article for Open Government Access.

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John Binns writes for Thomson Reuters discussing cannabis and money laundering

Public attitudes toward cannabis have changed in recent years, however the UK law, has lagged, which paired with the requirements imposed by the UK’s money laundering laws on the regulated sector may result that the legitimate transactions may be turned away or blocked unnecessarily. BCL partner John Binns writes for Thomson Reuters discussing the challenges the cannabis and cannabidiol industry may present for those charged with identifying and reporting money laundry.

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BCL’s Julian Hayes and Andrew Watson discuss the NIS Regulations with The Barrister Magazine

BCL’s Julian Hayes and Andrew Watson’s article ‘’Preparing for the worst but operating at our best – Reform of the NIS Regulations’’ has been published by The Barrister. In the article they discuss the regulations and look into the challenges for the reforms in the face of increased online threats.

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Richard Sallybanks speaks to The Times on SFO’s latest debate on outsourcing

BCL partner, Richard Sallybanks has been quoted in The Times discussing the SFO’s decision to outsource the disclosure process in the prosecution of G4S after an eight-year investigation into the private security company and the use of third party suppliers to assist with large investigations.

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The Serious Fraud Office: What’s on the horizon? BCL’s Richard Sallybanks and Anoushka Warlow write for Fraud Intelligence

With the SFO operating under a shadow cast by the independent reviews being conducted by Sir David Calvert-Smith and Brian Altman QC, BCL partner Richard Sallybanks and senior associate Anoushka Warlow look at where next for the beleaguered agency.

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John Binns writes for Thomson Reuters discussing crypto-assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

While crypto-assets are intangible, they can still be considered as ‘’property’’ and their value fluctuates significantly. They can also be used to commit fraud, to evade tax, to breach or circumvent financial sanctions, or to launder money. All of this means that they may have relevance to any of the various parts of Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.  BCL partner John Binns writes for Thomson Reuters exploring if crypto-assets can be seized under Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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John Binns speaks to The Times on the practicalities of an international anti-corruption court

BCL partner John Binns has been quoted in The Times’s discussing the practicalities of launching an international anti-corruption court and the operational difficulties it could encounter to implement the good intentions of the United Nations Convention against corruption.

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