The United Kingdom has the strictest money laundering legislation in the world. The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment for the offence of money laundering. Sentences are almost inevitably followed by confiscation proceedings and often preceded by restraint of assets.
We act on behalf of a wide range of clients who find themselves unexpectedly caught up in money laundering investigations, whether as witnesses or suspects. We have in the past advised firms of solicitors, accountants and independent financial advisors who have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering. In other cases we have advised individuals about compliance with the strict measures laid down by the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.
Increasingly we are instructed to act in cases which involve banks and other financial institutions, particularly in jurisdictions such as Spain, Cyprus and the Balkans.
For more information please contact Michael Hogan who will be pleased to assist you in navigating these challenging and complex legal waters.