Criminal Law Blog

15 January 2020

Subject of Unexplained Wealth Order now hit with Account Freezing Order

The NCA announced on Monday 13 January that it has obtained an Account Freezing Order (AFO) over funds in excess of £1m related to businessman Mansoor Mahmood Hussain alleged to be connected to organised crime and in respect of whom the NCA had already secured an Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) in July 2019. It is clear that law enforcement agencies’ appetite to deploy these draconian orders is growing.

Ed Smyth

11 December 2019

A change of direction in director disqualification for breaches of competition law?

The recent practice of regulators – and the potential for future developments – means that company directors need to be increasingly aware of the risks associated with competition law compliance.

Mark Mills

10 December 2019

Torture charges dismissed against Agnes Reeves Taylor

It was reported on 6 December 2019 that the torture charges against Agnes Reeves Taylor, the ex-wife of former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, have been dismissed. Agnes Taylor was charged in 2017 with a number of charges of torture relating to alleged incidents said to have taken place in 1990 in the course of the civil war in Liberia.

Jonathan Grimes

6 December 2019

Review of the reforms to pre-charge bail – is the law the problem?

On 5 November 2019, the Home Office announced that it will consider updating the reforms made in 2017 that limited the length of pre-charge bail to 28 days and introduced the current Released Under Investigation (‘RUI’) arrangements. 

Maeve Keenan

7 November 2019

Changes proposed by the Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill

Extradition lawyers have, for the past three and a half years, been baffled by their very own Brexit
conundrum. How is it that the Conservatives, historically the party of law and order, could (broadly)
support leaving the EU when, since 2003, the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) scheme has led to
the removal of thousands of suspected or convicted offenders from these shores?

Rebecca Niblock

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