The NCA announced on 13 February that it had obtained a freezing order preventing the sale of 17 addresses as part of an on-going investigation into a Leeds businessman with suspected links to serious organised criminals. It confirmed that the Property Freezing Order (PFO) covers properties in Leeds, Cheshire and London worth approximately £10.5 million, which are under the control of 39-year-old Mansoor Mahmood Hussain.
In recent years there has been lively discussion about artificial intelligence revolutionising the way we work and live our lives. In its policy paper on the AI Sector Deal, the UK government predicted that the development of AI technology could have the same dramatic impact on society as the invention of the printing press.
Just as the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 are starting to bed in – along comes the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019 incorporating the provisions of the EU’s Fifth Money Laundering Directive [5MLD] into UK law. Implemented on 10 January 2020 with relatively little fanfare (unlike its predecessor), whilst it is an iteration of the regime to date, rather than a wholesale overhaul, there are a number of significant changes which those in the regulated sector , both old and new entrants, need to know about and action.
On 23 January 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its consultation on its proposed Annual Plan for 2020/2021. The consultation sets out the CMA’s proposed main objectives and priorities for the coming year.