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?
The Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) is now two years old. Last year, on its first anniversary, commentators and professionals lined up to criticise its implementation and list the challenges it faced. Twelve months further on, while much has superficially changed, the underlying issues remain the same. However there are stirrings that this could be about to change.
On 3 October 2019 the Home Secretary announced that the UK and US had signed an historic agreement that will enable UK law enforcement agencies to demand direct access to electronic data from US tech firms - the UK-US Bilateral Data Access Agreement.
Do you remember the fallout from the Panama Papers? Do you remember HMRC’s response pledging to prosecute 100 wealthy individuals and corporates per year by 2020? Do you remember the new corporate offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion announced with much fanfare as part of the Criminal Finance Act 2017?
As my children headed off to university last week, I gave them each several boxes of
condoms, unwilling to leave to chance the possibility that beer would be
prioritised in their weekly budget.
We also had The Conversation about sex, consent and respect, which for me is not simply born out of parental concern (I have a son and a daughter) but is also heavily influenced by my professional life, since I am a criminal defence lawyer specialising in cases of sexual misconduct, harassment, rape, revenge porn and stealthing, often involving young people.