Tackling Illicit Finance - Ed Smyth writes for STEP Journal

22 October 2020

An article by Ed Smyth, Partner in our Criminal Litigation Department, focussing on the measures available to law enforcement to tackle illicit finance, has been published in STEP Journal, the publication of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (an international association of family inheritance and succession planning professionals).

In the article, Ed considers UWOs and AFOs, introduced by the UK Criminal Finances Act 2017, and what advisors need to know when dealing with them. He looks at the following:

  • UWO & trusts
  • Account freezing and forfeiture orders
  • What to do when your client is faced with an AFO

You can read this article in full by clicking here (subscription required). This article was first published by STEP Journal on 02 October 2020.

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About the author

Ed Smyth is a Partner in the Criminal Litigation Department and represents individuals and corporates involved across the full spectrum of criminal and quasi-criminal matters. He has considerable experience of confiscation and asset forfeiture proceedings and of challenging the exercise of search and seizure powers. He has acted in cases involving the SFO, the NCA, HMRC, the Information Commissioner, the Electoral Commission and various professional disciplinary bodies.



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