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Publication of Millington and Sutherland Williams on The Proceeds Of Crime (sixth edition)

Publication of Millington and Sutherland Williams on The Proceeds Of Crime (sixth edition)

We are delighted to announce that the sixth edition of Millington and Sutherland Williams on The Proceeds Of Crime has been published by Oxford University Press. The editorial team included Oliver Powell, and a contribution from Helen Pugh, both of Outer Temple Chambers. The proceeds of crime field continues to be one of the fastest moving areas of the legal system in England & Wales. Millington and Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime offers an extensive and authorities examination of asset forfeiture and civil recovery. Chapters new to this edition: Examine the new Anti-Money Laundering Directives that have entered into force in 2020 and provides for certain amendments to the risk-based approach towards money laundering by considering the measures that…

Business Crime, News 2 Jun, 2023

Joshua Hitchens successfully obtains summary dismissal of contempt application

Joshua Hitchens was instructed by Janes Solicitors to represent the Defendant in contempt proceedings before Mr Justice Nicklin, who described the case as “a sobering reminder of the obligation on parties’ lawyers to read very carefully and to understand the effects of injunction orders”.  The Defendant was subject to an injunction which restricted his use of the Claimant’s documents in proceedings. Contrary to the Claimant’s solicitor’s understanding, the injunction did not prevent the identification of the Claimant.  The Defendant was accused of providing an exhibit he had introduced into proceedings to a US attorney who then made use of it in proceedings in the United States. The Claimant brought a contempt application on the basis (1) that the Defendant had…

Business Crime, Disciplinary & Regulatory, News 22 Nov, 2022

Former Head of Chambers, Michael Bowes QC, is appointed a Circuit Judge  

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to announce that longstanding member Michael Bowes QC has been appointed a Circuit Judge, sitting on the Western Circuit from 19 September 2022. On 18th August 2022, it was announced that the Queen has appointed Michael Anthony Bowes QC to be a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Dominic Raab MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. Circuit Judge Appointment: Bowes The Lord Chief Justice has deployed Michael to the Western Circuit, based at Portsmouth Combined Court Centre with effect from 19 September 2022.  He will be known as His Honour Judge Bowes QC. A leading light at…

Business Crime, News 19 Aug, 2022

Michael Bowes QC successful in Harlequin overseas investment fraud prosecution

Michael Bowes QC led the SFO team in its successful prosecution of David Ames, Chairman of Harlequin, who defrauded investors of £226 million in relation to overseas property investments. On 3 August 2022, David Ames was found guilty of two counts of fraud by abuse of position. An SFO (Serious Fraud Office) investigation uncovered how Ames deceived over 8,000 UK investors in the Harlequin Group, a hotel, and resorts development venture. Victims were led to believe they had a secure investment in property whereas, in reality, Harlequin Group was never operating as promised. The business model relied upon investors paying a 30 percent deposit to purchase an unbuilt villa or hotel room, half of which went toward fees for Harlequin…

Business Crime, News 5 Aug, 2022

Alex Haines instructed in sale of Chelsea Football Club sanction case

Outer Temple’s Alex Haines was instructed to provide expert advice on the sale of Chelsea FC and the implications of Russian sanctions imposed on club. Alex Haines – member of the Attorney General’s Civil Panel and Outer Temple’s specialist sanctions team – was instructed by the legal team at Her Majesty’s Treasury to advise on the sale of Chelsea Football Club and the proceeds thereof in light of the designation of its former owner, Roman Abramovich, under Russia sanctions.  On 10 March 2022, Mr Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK Government and, as a result, the Club operated within the confines and constraints caused by the imposition of sanctions.  The sanctions imposed on Mr Abramovich presented unique and unforeseen challenges…

Business Crime, News, Sports 29 Jun, 2022

OpenText White Collar Crime Forum

White Collar Crime Forum: Oliver Powell to join panel discussion on fishing for dirty money

Oliver Powell will join colleagues from Stewarts and Skadden at the White Collar Crime Forum on 11th May to discuss “Fishing for dirty money – are the latest UK sanctions and economic crime legislation an effective trawler?” Oliver Powell has been invited to join a panel discussion at the 6th White Collar Crime Forum on Wednesday 11th May 2022. The event will be held at K&L Gates, One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF from 4pm. This will be a hybrid event, with the opportunity to join either online or – for the first time since 2019 – face-to-face. This event has been organised by information management experts Open Text. K&L Gates are sponsoring and hosting the event which will consider…

Business Crime, Events, News 5 May, 2022

Oliver Powell joins panel discussion concerning Investigations and Enforcement Action in the Financial Services Sector

Oliver Powell was invited to sit on a panel discussion hosted by Brodies LLP which discussed the Financial Conduct Authority’s criminal investigatory and enforcement powers. Other panellists included: Paul Marshall, Partner Brodies LLP; James Millwards, Senior Associate Brodies LLP; and Lisa Kinroy, Associate Brodies LLP. The session was well attended by a large number of FCA-regulated professionals and businesses. The session examined: the FCA’s current enforcement priorities and strategy;the differences that apply as between Scotland and England;the conduct of an FCA investigation, including its powers to compel attendance at interview and the production of documents; andthe key protective steps financial services professionals and businesses can take in the event that they become the subject of enforcement action by the FCA.…

Business Crime, News 26 Nov, 2021

Crypto Fraud Event : Leveraging Civil and Criminal Strategies to Recover Crypto Assets

Chloë Bell and Jeremy Scott-Joynt will be speaking at Crypto Fraud: Leveraging Civil and Criminal Strategies to Recover Crypto Assets forum on 29 November 2021. Chloe Bell and Jeremy Scott-Joynt have been invited to be guest speakers at an international forum focusing on cryptocurrency fraud. The event will be held online from 4pm GMT on Monday, 29th November. The webinar will consider a number of the main issues relating to the rise in crypto-related fraud, including cryptocurrency theft, problems associated with decentralised finance (DeFi) and ransomware attacks. It will also examine the challenges involved in bringing either civil or criminal action in such circumstances. The event has been organised by information management experts Open Text, Outer Temple Chambers and the…

Business Crime Webinars, Business Crime, News, Webinars & Vlogs 24 Nov, 2021

Michael Bowes QC talks to RUSI

Michael Bowes QC talks to RUSI on the UK’s Economic Crime Enforcement Landscape

Michael Bowes QC was recently invited to speak as a ‘thought leader’ on economic crime for RUSI, a major UK think tank.  The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) is a major British defence and security think tank. They have launched an Economic Crime Plan Thought Leadership Series and in the fourth of this series, Michael argues that many of the right laws and structures are in place to enforce economic crime law, but that more needs to be done to put these into practice effectively. Michael’s thoughts on the UK’s Economic Crime Plan Michael recommended more investment in specialist resources, a refocus on swifter prosecutions, more effective use of civil asset recovery and greater use of…

Business Crime, Business Crime, News 5 Nov, 2021

Outer Temple Chambers & RPC launch Unspoken Giants podcast series

Outer Temple Chambers and RPC have launched the Unspoken Giants podcast series which, for the first time ever, brings together senior officials from nine of the largest IFIs together to provide a unique insight into how investigations are conducted and what legal and compliance teams can do to navigate the complex and individualised systems at each institution. The World Bank In this episode, Alex Haines joins Jamieson Smith, Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer at the World Bank and Alice Kemp, barrister at RPC, to discuss how this giant of international finance is fighting against the cancer of corruption in its mission to work in every major area of development. The Inter-American Development Bank In this episode, Alex Haines joins Juan Ronderos,…

Business Crime, News 27 Oct, 2021

Alex Haines & Sophie O’Sullivan instructed to act for senior international civil servant at the African Union Commission

Alex Haines and Sophie O’Sullivan have recently been instructed to act for a senior international civil servant at the African Union Commission (AUC) in relation to a number of ongoing matters, including disciplinary proceedings involving serious allegations of multi-million pound misappropriation of African Union (AU) funds and false accounting. Barristers in Outer Temple Chambers’ International Team are frequently instructed in cases involving international organisations whose disciplinary and regulatory frameworks are often little known about. International Organisations are established by treaty and possess their own international legal personalities. They also enjoy immunity from suit and – through the application of inter alia international human rights law – most have set up internal justice systems that deal with institutional matters. The African Union The AU is a…

Business Crime, News 22 Jun, 2021

OTC’s Business Crime and Regulation Team instructed in one of the first UK Sanctions Framework cases

Alex Haines and Sophie O’Sullivan have been instructed by a US-based law firm to represent an Eastern European engineering firm in relation to its sanctions designation under UK legislation and regulation. This is one of the first sanctions challenges to operate within the UK’s new and autonomous statutory framework. From 1st January 2021, the UK was no longer required to implement EU sanctions and the new UK sanctions legislation officially came into force under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAMLA). SAMLA provides the UK with a domestic statutory framework of powers, which enable it to continue to meet its international obligations under the UN Charter to implement UN sanctions law directly in the UK. Put simply, SAMLA fills…

Business Crime, News 21 Apr, 2021

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