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Bright Line Law News

Latest news & updates from Bright Line Law.
This portal provides busy practitioners with short commentaries on significant developments in the field of white collar crime. The commentaries are franked by their topicality and practical insight, with an emphasis on implications not always visible at first glance.

Australia’s Role in the Fight Against International Bribery and Corruption

Speed read: Anita Clifford examines Australia’s anti-bribery law reform proposals in the context of obligations under international law and the UK’s ‘failure to prevent’ bribery model which has been in force since 2011. Close to twenty years after the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials entered...
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Property Professionals & Unusual Money Laundering Cases

Speed read: Jonathan Fisher QC discusses the circumstances of six unusual money laundering cases arising in the context of estate agents and the UK property market. Jonathan Fisher QC As pressure from regulators and law enforcement intensifies, and property professionals develop their risk assessments, the need for greater publicly...
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Looking Ahead to 5MLD

Speed Read: What is in store following the recent adoption of the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive by the Council of the European Union? This piece focusses on the proposals under 5MLD and their impact on the UK’s anti-money laundering and terrorist financing framework. Less than a year since the...
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Legal Privilege, Reporting Suspicions, and Retainer Letters

Speed read : In this piece, Jonathan Fisher QC discusses the engagement between legal professional privilege and the obligation to report suspicious conduct under Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He suggests that greater attention should be paid to the wording of the client retainer letter....
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UWOs and the steady expansion of extra-territorial jurisdiction over financial crime

Speed Read: Vanessa Reid examines the ever-expanding jurisdiction of UK criminal courts over extra-territorial conduct, persons, and property. As has been widely noted, the newly enforceable Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs)—created by the Criminal Finances Act 2017—have an aggressively extra-territorial reach. They apply to persons and property located anywhere in...
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