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FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES – THEIR USE IN CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PROCEEDINGS

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In an article for Money Laundering Bulletin which has just been published, our portal editor,  Jonathan Fisher QC, warns that suspicious activity reports must be filed in confidence but the risk that this might not survive litigation is all too real.

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As suspicious activity reports (SARs) made under Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 continue to become an integral part of the criminal enforcement landscape, the chances of a court ordering disclosure of a SAR in the course of criminal or civil proceedings has correspondingly increased. Articulating the enhanced risk of the emergence of a SAR into the public domain is not to be alarmist. Rather, it is a reflection of the reality which inevitably follows when the law enforcement authorities use the information contained in a SAR as a platform for enforcement action.

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To read the briefing paper, click here.

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