Category Archives: AML

Launderer seeks splendour without diminishment

It cannot have escaped your notice that Canada is in a lather about its real estate sector being used for money laundering.  Stories are appearing seemingly every day about some new scheme or other that has been uncovered, thanks in … Continue reading

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Inside the tent but still p***ing in

In my guise as a magistrate I have become familiar with a thrilling document called the “Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines”.  It’s an entirely public, well, publication, as justice is meant to be transparent and accessible to all.  And if you … Continue reading

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Asking for trouble

When Brexit is simply too, too depressing, I remind myself that in my own little world at least nothing much is changing.  Cambridge – where I live – is as cosmopolitan and outward-looking as ever, and the Fifth Money Laundering … Continue reading

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Something good written by Committee

As you are surely aware, the UK is currently convulsed (almost to the point of turning itself inside out) by a frenzy of self-analysis.  And AML has not escaped the mood of introspection: on 8 March 2019, the House of … Continue reading

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Best foot forward

In recent weeks I have worked in Guernsey and Jersey and I am rather fond of both places – not least because they have rather strict AML regimes, and you know how I feel about taking AML jolly seriously.  Despite … Continue reading

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Too much of a bad thing

Please may I distract you from the festering plague sore that is Brexit by drawing your attention instead to something we Brits do rather well, which is AML supervision.  In fact we’re so good at this that we have dozens … Continue reading

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Cash and coffee

Last week I wrote about the growing (or at least, continuing) popularity of cash in Switzerland, so this week I am looking at the other end of the spectrum.  I recently spent a long weekend in Copenhagen and while I … Continue reading

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Purple, portable and prized

Cash is an odd thing: like the Cheshire Cat in Wonderland, it periodically disappears and then once again reappears.  In my next blog post I will talk about disappearing cash but this week I want to tell you about Switzerland, … Continue reading

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Cut on the bias

We’re all biased – there’s no getting away from it.  My own particular unfair bias is against taxi drivers; as a cyclist I have been sworn at, side-swiped and (once) squeezed with my bike against the back of a lorry … Continue reading

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The plain un-SAR-nished truth

Remember when Hugh Grant was PM in “Love Actually” and he found out that his tea-lady’s ex-boyfriend had been nasty to her and offered to have the scoundrel assassinated by the “absolutely charming” SAS?  “Ruthless trained killers are just a … Continue reading

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