Category Archives: AML

Podcasting off

I am a creature of the written word: there is nothing I like better than reading, unless it’s writing.  I can spell almost anything (although I always have to think carefully about fuchsia – until I remember that it’s from … Continue reading

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Copyright or copy wrong?

As an author, I am rather keen on the concept of copyright – the noun first being used in, we are told, 1729 to mean “the exclusive right to make and sell copies of an intellectual production”.  But I will … Continue reading

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Dutch courage

One of the dearest ambitions of my little AML-ish heart has been to participate in a think-tank or colloquium or workshop or similar learned gathering, with the aim of influencing AML strategy.  I want to take part not for the … Continue reading

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The stink of money laundering

Have you ever fibbed slightly about what you do for a living (that you work in AML) in order to avoid yet another tedious story about someone’s grandma who was with her bank for 312 years and STILL had to … Continue reading

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An officer and a target

I’m very familiar with the work of Money Laundering Reporting Officers, Money Laundering Compliance Officers, general compliance officers and police officers.  But I had never heard of Section 151 officers until a money laundering story of relevance to them popped … Continue reading

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From little acorns

Apologies for the confusion at the start of my blog post on 4 September: I was not back at all, but actually watching elephants swimming in Botswana.  I wrote a couple of posts in advance, to cover my absence, and … Continue reading

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Family values

As I hope is clear from this blog, I work with clients from all over the regulated sector – although I will admit that I have very few law firms (because lawyers like to be trained by other lawyers) and … Continue reading

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A case in point

I’m ba-ack!  So let’s leap straight in with a complaint.  As every MLRO knows, nothing enlivens an AML training session like a story – known officially as a case study.  At the moment, staff are lapping up details of “the £16 … Continue reading

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Words speaking louder than actions

Now I know it’s important to Think Big – to have goals and targets and ambition.  But you can take it too far.  And I rather think that in their recent “Economic Crime Plan 2019-2022” the joint forces of HMG … Continue reading

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So near and yet so far

At the end of June 2019, the UK’s Gambling Commission – one of our five-star AML regulators, getting top marks from users for both approachability and communication – published its 2018 money laundering and terrorist financing risk assessment.  This examines … Continue reading

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