Category Archives: Legislation

A state of grace

Someone asked me recently about grace.  Not the spiritual kind, or indeed the physical – if there is a loose paving stone within a hundred yards, I will trip over it.  No, what they were concerned about is the period … Continue reading

Posted in AML, Legislation, Money laundering | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

More haste, less progress

I’m one of those annoying people who take deadlines really, really seriously.  Last year I accidentally prepared two tax returns because I did the first one so far in advance of the deadline that I clean forgot that I had … Continue reading

Posted in Legislation, Money laundering | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hold your Criminal Finance horses

Well, it’s here: the Criminal Finances Act 2017 has received Royal Assent.  And it has been quite an education in legislative procedure for me at least.  For instance, did you know that the progress of a Bill (before an Act … Continue reading

Posted in Bribery and corruption, Legislation, Money laundering | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

PEP promises

My short AML survey is still live (until 31 March 2017) so please do have a go if you haven’t yet: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VM62T6K A few days ago I mentioned that I have responded to a consultation on draft new money laundering regulations … Continue reading

Posted in AML, Legislation, Money laundering | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The magical disappearing regulations

My short AML survey is still live (until 31 March 2017) so please do have a go if you haven’t yet: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VM62T6K Oooo, you know how a love a good consultation, and this week I’ve been enjoying one close to home: … Continue reading

Posted in AML, Legislation, Money laundering | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Don’t do as I do

It will not surprise you to learn that I am no fan of Donald Trump; I think he is ill-informed, unprepared, tactless, uncontrolled and just plain nasty – and that’s on a good day.  But there’s not much I can … Continue reading

Posted in AML, Legislation, Money laundering | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When legislation lets you down

For a couple of years I have been tracking the fortunes of “Les W”.  The Wildensteins are one of the highest-profile families in France; Wildenstein & Co was one of the most successful and influential art dealerships of the last … Continue reading

Posted in Legislation, Money laundering, Tax, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moving the goalposts

I’m as fond of AML measures as the next person.  Actually, that’s a fib: I’m probably a thousand times fonder of AML measures than the next person.  But more than two decades of AML endeavours have taught me one important … Continue reading

Posted in AML, Legislation, Money laundering, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Please hold – for six months

The Criminal Finances Bill is out, described in the Home Office press release as “legislation to tackle money laundering and corruption, recover the proceeds of crime and counter terrorist financing”.  When it was at the consultation stage, I responded – … Continue reading

Posted in AML, Legislation, Money laundering | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

All about prepositions

On 11 September 2016 (following industry consultation that said that current CDD requirements are too burdensome), the Australian Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules Amendment Instrument 2016 (No. 1) came into force, amending Chapter 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering and … Continue reading

Posted in AML, Legislation, Money laundering | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments