Tag Archives: corruption

The smile on the crocodile

As regular readers will know, last month I spent two weeks in Botswana, on safari.  We saw all the usual amazing beasts (elephants using their trunks as snorkels!), but perhaps the most alarming were the crocodiles – enormous, prehistoric 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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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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Exceeding slow

You remember the summer of ’98.  The European Central Bank was founded in Brussels, Pete Sampras won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, “Sex and the City” premiered on the telly – and Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha died at the … Continue reading

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Los Pinos of Sherwood Forest

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen – I bet you’re all humming now.  And even though historians have suggested that our Robin was not quite the champion of the poor we choose to believe, the legend persists – … 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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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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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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Adding some blacking to the UK pot

Any crime that generates money can lead to money laundering, but one of the biggies – and one of the most worrying for governments, with its reputational implications – is corruption.  We tend of think of high-level, regime-toppling corruption (naming … Continue reading

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The award no-one wants

As you know, we are deep in awards season.  (Is anyone else baffled by the all-conquering success of “The Favourite”?  I like Olivia Colman as much as anyone, and the film is certainly entertaining and lovely to look at, but … Continue reading

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