Tag Archives: due diligence

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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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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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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Cleaning house

Last week I attended an event at the elegant Whitehall premises of RUSI at which they launched “No Rest for the Wicked”, their report into what the UK’s next steps should be, now that we have (to quote the modest … Continue reading

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Money launder-gig

I’m always surprised – although I try not to show it – when people ask me how money laundering actually works, as there is an almost infinite number of ways in which criminals can move their money around.  Invent a … Continue reading

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The Brexit bonanza for baddies

You have probably guessed from recent tear-stained posts that I am not a fan of Brexit.  Having lived an international life surrounded – very happily – by people from all over the world, I rear up at the thought of … 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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