Tag Archives: writing

E for effort

Here I am, back from my holiday, refreshed and raring to go.  I will admit that I was feeling rather jaded before my break, and wondering whether AML – or more specifically, AML and I – had run its course.  … Continue reading

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Turn and face the strange

I am in reflective mood.  Over a recent wet weekend my husband and I tidied out our loft.  (I know: not for us a glamorous mini-break in San Tropez.)  And amongst the usual broken suitcases, comically out-of-date clothes and half … Continue reading

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Writing a wrong

Last week I wrote a blog post about French gangster Jacques Cassandri, who is currently on trial for laundering the proceeds of a bank robbery that he claimed,in a book he wrote, to have masterminded.  And this has started me … Continue reading

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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

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One size fits all?

Recently I was having a chat with a group of “practitioner accountants” – those who run (often quite small) accountancy firms, rather than working as accountants within industry.  We were talking, as you do (well, you do if you’re me) … Continue reading

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Handing over the report card

A couple of weeks ago a rather intriguing story hit the press, revealing that HSBC is trying to stop publication of a report on its AML effectiveness.  When the bank was hauled over the coals by the US authorities in … Continue reading

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Living high on the hog

I don’t usually post anything at the weekend, but this is just too exciting to wait – and anyway, it might all have changed by Monday.  Today my laptop went into something of a meltdown with its bookmarks, so I … Continue reading

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Ponzi schemes and powder tax

I went to a birthday party recently, and when I mentioned to a group of people that, as well as AML-ing, I also write historical fiction about financial crime (if this is a surprise to you, you can dash over … Continue reading

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The piggy popularity poll

As we approach the end of the year, I always take the time to review my year – specifically, which of my projects and initiatives have worked, and which have not.  This year, for instance, my workshops for experienced MLROs … Continue reading

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A novel about historical money laundering – mine!

My novel, that is – not my laundering.  I don’t normally do this, as I like to reserve this blog for serious matters ML and AML (apart from next Tuesday, when I think I’ll write about dogs), but I feel … Continue reading

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