Offences involving allegations of money laundering fall within the Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002 and are designed to criminalise not only those who take steps to clean or ‘launder’ the proceeds of their own crimes but also those who assist criminals to do so, either by in some way facilitating this laundering process, or by acquiring, using or simply possessing property derived from criminal activity. Such cases can range from the straightforward to the extremely complex. In times of strict regulation of various industry sectors, it can be all too easy for even the most prudent of professionals or businesses to inadvertently find themselves in breach of money laundering rules, and if that is the case, you need to have the assurance of specialist legal help and support.
These cases require particular skills and resources in an advocate. Larger, more complex cases can take years to investigate, and can involve many witnesses and documentary evidence, often of an accounting nature, running to many thousands of pages. You need a lawyer to be capable of digesting large volumes of detailed material while at the same time focussing on the principal issues in the case and how best to meet them. Effective representation depends on first class preparation as well as the tactical skills and understanding that only come from experience. We have a number of senior advocates at Reeds with considerable expertise in such matters, who are well qualified to defend individuals facing investigation or prosecution for a money laundering offence in this often highly specialised area.
Confiscation proceedings can flow from conviction for a money laundering offence, but also from a variety of other offences; commonly fraud or associated financial crime, and drugs offences such as possession with intent to supply or importation. At Reeds, we adopt a client-centred approach and believe that the importance of ensuring that you are fully advised about these hugely important issues from the very outset, cannot be underestimated. Depending on the circumstances of a particular case, confiscation can have a dramatic effect not just on an individual’s assets, but also those of family members, which can be even harder to bear. The law is intended to be draconian in its effect but our team has the skills and experience to help you to achieve a just and reasonable outcome.
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We believe that our structure at Reeds combines the best practices and features of the independent bar, with the support structure of an established law firm. Where appropriate, it enables us to truly meet the demands of these cases by pooling abilities from our corporate crime solicitors at Reeds Solicitors, and our highly talented advocates in our integrated Chambers. In some particularly serious or complex cases you can also instruct our solicitor colleagues; experts in litigating these cases, to build a dedicated and bespoke team of talented lawyers to defend you. For more information, click here.
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