We offer specialist advice to clients who are facing money-laundering charges or subject to restraint orders. Legal aid is normally available for these types of allegations.
Money laundering is an important issue for those working in the financial sector, professional people such as solicitors and accountants, and some private individuals.
- Professionals working within the regulated financial sector are required to make enquiries as to the identity of their client and the nature of the transactions.
- Professionals such as solicitors and accountants are required to inform the National Intelligence Service if they know or suspect that money laundering is taking place. If they fail to do so they can face the prospect of a criminal conviction and a prison sentence. It is an offence for a professional to tip off a client that such a disclosure has been made to the authorities.
- Private individuals arrested for criminal offences can also face money laundering charges if they are suspected to have gained financially through criminal activity.
People charged with money laundering offences are often made the subject of a restraint order early in an investigation. Obtaining the correct advice at this stage is important as there is often a requirement to disclose financial details to the prosecution. There is also often a duty to ensure that any moveable assets held outside the UK are rapidly brought within UK jurisdiction.
- We are recognised as one of the leading criminal solicitors in the UK, with an international reputation. The team is highly rated by lawyers' directory The Legal 500, and Jae Cawardine is recognised as a leader in her field.
- We are one of the few firms recognised by the Legal Services Commission to undertake cases involving serious fraud, large-scale or serious crime, money laundering, terrorism and other high-profile cases.
- We have Legal Services Commission franchises enabling us to undertake most areas of work for publicly-funded clients