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Criminal Finances Act 2017

A Guide to the New Law
Hugo Daniel Lodge
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Criminal Finances Act 2017 is a legislation guide which explains how the Criminal Finances Act (which amends the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002) affects your clients' businesses, how your firm can advise on it, as well as the effects it has on your own firm.

Composed of two parts: part one includes expert commentary on the Act and breaking it down point-by-point; and part two reproduces the full text of the Criminal Finances Act. This essential guide will help your firm:

  • avoid corporate failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion
  • advise your clients on statutory defences
  • advise your clients on the new unexplained wealth orders
  • understand how the Act amends the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the Money Laundering regulations 2007, in particular the duties of solicitors to submit suspicious activity reports.


This concise guide to the Criminal Finances Act 2017 will be a valuable asset to those advising people who fall under suspicion of committing the newly created offences of failing to prevent facilitation of tax evasion, introduced as a result of the notorious Panama Papers.'

Adrian Lower, District Judge


1. Background and overview of the Criminal Finances Act 2017  2. New offence: failing to prevent the facilitation of UK tax evasion  3. Foreign tax evasion  4. Defences  5. Penalties and sentencing for corporate offenders  6. Unexplained wealth orders and politically exposed persons  7. Suspicious activity reports, disclosure and information sharing  8. The POCA regime overhauled  9. Counter-terrorism  Appendix 1: The Criminal Finances Act 2017  Appendix 2: Tackling tax evasion; Government guidance for the corporate offence of failure to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion (extracts)  Appendix 3: Criminal Finances Act ? Explanatory notes (extracts)  Appendix 4: Further reading. 

About the Author

Hugo Daniel Lodge is a barrister who works at the cutting edge of white collar and corporate crime and is experienced in defending high profile corporate clients from prosecution and investigation. Hugo is lead associate in financial crime at the FCA.

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August 2017


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272 Pages