UK Account Freezing Orders Have Quietly Made An Impact

Law360 (February 7, 2020, 4:42 PM EST) -- Of all the new enforcement powers introduced by the Criminal Finances Act, there is one that has dominated media coverage.

Although unexplained wealth orders, or UWOs, have been used sparingly to challenge the source of funds used to purchase a dozen or so properties, they have attracted a lot of publicity.

But while UWOs have had the bulk of the coverage, it is another of the act's new measures — the account freezing order, or AFO — which is arguably making the greater impact on alleged beneficiaries of economic crime.

In September last year, the Home Office Criminal Finances Team published...

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