Fiona Jackson delivers Regional Mutual Legal Assistance workshop in Uzbekistan

Fiona Jackson was invited to Uzbekistan last week by the National Crime Agency and the British Embassy in Tashkent to deliver a three-day Regional Mutual Legal Assistance workshop as part of a team.  Delegates attended from prosecuting and police agencies in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.     

During the workshop, which was designed to increase knowledge and awareness of international legislative asset recovery frameworks and worldwide mutual legal assistance capabilities, Fiona spoke on The International Financial Landscape – Legal Frameworks, Non-Conviction Based Confiscation, and Drafting Mutual Legal Assistance Requests, including an overview of the new Unexplained Wealth Orders and the detail required in MLA requests.  Delegates were also taken through practical exercises to draft international MLA requests in criminal and civil asset recovery proceedings, and worked through a comprehensive immersive training exercise designed by AML Consulting Ltd to enable them to manage and process financial enquiries and MLA requests in a time-pressured environment.

If you would like to find out more, or instruct Fiona, please contact the Practice Directors.  

Andrew Mitchell QC Advises Mourant Ozannes in Successful Guernsey Litigation

A Mourant Ozannes team consisting of Guernsey litigation partner Christopher Edwards and associates Michaela Ryan and Rocco Cecere have had another significant success for their client Garnet Investments Limited ("Garnet"), by successfully quashing a decision of the Financial Intelligence Service (the "FIS") to refuse consent to a Guernsey bank to transfer funds held by Garnet.

Christopher Edwards expressed his gratitude for Andrew Mitchell QC's assistance:

"This was an important case both for Garnet and also for Guernsey generally, and it was wonderful to work with someone as steeped in the area as Andrew.  His years of experience, and calm, accessible manner, were of great benefit in navigating uncharted waters, and presenting our written arguments in a manner which the Judge found "illuminating."

This was a complex but extremely interesting case.

Mourant Ozanne have produced very helpful briefing note. Click here: to download it.