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Partner Hannah Laming discusses Account Freezing and Forfeiture Orders in the Wealth Briefing

Should UK law enforcement authorities suspect that money is derived from, or will be used for, criminal activities, they have a potentially devastating tool at their disposal : Account Freezing and Forfeiture Orders (“AFFOs”). Whilst AFFOs have received far less media attention than Unexplained Wealth Orders (“UWOs”), they are a serious cause for concern. Only two UWOs have been granted in the UK to date, and yet there has been a significant surge in AFFOs in recent years. Comparatively easy to obtain and hard to discharge, AFFO’s pose a very real threat to individuals with liquid assets held in the UK. Read more