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James qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and became a Partner at Janes Solicitors in 2010. He has an impressive criminal practice which continues to expand, dealing with all aspects of fraud litigation and regulatory matters. James also has a burgeoning civil practice, including advising clients on major litigation surrounding breach of p...rivacy claims and a London Stock Exchange related matter. More

SANCTIONS UPDATE: Bad News Bears – Abramovich, Russia, the Economic Crime (transparency and Enforcement) Bill and the Implications for Iran and the renewed JCPOA talks

The Russian destruction and dismemberment of Ukraine’s sovereign territory and population has been rightly met with public outcry and the call for stern and wide-ranging action against the Putin regime. The predicted government response has been to ratchet up Russian sanctions and since the invasion on 24th February there have been six separate treasury notices designating a wide-range of individuals and corporations associated with the Putin regime - culminating yesterday in Roman Abramaovich and Oleg Deripaska joining other oligarch luminaries such as Alisher Usmanov. The notices also encompass wide-ranging measures against Russian industries in shipping, aviation and banking sectors.No doubt more sanctions are to come and perhaps in anticipation of this and the need to enforce them, the government has sped through the Economic Crime Bill that had been first introduced in 2018 in light of criticisms over the effectiveness of the measures imposed in the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAML). Currently the bill is on its 3rd reading in the Lords and Royal Assent is imminent.The bill focuses on 3 main areas: registration of the true beneficial ownership of property, measures to bolster and supplement Unexplained Wealth Orders in light of previous government setbacks on failed applications and a streamlining of the sanctions regime currently in place.With regard to the UWO’s the key takeaways are:- For property that has been held via offshore or trust structures, once the Bill is enacted, UWOs can be issued to any of a corporate respondent’s ‘responsible officers’, including its directors, board members, managers and trustees.- The Bill proposes limiting the costs that enforcement authorities are required to pay as a result of a failed UWO application. As with Asset Freezing Orders under the POCA regime in order for a successful respondent to obtain a costs order against the applicant authorities they must demonstrate unreasonable, dishonest or improper behaviour.- The authorities are given much longer to investigate material received in response to an unexplained wealth order before discharging the interim freezing order over the assets in question (from 60 to 186 days).

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Defending Private Prosecutions & Costs

As a result of a combination of financial restraints and over-demand on the public purse, in recent years there is a marked trend and heightened consciousness towards private prosecutions being brought by members of the public. 

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Iran Sanctions Update. The Post-Brexit Future Begins To Take Shape

This article examines the changes to be enacted by the The Iran (Sanctions)(Human Rights)(EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (“the Regulations”)  to the UK’s existing sanctions regime and assesses the impact on those in the UK engaged  in trade with Iran in light of recent developments in the Gulf of Tormuz and the current course of the Brexit process.

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STATEMENT BY JANES SOLICITORS ON BEHALF OF ANNA SHAPIRO

There has been some media speculation that our client may have participated in an elaborate hoax as regards her fear of her husband’s poisoning at Prezzo Restaurant on Sunday 16th September and its possible cause. 

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Trump & Iran Sanctions

IS THE UNILATERAL WITHDRAWAL OF THE USA FROM THE JOINT AGREEMENT OVER IRAN A CASE OF THE BARK BEING WORSE THAN THE BITE?

Commentary by James Mullion

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