Lawyers and the Proceeds of Crime: The Facilitation of Money Laundering and its Control, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Lawyers and the Proceeds of Crime

The Facilitation of Money Laundering and its Control, 1st Edition

By Katie Benson


232 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-04-23
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The role played by legal professionals in the laundering of criminal proceeds generated by others has become a priority concern for authorities at a national and international level. This ground-breaking book presents an in-depth empirical analysis of the nature of lawyers’ involvement in the facilitation of money laundering, and its control through criminal justice and regulatory mechanisms. It is based on qualitative research combining analysis of cases of lawyers convicted of money laundering offences with interviews with criminal justice practitioners, members of professional and regulatory bodies, and practising solicitors, and analysis of relevant national and international legislative and regulatory frameworks.

The book demonstrates the complex and diverse nature of lawyers’ involvement in laundering activity, and shows that their actions and the decisions they take must be understood in relation to the specific situational contexts in which they occur. It provides significant new insights into the criminal justice and regulatory response to professional facilitation of money laundering in the UK, raising questions about the effectiveness and appropriateness of the response and the challenges involved. The book develops a framework for future research and analysis in this area, and proposes a range of potential strategies for controlling the facilitation of money laundering

Lawyers and the Proceeds of Crime is essential reading for those researching money laundering, white-collar and organised crimes, and for practitioners and policy makers concerned with preventing the facilitation of money laundering.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction;

2. Money Laundering and the Anti-Money Laundering Regime;

3. Framing the Research: ‘Organised Crime’ or ‘White-Collar Crime’?;

4. The Nature of ‘Facilitation’: Diversity, Complexity and Context;

5. Opportunity and Vulnerability: Factors Influencing Lawyers’ Involvement in Money Laundering;

6. On the ‘Borders of Knowingness’: Understanding Complicity, Knowledge and Intent;

7. Knowledge and Suspicion in the Legislative Framework;

8. Criminal Justice and Regulatory Responses to the Facilitation of Money Laundering;

9. Understanding and Controlling the Facilitation of Money Laundering: A Research and Policy Agenda;

Appendix A: Convictions, disciplinary proceedings and sanctions;

About the Author

Dr Katie Benson is a Lecturer in Criminology at Lancaster University, where she teaches and researches in the fields of money laundering and organised, white-collar and financial crimes. Her current and recent research focuses on money laundering, anti-money laundering and the legal profession; (anti-)bribery and corruption in multinational businesses; the distribution of counterfeit alcohol; and the development of an alternative framework for the conceptualisation and analysis of money laundering. Dr Benson previously held roles within UK law enforcement and has worked with, or provided advisory/consultancy services to, various government bodies, law enforcement organisations, research institutions and investigations.

About the Series

The Law of Financial Crime

While a growing number of high profile financial crime cases have hit the headlines recently the topic of financial crime is also generating much attention amongst academics and practitioners. This series will be the first to be dedicated to the law of financial, or economic, crime and offers a platform for important and original research in this area.  

Books in the series will cover traditional subjects of financial crime including money laundering, terrorist financing, fraud, market abuse, insider dealing, market manipulation, tax evasion, bribery and corruption. But broader legal and regulatory issues will also be covered as well as emerging areas of concern such as the risks to stability of the financial system posed by financial crime. Emphasis will be placed on comparative approaches to the subject considering legislation across a number of jurisdictions as well as international regulations where appropriate, giving the series a truly global outlook. 

The titles in the series are primarily aimed at an audience of researchers, scholars and practitioners in the area but should also be of interest to policy makers, law enforcement agencies, financial regulatory agencies, as well as people employed within the financial services sector.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Accounting / Standards (GAAP, IFRS, etc.)
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Governance
LAW / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Ethics & Professional Responsibility
LAW / Legal Profession
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology