In the past twenty years action in respect to the profits of crime has moved rapidly up the criminal justice agenda. Not only may confiscation orders be made, but there are also now serious substantive criminal offenses of laundering the proceeds of crime. Moreover, the consequences of the regulatory regimes put in place by the Money Laundering Regulations 1993 and the Financial Services Authority are very significant. This book examines critically the history, theory and practice of all these developments, culminating in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, which marks another step in the move towards greater concentration both on the financial aspects of crime and on the internationalization of criminal law. The Act puts in place the Assets Recovery Agency which will be central to the strategy of targeting criminal monies and will have power to bring forfeiture proceedings without a prior criminal conviction and to raise assessments for taxation.
...a captivating and insightful read for attorneys, law school students, and anyone interested in international law. Donald J. Rebovich International Criminal Justice Review Vol 16-3 Dec 2006 This book's impressive breadth, detailed analysis and questioning style are refreshing and are warmly welcomed. Rachel Barnes Cambridge Law Journal ...excellent introduction to money laundering and the elements of the money-centred approach...Alldridge's most important contribution however comes from his exposition of the confusion, contradictions and inconsistencies that emerge from the money-centred approach to crime control. M. Michelle Gallant, University of Manitoba Criminal Law Forum 2005 The book has the double virtue of being both an academic survey while also accessible and stimulating for the non-specialist. This is a timely liberal critique and human-rights audit of important developing and controversial law, the impact of which is certain to be far-reaching, and for many uncomfortable. Paul Marshall New Law Journal May 2003 ...useful analysis of the forfeiture and confiscation provisions and the controversial confiscation without conviction, the socalled civil recovery. Alldridge is always conscious of the human rights dimension and the juxtaposition of the sometimes draconian principles with human rights case law, gives this book a particular relevance. Jonathan Cooper Criminal Bar Association Newsletter July 2003