Ilford firm Edwards Duthie advises Gaddafi regime on UK asset freezing

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  • Watch out now, the big guns are out!

    Look at all the accreditations they've got!

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  • Must have been fun to get through compliance.

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  • Based on the news over the weekend, I can only hope they secured payment on account.

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  • Hope they took payment on account. I think it may take more than High Court enforcement to get paid on this one given that half of Libya has just started repossession proceedings against their client. Nice PR too!!!!!!!

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  • All I can say is, 'only in Ilford!'

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  • Shouldn't the SRA investigate in order to conclude how the AML regulations were followed?

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  • Just because the client is dodgy (to put it very mildly) doesn't mean the AML regulations are likely to be an issue.
    We can all take a view on the morality of the situation, but there is nothing surprising in itself that somebody who has had assets frozen and property confiscated might seek to instruct lawyers. Nor is there any indication of a suspicious movement of funds or misuse of the client account.
    In short, just because the client is, in all probability, a money launderer alongside numerous other offences, doesn't mean AML regs are an issue if the engagement itself isn't effectively a front for money laundering.

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  • Well said Sir! There are exemptions built into POCA which cover such litigation. Otherwise no person accused of a crime would ever be able to instruct and pay their lawyers.
    I would have thought obtaining instructions may prove more of a practical problem.....

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  • Also the fact that he is a household name and there is sufficient evidence publicly available to verify his identity

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  • Anonymous @ 11.40am: great point! If not, I'm sure Muammar will be able to provide copy gas and electric bills and a bank statement when next passing through the London borough of Redbridge.

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