UK Unexplained Wealth Orders Are On The Rise

Law360 (September 4, 2019, 2:26 PM EDT) -- When they were first introduced in January 2018, unexplained wealth orders received acres of media coverage. Equally, they caught the public attention because of the extraordinary allegations of vast illicit wealth hidden behind the doors of some of Britain's most exclusive properties.

Labeled by the press as the “McMafia” law, UWOs were championed as a way of stemming the flood of “dirty money” coming into the U.K. The widespread belief that London and some of the wealthier suburbs around the country harbored hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals whose wealth was derived, at least in part, from criminal activities fed the...

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