UK Unexplained Wealth Orders: More Bark Than Bite So Far

Law360 (October 15, 2018, 2:13 PM EDT) -- The U.K. National Crime Agency has successfully resisted a challenge to the issue of its first unexplained wealth orders. The victory comes shortly after the agency announced its intention to expand the use of its powers, although it has some way to go to show that UWOs will be a meaningful tool in the U.K.’s anti-money laundering arsenal.

What Are UWOs?

UWOs are court orders that require individuals to account for wealth and assets that appear not to be commensurate with their declared income. They require specified persons to explain what interest they hold in specified property and how they came...

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