Practical steps for injunction applications: Tips for preparing and structuring an injunction application to maximise efficiency and likelihood of success plus tips to minimise risk in the long term. Read more
Proceeds of Crime and Confiscation legislation is designed to deprive offenders of ill-gotten gains. Where the legislation is silent on the issue of victims rights, victims may be able to seek equitable relief. Read more
The High Court granted special leave in Henderson v Queensland on 16 May 2014. If the appeal is successful it will amount to a significant erosion of the reverse onus (in relation to lawful origin) found in most Australian confiscation statutes. Read more
The High Court in Lee v The Queen has quashed convictions on the basis that compulsory confiscations examination transcripts were improperly shared with prosecutors. The Court unanimously held there had been a miscarriage of justice and has ordered a retrial. Read more
Are you prepared for the new AML/CTF compliance obligations? Click to read more. This is a useful summary of changes to the customer due diligence requirements of the AML/CTF Rules. The changes come into effect from 1 June 2014 however an implementation period applies until 1 January 2015.
The NSW Crime Commission disclosed transcript of Mr Lee’s compulsory examination to the Police and the Crown Prosecutor in his criminal trial. Mr Lee was convicted. The New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed his appeal against conviction. He appealed to the High Court and it is that decision which is now to be handed down on 21 May 2014. Read more
The High Court has upheld the validity of NT legislation that is substantially modelled upon the Criminal Property Confiscation Act 2000 (WA). The door appears closed on Chapter III / Kable challenges to the WA Act but other challenges may be open. Read more
In addition to civil penalties, failure to report a suspicious matter can also expose a reporting entity to a criminal prosecution for money laundering. Read more