Reaching the Unreachable: Attacking the Assets of Serious and Organised Criminality in the UK in the Absence of a Conviction

This article by journalist Helena Wood examines the statutory basis for non-conviction-based (“civil”) forfeiture in the UK, the history of the attempts to implement those provisions, their successes and failures, and the lessons to be learned from other common law countries with more robust civil forfeiture systems, including the US, Ireland and South Africa.  It includes a list of recommendations for future implementation.

Helena Wood is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET, United Kingdom

Reaching the Unreachable