Money Laundering Task Force

The role of the Money Laundering Task Force is to advise on all matters relating to anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions including:

  • guidance to solicitors about their professional and legal duties
  • the approach that the Society should take in responding to proposals for legislative change and in promoting changes to legislation
  • the appropriate response to AML and sanctions related consultations.

In carrying out these functions, the Task Force is guided by:  

  • the application of the rule of law
  • the principles of proportionality and necessity in good law-making
  • the public interest in securing effective AML and sanctions regimes.

Who to contact

Committee secretary: Sultana Akther
Policy adviser: Helena Mumdzjana

Members

Amasis Saba (Chair)

Amasis Saba

Amasis Saba is the deputy head of business acceptance and deputy MLRO at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (BCLP) and a senior member of the firm’s Office of the General Counsel Management Team.  

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Amasis manages the team responsible for conflict checking, client risk assessments, due diligence and file opening. Amasis has been instrumental in enhancing many of the firm's compliance policies and procedures drawing on his previous knowledge and experience as a compliance professional with a range of financial services organisations including Blue Chip firms and higher risk internet financial services providers. 

In 2012 Amasis was appointed to the Law Society’s Money Laundering Task Force and became chair of the Task Force in the Autumn of 2018. Amasis has represented the Task Force on government working groups including the National Risk Assessment and PSC Register Guidance Group. In early 2018 Amasis also became chair of the Institute of Money Laundering Prevention Officers (IMLPO). 

Amy Bell

Amy Bell

Amy is the director of Teal Compliance and specialises in helping firms adapt to the changing legal landscape.  

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As the chair of the Money Laundering Task Force 2015-2018, she regularly represents the solicitor profession at Government and in Europe. Amy has 12 years’ experience in working with law firms. Through consultancy with partners and training, she provides support for everyone in a firm to understand compliance and how to apply risk management principles to improve client service and deliver efficiency. Amy was appointed to the Task Force in 2010. In addition to her work on AML, she is the author of the Law Society's Anti-Bribery Toolkit. 

Clifford Morris

Clifford Morris

Cliff is a partner in Paris Smith's Dispute Resolution department, where he has worked since qualifying as a solicitor.

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Cliff's main areas of work are primarily in the regulatory sector representing both companies and individuals in business related Criminal Law, including White Collar Crime. Cliff is the assistant MLRO for Paris Smith which he has been since 2007. He has been a member of the Money Laundering Task Force since 2013. 

Fiona Fleming

Fiona Fleming

Fiona is a notary public, English solicitor, Guernsey advocate (non-practising) and associate member and chartered governance professional of ICSA.

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Fiona joined the Money Laundering Task Force in 2014. Along with membership of the task force, she sits on the Law Society’s International Committee.

Fiona is the legal practice compliance manager for Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she works closely with the money laundering reporting officers and general counsel.  

 

Guy Wilkes

Guy Wilkes

Guy is a partner at Mishcon de Reya advising on regulatory compliance, investigations and enforcement.  

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Prior to returning to private practice in 2016, Guy headed an enforcement department within the Financial Conduct Authority where he led a number of investigations into financial services firms’ systems and controls particularly in relation to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing. At the FCA, Guy's responsibilities included contributing to and developing AML enforcement strategy through chairing the FCA’s cross-divisional AML working group. 

Guy joined the Money Laundering Task Force in 2017. 

Jason Hungerford

Jason Hungerford

Jason Hungerford is a US and UK-qualified investigations and regulatory partner based in Mayer Brown's London office. 

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Previously based in Washington DC, Jason advises corporates and financial institutions on economic sanctions and export controls, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering in the context of investigations, complex transactions and compliance programme development and testing. 

Jason advises corporates across a range of sectors, in particular aerospace and defence, oil and gas, mining, shipping, transportation, engineering and heavy machinery, and FMCG. Jason also works closely with a range of financial institutions, insurers and brokers. Jason's investigations and compliance work has included mandates in China, Southeast Asia, Russia, Brazil, the United States, the Middle East, the Nordic region and throughout Europe. 

Jason specialises in US and EU economic sanctions; US, UK and EU dual-use and military end-use trade controls; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act; the UK Proceeds of Crime Act, and the UK Modern Slavery Act. In the course of his practice, Jason represents clients in related enforcement, licensing and interpretive matters before OFAC, HM Treasury OFSI, HM Revenue & Customs, the UK Export Control Joint Unit, the US State Department and the US Commerce Department. 

Jason became joined the Money Laundering Task Force in April 2018. 

Jo Riddick

Jo Riddick

Jo is a solicitor, admitted in 1987. Her fee earning background includes roles with Norton Rose, as group counsel for a Dubai based, development capital house, and as a corporate partner in private practice.

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Jo moved into risk and compliance in 2003. Her current role, as General Counsel, MLRO and COLP at Macfarlanes LLP, a leading international City firm, embraces client matter inception (and associated conflicts and client due diligence management); cyber security and data protection (in liaison with the firm's Director of IT); filing of any NCA reports; complaints handling and management of professional indemnity insurance, claims and renewals.

Jo was admitted to the Money Laundering Task Force in 2013. She is also a member of the CLLS's Professional Rules and Regulations Committee.

Marcus Thompson

Marcus Thompson

Marcus is a partner in the Government and Internal Investigations Group in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

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He assists clients with a variety of business-related criminal matters such as anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption, international sanctions and corporate investigations. He has significant experience advising companies on the design and implementation of compliance programs and has worked on such programs in many countries around the world. Previously, Marcus was a barrister in independent practice where his work focused on prosecuting and defending in the criminal courts. After leaving private practice, he served as the legal adviser on financial and international crime at the Serious Organised Crime Agency (now the National Crime Agency) in London. Marcus has also worked in the Cayman Islands and served as the general counsel and chief compliance officer at Walkers, a leading offshore law firm. Most recently, Marcus was a partner at Ropes & Gray in London.

Marcus joined the Task Force in 2014.

Michael Levi

Michael has degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton and Cardiff Universities and has been Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University since 1991.

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Michael has been conducting international research on the control of fraud and organised crime, corruption and money laundering/ financing of terrorism since 1972, and has conducted a large range of studies on these for the private and public sectors, publishing widely on these subjects as well as editing major journals. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC), and the Sellin-Glueck award of the American Society of Criminology in 2014.

He has recently collaborated with the IMF on the process of country money laundering evaluation, and is currently engaged in research on the money trails of organised crime; how online technologies are transforming transnational organised crime; cybercrime business models and database development; domestic bribery; and the detection and prevention of Mass-Marketing Fraud. Michael joined the Task Force in early 2019.

Michael Potts

Michael Potts

Michael is senior partner at Byrne and Partners LLP. He specializes in the defence of financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. 

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He has acted in numerous high profile investigations and prosecutions brought against individuals by the SFO, FCA, Fraud Prosecution Service, and other regulatory bodies and prosecution agencies. He regularly advises in international cases that involve US and European prosecutors/regulators and the overlap between jurisdictions. Michael also advises both companies and professional firms on their anti - money laundering compliance. Michael is a solicitor-advocate (Higher Courts Criminal and Civil Proceedings).

Michael joined the Money Laundering Task Force in 2010.

Nicola Kirby

Nicola Kirby

Nicola is a compliance and ethics attorney in the General Counsel's office of Latham & Watkins. 

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Nicola is a solicitor and provides support primarily to the London office with respect to interpreting rules of ethics and professional conduct, anti-money laundering issues, identifying and resolving conflicts of interest, and other compliance-related issues. Previously, Nicola has worked at the Solicitors Regulation Authority, as a conflicts lawyer at an international city law firm and most recently as Money Laundering Reporting Officer at a top 200 UK firm. Prior to her career in compliance, Nicola was in private practice for eleven years. Nicola joined the Money Laundering Task Force in 2015 and has since then used her experience to help the Law Society draft guidance and respond to government consultations on anti-money laundering issues.

Richard Carter

Richard Carter

Richard went to Nottingham University and completed his law degree in 1988. He qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and shortly after joined his present Firm, Martin Tolhurst Solicitors. 

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Richard became a partner in 1994, and was promoted to Head of Property in 1997. In 2005 Richard became managing partner. His casework throughout his legal career has mainly been residential property. He joined the Law Society’s Money laundering Task Force in 2017. Richard’s input to the Task Force to date has been in his specialist the area of conveyancing – helping the committee get to grips with the recent judgement in the Dreamvar appeal and with aspects of residential property fraud. 

Roger Matthews

Roger Matthews

Roger Matthews is a partner in the international trade and sanctions team at Dentons UK & Middle East LLP.

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He joined the Money Laundering Task Force in April 2018.  Roger advises on international trade regulation and on financial crime compliance (including money laundering, bribery and corruption), and on EU law.  He has a particular expertise in sanctions and export controls.  He advises clients across a wide range of sectors and advises on all aspects, including developing the full range of compliance policies, engaging with regulators, advising on contractual/corporate implications and investigating potential breaches.

Prior to joining Dentons, Roger worked in the international trade practice of another global law firm. He also served as a sanctions expert at the European Commission, and at HM Treasury and the Bank of England.

Ross Dixon

Ross Dixon

Ross is a partner at Hickman & Rose with over 25 years of experience as a criminal litigator. 

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Ross joined the Money Laundering Task Force in 2012. He has a particular interest in financial crime and money laundering issues. He has contributed to Law Society guidance on these matters, including the Anti-Money Laundering and Responding to a Financial Crime Investigation Practice Notes. He regularly speaks on AML and financial crime issues. 

His white collar fraud and corporate crime practice covers a wide range of cases and he often represents individuals in the most serious SFO matters. He advises companies on a broad range of crime and corporate crime issues and has considerable experience of cases with parallel investigations in the UK and overseas. Ross has a wealth of experience representing professionals, business people and their families in police investigations and proceedings before the Magistrates' and Crown Court, as well as in concurrent regulatory investigations by professional bodies such as the FCA, SRA and the FRC.

Sarah Kebbell

Sarah Kebbell

Sarah is a lecturer in law at the University of Sheffield. Sarah's empirical research focuses on anti-money laundering, and in particular the compliance issues faced by large commercial law firms when operating within the UK AML regime.

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Sarah has published a number of articles in this area, and is publishing her research in book form in 2020 with Routledge. Prior to joining the Task Force in early 2019, she was an active contributor to the Law Commission consultation on SARs reform.

Sarah studied at Cambridge University and the University of Law before entering practice as a corporate banking lawyer in London and the North West with Addleshaw Goddard, DWF and DLA Piper. Her practice encompassed all aspects of transactional cross-jurisdictional work, with a particular focus on PFI projects whilst at DLA. At Sheffield she lectures across a range of commercial modules, including money laundering, at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Satnam Tumani

Satnam Tumani

Satnam Tumani is a partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. 

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His practice focuses on a range of white collar, corporate crime and contentious regulatory matters. He has represented numerous clients with regard to internal and external investigations in both the UK and US. He has represented clients before the SFO, FCA, HMRC, ICO, the Home Office and the NCA as well as numerous international agencies including in the US (DOJ & SEC) and Australia (AFP and ASIC). Satnam is a member of the Law Society’s Money Laundering Taskforce and the City of London Law Society’s Corporate Crime & Corruption committee. He sits on the corporate crime editorial board for Thomson Reuters and is contributor to “Fraud - Criminal Law & Procedure” & “Millington & Sutherland Williams - The Proceeds of Crime” both published by Oxford University Press. Prior to joining Kirkland, Satnam had more than 17 years of experience at the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), where he served as the head of the Bribery & Corruption, Sanctions, Investment Fraud, LIBOR & International Assistance divisions. In that capacity, he supervised over half of the SFO’s operational caseload.

Satnam joined the Money Laundering Task Force in 2013.

Susannah Cogman

Susannah Cogman

Susannah is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. She specialises in financial crime and related regulatory work. 

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She advises corporates, financial institutions and professional services firms in connection with anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, sanctions, and fraud compliance and investigations matters. Susannah has been ranked in band one for corporate crime in Chambers UK 2013 to 2018. Legal 500 2016 to 2018 rank her as a leading individual for corporate crime, and global investigations review named her in their list of "40 Under 40 – the world's leading investigations specialists" in April 2014.  She was appointed as one of the UK's first anti-corruption monitors for the purposes of a company's settlement with the World Bank and Serious Fraud Office. Susannah has considerable experience of conducting internal investigations for clients, as well as advising on external investigations by the UK Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority and on cross-border criminal and regulatory investigations.  She also assists with the preparation of policies, procedures and training for the purposes of financial crime compliance, and advises on criminal issues and anti-corruption/sanctions due diligence in the context of corporate transactions. Susannah speaks and publishes widely on anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, and sanctions topics.  Along with her membership of the Money Laundering Task Force since 2015, Susannah is a member of the CLLS Corporate Crime Committee.  Susannah is a consultant editor of the Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime series.

Suzie Ogilvie

Suzie Ogilvie

Suzie is the global head of financial crime and sanctions at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.  

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She provides financial crime and sanctions compliance advice across the firm and advises on reputational risks for the firm in respect of its clients and mandates. Suzie has been a member of the Money Laundering Task Force of the Law Society of England and Wales since September 2009, serving as chair between September 2012 and August 2015.  She has been the Law Society’s UK delegate to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) on matters relating to money laundering compliance since September 2010.  Through these roles she has assisted in the co-ordination of the legal profession’s policy positions on financial crime in the UK and EU and has represented the members of the legal profession at Government Committees.  In particular, Suzie has been involved in the lobbying efforts on the 4th European Money Laundering Directive and matters relating to proposed amendments to that Directive. Suzie has co-authored both the Money Laundering chapter in the IBA's publication "Risk Management in Law Firms" and the chapter on International Money Laundering Initiatives in Neate & Godfrey's publication “Bank Confidentiality”.