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John Binns

I have specialised in financial crime since 2006, having first qualified into a criminal legal aid firm and served a short sentence as a policy adviser to the criminal legal aid scheme. I have successfully defended in a number of major fraud trials, but nowadays specialise in helping corporate clients with the knottier issues involved in the Proceeds of Crime Act and related laws, as well as advising in corporates and individuals in criminal investigations. I write and present a lot on these and related issues, and was an expert witness in the House of Lords on the impact of Brexit on criminal investigations. 
Contributed to

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Challenging UK sanctions designations under SAMLA 2018
Challenging UK sanctions designations under SAMLA 2018
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the legal requirements which must be met for a sanctions designation to be lawful and how to challenge designations made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAMLA 2018). It explains the impact of a sanctions designation, the process for making and maintaining sanctions designations and the basis upon which it is possible to challenge a UK sanctions designations. The Practice Note also explains the process for making a request to ministers to review a designation, what information to include in a request and the procedure which should be followed under the Sanctions Review Procedure (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, SI 2018/1269. It also explains the availability of judicial review as a court-based remedy to challenge sanctions under SAMLA 2018. It also highlights areas of difference between challenging designations under the UK domestic sanctions regime and challenges to sanctions made under EU law or under UN obligations.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) fraud—criminal offences, investigations and penalties
Coronavirus (COVID-19) fraud—criminal offences, investigations and penalties
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers what Coronavirus (COVID-19) fraud (also known as covid fraud) is, including how the pandemic has created or increased the scope for fraud offences to be committed. It covers the exploitation of schemes such as the bounce-back loan scheme, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme as well as the Coronavirus job retention scheme (furlough or CJRS scheme, Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and general fraud by misrepresentation. It explains how these offences have been perpetrated, what makes them fraudulent and how the activity is detected, investigated, and prosecuted as well as practical tips for corporates and those advising them, where coronavirus fraud is detected or suspected.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—powers to detain potentially infectious people [Archived]
Coronavirus (COVID-19)—powers to detain potentially infectious people [Archived]
Practice notes

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not being maintained. It explained the key powers in the Coronavirus Act to detain ‘potentially infectious’ people during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic before those powers expired as of 10 December 2021.

Sanctions regime—global anti-corruption
Sanctions regime—global anti-corruption
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the scope of the UK global anti-corruption sanctions regime under the Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations 2021, SI 2021/488. It explains the activities targeted by the regime, the sanctions imposed, who is covered and the relevant guidance published by the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI). It also considers practical aspects of the regime for businesses.

Sanctions regime—global human rights
Sanctions regime—global human rights
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the scope of the UK’s global human rights sanctions regime under the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020, SI 2020/680, the first autonomous sanctions regime created under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAMLA 2018). Human rights sanctions are commonly referred to as ‘Magnitsky sanctions’. It explains the activities targeted by the regime, the sanctions imposed, who is covered and the relevant guidance published by the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI). It also considers practical aspects of the regime for businesses.

The UK sanctions framework under SAMLA 2018
The UK sanctions framework under SAMLA 2018
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the UK financial sanctions and trade sanctions regime under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAMLA 2018). The SAMLA 2018 regime was implemented to ensure the UK has a robust sanctions regime after the UK leaves the EU (Brexit) and enables the UK to impose financial sanctions, immigration sanctions, trade sanctions, aircraft sanctions, shipping sanctions and other sanctions needed to comply with UN sanctions obligations. This Practice Note explains the impact Brexit had on the pre-existing sanctions regime, the role of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), the purpose of the different types of sanctions, including Magnitsky sanctions and explains the typical form of sanctions regulation. It also explains sanctions designations under SAMLA 2018, exceptions and licences from UK sanctions as well as the enforcement of sanctions under the UK domestic sanctions regime.

Other work

The regulation of sanctions—flowchart
The regulation of sanctions—flowchart

This Flowchart highlights the enforcement bodies which have responsibility for enforcing UN and UK sanctions in the UK.

Practice Areas

Panels

  • Consulting Editorial Board
  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2000

Experience

  • Corker Binning (2006 - 2009)
  • Legal Services Commission (2003 - 2006)
  • Victor Lissack, Roscoe and Coleman (1998 - 2003)

Membership

  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (Committee)
  • Anti-Money Laundering Professionals Forum (Speaker)
  • Fraud Lawyers Association

Qualifications

  • 1996 MPhil Criminology
  • 1995 LLB Law

Education

  • 1997–1998 College of Law (London)
  • 1995–1996 University of Cambridge
  • 1992–1995 King’s College London

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