Senior Associate Jemma Sherwood-Roberts has written for Law360 about how unexplained wealth orders are unlikely to curb the UK drug trade.
Earlier this month, Lynne Owens, the director-general of the National Crime Agency, set out the NCA’s “new” strategy to tackling the drugs trade by “making it not pay.” She stated that the NCA would use account freezing and recovery orders as well as unexplained wealth orders to seize property, including luxury cars and watches.
A UWO by itself does not give the NCA any new power by which to seize or retain property.
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