On 20 September, Legal Futures reported that a law firm owner who ignored AML responsibilities – and even overrode a negative due diligence check – has been banned by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) from holding compliance roles.  Silas Ogbonna also failed to undertake a simple internet search that would have told him that one of his clients was a PEP, triggering extra obligations.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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