2022 was a year of unprecedented developments in the UK’s fight against economic crime. The war in Ukraine created exceptional political momentum that resulted in two long anticipated Economic Crime Bills, significantly strengthening the UK’s defences. Detailed work was completed on the Economic Crime Plan 2 and associated Strategies, as a new whole-system response to tackling economic crime. At the same time, allies in the US continue their energetic leadership in the fight against dirty money and corruption, identified as a core national security interest.
The speed of the response in 2022 was only made possible because of years of preparation and detailed engagement by many actors. But even when these Plans and Strategies are delivered there will be more to do. The nature of the threat continues to evolve. Questions continue to be asked about the value for money achieved by the vast sums spent by firms on Anti-Money Laundering compliance, and the potential for smarter collective analysis. Significant divergences of views and interests remain.
This conference will bring together senior decision makers from across the key sectors involved in tackling economic crime in the UK to identify practical ways of progressing activity in the coming years and look ahead to the next generation of reforms.