• UNODC Maritime Crime Mock Trial, Nigeria, 12 – 15 October, 2020 [conducted remotely]

    As part of the UNODC GMCP capacity building programme, Arvinder Sambei was engaged to co-facilitate a piracy mock trial for a team of Nigerian prosecutors. The workshop was conducted remotely and focussed on court proceedings by nominating a team of 6 prosecutors from the Maritime Crime Group at the office of the DPP along with a second team of 6 prosecutors who acted as a team of ‘defence’…
  • Hong Kong Law Society/Hong Kong Academy of Law Risk Management Education (RME) Programme, July – September 2020

    Martin Polaine was engaged by the College of Law (Australia) and HKLS to review the core courses of the HKLS RME Programme and integrate international best practice within the course content and create comprehensive checklists for the core course and elective courses for use by course participants, members of HKLS.
  • IDLO Counter-Terrorism Case Study + Training materials, Somalia, June - July 2020

    The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) engaged Arvinder Sambei to develop materials for a mock trial, based on a fictitious terrorism case. The materials included case report, proofs, witness statements, evidence, exhibit logs, notes to mentors, judges, prosecutors and defence attorneys and coaching materials for the mentors. The purpose of the mock trial was to allow the criminal…
  • DANIDA Project on Strengthening Ethiopia’s capacity and regional engagement on counter Money Laundering and Illicit Financial Flows.

    Tana Copenhagen ApS Tana was appointed by Danida (Denmark Development Co-operation, MFA, Denmark) in 2019 to implement its “Strengthening Ethiopia’s Capacity and Regional Engagement to Counter Money Laundering and Illicit Financial Flows”. Martin Polaine has been engaged as the Quality Assurance Expert to review on-going project outputs for the duration of the project.
  • UNODC Guyana Maritime Crime workshop, 8 – 11 September, 2020

    As part of its capacity building and technical assistance mandate, UNODC GMCP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean Ocean (PO) engaged Martin Polaine and the team at Amicus Legal Consultants to deliver a Solve: Immersive maritime crime exercise for Guyanese judiciary, prosecutors and coastguard. The immersive exercise ran alongside the Tradewinds 2020. The Solve: Immersive exercise…
  • UNODC Law Enforcement Assistance Programme to Reduce Tropical Deforestation (LEAP), July – August 2020

    Martin Polaine & Arvinder Sambei were engaged by the UNODC Law Enforcement Assistance Programme (LEAP) to develop disruption options and toolkit for maritime crime and illegal deforestation. Programme LEAP is a joint Interpol/UNODC/RHIPTO initiative to reduce illegal deforestation in order to address climate change and the achievement of the SDGs. The Programme has identified river and maritime…
  • World Bank Mongolia Anti-Corruption Workshop: 27-31 July, 2020 [conducted remotely]

    Martin Polaine was engaged by the World Bank to design, develop and deliver a 5-day practical training for representatives from the Prosecutor General’s Office, the District Prosecutor’s Office, Independent Authority Against Corruption of Mongolia (IAAC) and Ministry of Justice. The five-day workshop was delivered through a series of practical exercises that examined case theory, investigative…
  • UNODC GMCP 9th IOFMC Prosecutor Forum, 20 & 21 July 2020

    Martin Polaine facilitated the 2020 UNODC Indian Ocean Forum for the Maritime Crime (IOFMC) Prosecutors’ Network, which was set up in 2015. The 9th Forum meeting was held remotely due to Covid-19 pandemic, with participants from the Indian Ocean region, as well as representation from the GMCP Pacific region. The discussions over the two days were structured around a simulated immersive exercise…
  • UNODC Pacific Maritime Law Enforcement Integrity Course, June 2020

    Martin Polaine and the team at Amicus Legal Consultants designed and wrote an e-Learning course on Integrity Measures for Maritime Law Enforcement in the Pacific Region. The UNODC GMCP Pacific team conducted an in-house risk assessment of the growing narcotics trafficking in the Pacific region and integrity of maritime law enforcement agencies was identified as a key imperative to effectively…
  • UNODC Doha Declaration Global Programme Evaluation, February – September 2020

    Arvinder Sambei was engaged as an independent evaluator (judicial integrity and prevention of corruption component), along with 3 other experts, to conduct a final in-depth evaluation of the UNODC Doha Declaration Global Programme, one of the largest single UNODC Global Programmes. The 2015 Doha Declaration, adopted at the Thirteenth United Nations Congress onCrime Prevention and Criminal…
  • CoE Serbia, Belgrade, 12 February 2020

    Following the Technical Paper by Martin Polaine on the creation of an independent police complaints or oversight institutional framework, he was invited to attend a one-day session to present the findings and work through the recommendations. The Technical Paper had examined practice from three (3)…
  • Lexis Nexis Regulatory Compliance (Australia): February – December 2020

    Arvinder Sambei has been engaged as a consultant and content developer by Lexis Nexis (Australia) to develop its regulatory compliance contents on AML/CFT/Sanctions, Bribery & Anti-Corruption, Privacy & Data Protection and Cybersecurity.
  • CoE Moldova, Chisinau, 29 – 30 January 2020

    Martin Polaine was engaged as an expert/speaker for the two-day conference organised by the EU/CoE Joint Programme on Controlling Corruption through Law Enforcement and Prevention (CLEP). The project aims to improve the anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and assets recovery frameworks in the…
  • August 2019: Lecturer, ASEAN+6 International Trade and Investment Law & Practice, College of Law (Australia)

    The College of Law has appointed Martin Polaine as one of its practitioner lecturers/tutors for its LLM course on ASEAN +6 International Trade & Investment Law and Practice. The lectures are scheduled to start later this week. The College of Law programme focuses on the ASEAN+6 region with an…
  • July – August 2019, London

    As maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) continues to rise, the UNODC Global Maritime Counter Piracy (GMCP) programme has worked with Member States in the region to strengthen the institutional, investigative and prosecutorial capacity of the Gulf of Guinea (West Africa) countries to prevent…
  • 10 – 12 June 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia

    As part of the on-going training to prosecutors and investigators in Georgia, Arvinder Sambei and Paula Lavric (Orsin, Romania) delivered a two day training workshop on investigating corruption cases. At the request of the General Prosecutors’ Office (GPO), the two day workshop was delivered…
  • 28 – 29 May 2019, Council of Europe, Strasbourg

    Martin Polaine was engaged by the Council of Europe to conduct a study on the feasibility and advantage of a creating a new binding instrument in the Council of Europe on international co-operation to strengthen the asset recovery framework, in particular, asset management, the recovery and sharing…
  • 13 – 14 May 2019, Belgrade, Serbia

    Martin Polaine was invited by the Council of Europe to give a keynote address at the Conference on ‘International Co-operation in Criminal Matters: Human Rights Perspective’ to mark the 60th year of the European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance. The conference was attended by members of the…
  • 1 April - 12 July 2019, London & Kenya

    In 2014, UNODC recommended that Kenya introduce Active Case Management (ACM) as a key measure to address the ongoing challenges (especially lengthy and unacceptable delays) within its criminal justice system in line with international standards and with the Kenyan Constitution. In 2016, the ACM…
  • 26 February – 1 March 2019, Naivasha, Kenya

    Arvinder Sambei was engaged by UNODC to attend a meeting arranged with the ACM Committee, Judicial Training Institute (JTI) and UNODC to discuss the current 2016 Guidelines for Active Case Management of Criminal Cases in Magistrate Courts and High Courts of Kenya, which were issued by the Chief…
  • 10 December 2018, Belgrade, Serbia

    As part of the EU/CoE Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey actions: “Enhancing Human Rights Protection for Detained and Sentenced People in Serbia” and to mark Human Rights Day, the CoE and OSCE Mission to Serbia held a one day seminar on the prohibition of torture and independent…
  • 6 – 7 December, Kyiv, Ukraine

    Martin Polaine was engaged by the Council of Europe, to provide advice, technical assistance and training to prosecutors of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. As part of the CoE Ukraine ‘Continued support to criminal justice reform in Ukraine’, (CJR Project) aimed at supporting the reform of the…
  • 3 – 4 December, Vinh Phuc, Vietnam

    Arvinder Sambei was engaged by UNODC Southeast Asia and the Pacific office (UNODC ROSEAP) to deliver a two day workshop for Vietnamese officials engaged in international co-operation (extradition). The two day workshop included presentations and practical case studies for the participants. The…
  • 21 - 23 November, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    In November 2018, UNODC organised a Ministerial and Senior Officials meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to address the threat of maritime drug trafficking (the Southern Route) which affects Mozambique, Seychelles South Africa and Tanzania as transit or destination countries. Each of the countries…
  • 22 & 23 October, Baku, Azerbaijan

    Arvinder Sambei along with D. (Dirk) ten Boer(Public Prosecutor from The Netherlands) delivered a two day workshop on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) for Azerbaijan investigators, prosecutors (both from the Anti-Corruption Directorate and the General…
  • 2 & 3 October 2018, London

    ‘Dawn raid’ exercise at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (FBD), London: As part of its on-going relationship of over 9 years with FBD, Martin Polaine and Arvinder Sambei, along with a team of Amicus associates, delivered a 2-day practical exercise on ‘dawn raids’ for FBD associates drawn from its…
  • August 2018: Martin Polaine becomes a Fellow of Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Amicus Legal Consultants is pleased to announce that its director and co-founder, Martin Polaine MCIArb, FAiADR, has been invited to become one of the first Fellows of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AiADR). Martin said he was ‘extremely honoured and privileged to be invited…
  • 28 August 2018, ‘Making Arbitration Work for You’, Kuala Lumpur

    Martin Polaine delivered an Arbitration Masterclass, ‘Making Arbitration Work for You’ with our long standing partners, Skrine (http://www.skrine.com/) in KL for its in-house arbitration team (CPD points). The Masterclass focussed on practical issues and considerations for lawyers to have in mind…
  • May - August 2018: ASEAN+6 Trade and Investment Law & Practice

    The College of Law, based in Australia (https://www.collaw.edu.au/), has engaged Martin Polaine as one of its practitioner tutors on International Trade & Investment with a particular emphasis on ASEAN +6 law and practice. The LLM course is scheduled to start later in the year with the development…
  • 13 July 2018: Technical Paper for the Judge of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Belgrade, Serbia

    The Judge of the Supreme Court of Cassation asked Amicus Legal Consultants to provide a short technical paper on the use of experts in criminal cases, in particular, in corruption and economic crime cases. As Serbian Law provides for the creation of a special task force to lead such investigations…
  • 29 June – 2 July 2018: Annual Maldives Judicial Conference

    Arvinder Sambei was one of two international speakers invited to address the Annual Maldives Judicial Conference held at Bandos Resort. The event, hosted by the Chief Justice Dr Ahmed Abdulla Didi, and attended by the judiciary from across Maldives was examining the issue of Foreign Terrorist…
  • April – June 2018: Commonwealth Secretariat Anti-Corruption Model Law Provisions

    Martin Polaine has been instructed by the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop anti-corruption model law provisions to assist the Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The model law provisions will help to inform national anti-corruption laws…
  • 27 April 2018: Taylor Wessing Immersive Event

    Amicus Legal Consultants ran a critical incident immersive exercise at the offices of Taylor Wessing, London on bribery (UK Bribery Act & US FCPA), corporate governance, handling whistleblowers (duty of care issues etc) internal investigations, self-reporting to regulatory authorities,…
  • 25 – 30 April 2018, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Training of Trainers on specialized economic crime and corruption related investigations

    Arvinder Sambei along with Paula Lavric and Victor Astanin delivered a two day workshop for Kyrgyz trainers on investigating and prosecuting economic crime and corruption cases. The 2 day event included presentations and practical case studies to highlight the challenges and issues in addressing…
  • 16 & 17 April 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: International Commercial Arbitration Masterclass

    Martin Polaine delivered two half day Arbitration Masterclass, ‘Making Arbitration Work for You’ with our long standing partners, Chooi & Co and Azmi & Associates . The workshop was aimed at long standing clients, General Counsel and industry representatives in Kuala Lumpur. The Masterclass…
  • 11 – 29 April 2018: Council of Europe Technical Assistance Needs Assessment Turkey

    As part of its priorities for EU financial assistance for the period 2014-20 to support Turkey on its path to accession, the Action Document drafted within the scope of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) identified international judicial cooperation in criminal matters as one of…
  • 5 – 7 March 2018, Nairobi, Kenya: Counter Terrorism Mock Trial for Somali Judges, Prosecutors and Defence

    Amicus Legal Consultants was engaged by UNODC Nairobi to create, develop and facilitate a Counter Terrorism Mock Trial to assist Somali judiciary, prosecutors and defence in presenting and adjudicating terrorism trials in line with international standards. In the context of global counter-terrorism…
  • 27 February 2018, Belgrade, Serbia: Human Rights training workshop for judges & prosecutors.

    Arvinder Sambei was invited by the Council of Europe to participate in the training of prosecutors and deputy prosecutors on the ECHR standards and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights in the application of Article 3. The training was aimed at assisting prosecutors in applying the…
  • 15 & 16 February 2018, CoE Roundtable Discussions, Strasbourg

    Amicus Legal Consultants, along with a number of other experts and trainers, policy makers and practitioners, was invited to CoE Roundtable discussions on ‘Cooperation Activities against Economic Crime: tools, impact and lessons learnt’. The aim of the Roundtable was to examine existing challenges…
  • January to June 2018: EU-UNODC Nigeria Counter Terrorism Project Evaluation

    Arvinder Sambei of Amicus Legal Consultants was engaged as an evaluator and technical expert on behalf of the Terrorism Prevention Branch of UNODC to conduct, with the lead evaluator, an independent evaluation of the 3rd and final phase of the of the EU-UNODC Nigeria CT Partnership Project II. The…
  • January – June 2018: World Bank draft law for Sri Lanka

    Martin Polaine was instructed by the World Bank to develop both a concept note for Sri Lanka as it considers the parameters of its Proceeds of Crime Bill and, thereafter, the draft law. Following meetings with the Special Presidential Task Force on Recovery of State Assets (START) between January…
  • 18 - 19 December 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia

    Martin Polaine was invited by the Council of Europe to lead a training workshop on investigating economic and financial crimes for investigators and prosecutors along with Brian Cook, a financial investigator from the Metropolitan Police. The workshop addressed financial intelligence (including…
  • 30 November – 1 December 2017, Belgrade, Serbia

    Arvinder Sambei was invited by the Council of Europe to participate in the training of prosecutors and deputy prosecutors on the ECHR standards and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights in application of Article 5 (right to liberty and security) and Article 6 (right to a fair trial) of…
  • 28 November 2017, Belgrade, Serbia

    Arvinder Sambei was invited to speak at the ‘BREAKING FEAR # What Can Civil Society Do to Save Accountability of Security Governance in the Time of Fear?, hosted and organised by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, a leading independent think-tank publicly advocating human, national, regional…
  • 20 November 2017, Bucharest, Romania

    Amicus, in partnership with the National Institute for Internal Control of Romania (other partners include Mazars, Dentons, Bureau van Dijk, Transilvania Bank, EBRD & Strands) held a one day discussion forum aimed at the financial sector in Romania and worked through the issues and challenges on…
  • 9 & 10 November 2017, Amman, Jordan

    Liat Shetret of the Global Center on Co-operative Security has been working on the Global Center program on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Technical Assistance Support to the MENA Region, with focus on Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq. As part of that project, Global…
  • 8 November 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece

    Arvinder Sambei was part of the OECD training team on asset recovery for Greek judicial, prosecutorial, and law enforcement authorities. The OECD Anti-Corruption Division has an ongoing bilateral project with Greece to help the country implement its National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP),…
  • 7 November 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Amicus and Chooi & Co, a well-established and recognised law firm in KL, held a ‘Solve’ immersive exercise for representatives from the banking and financial sector to test the rigour of decision making and internal advice, the perils of de-risking and managing client risks when they arise. The…
  • 25 October, 2017 Beijing & London: Advantages & Disadvantages of Mediation in State-Investor Disputes

    Martin Polaine gave a presentation by video link on the 'Advantages & Disadvantages of Mediation in State-Investor Disputes' for the International Dispute Resolution Master class being held at the University of International Business and Economics, Hui Bin Bei Lu Beijing, Beijing Shi, 100096 China…
  • 11- 13 October 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    The World Bank/UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) in partnership with the Sri Lankan Presidential Task Force on Stolen Assets Recovery (START) held a mutual legal assistance (MLA) workshop for prosecutors and investigators engaged in asset recovery in Sri Lanka: the Attorney General’s…
  • 9 October 2017, General Data Protection Regulation Forum in Bucharest, Romania

    Amicus, in partnership with the National Institute for Internal Control of Romania (INCIR), DLA Piper (Romania) and Reff & Associates (Romania) held a one day forum for senior compliance officers, lawyers, General Counsel, auditors, and internal control professionals on the General Data Protection…
  • 3 & 4 October 2017, ‘Dawn Raid’ Exercise, London

    As part of its on-going relationship of over 6 years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (FBD), Martin Polaine and Arvinder Sambei, along with a team of Amicus associates, delivered a 2-day practical exercise on ‘dawn raids’ for FBD associates drawn from its offices in UK, Europe and the US. And,…
  • 29 September 2017, Martin Polaine MCIArb

    Martin Polaine has successfully completed the accelerated route to Fellowship assessment and is now a MCIArb (Member of CIArb).
  • 18 – 22 September 2017, Singapore

    Martin Polaine and Sunil Patel attended, and presented, at the Compliance & Transparency Forum held in Singapore (organised by the UK Government) on ‘Dynamic Decision Making in Corruption cases’ (21 September) and ‘Dynamic Decision Making for Banking in Wider AML’ (22 September). Here they are…
  • 21 August – 30 September 2017, London and Singapore

    Public Sector Excellence in Singapore, UNDP’s global anti-corruption project, ‘Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies’ (ACPIS), provides policy and program support to participating States and has an overall objective of contributing to the strengthening of national capacities to (i)…
  • 10 August 2017, London

    Martin Polaine gave the keynote address at the LCILP workshop for professionals in the humanitarian sector: in particular, charities and NGOs. The workshop was led by the Former Senior Operational Manager & Former Senior Diplomatic and Legal Advisor at the International Committee of the Red Cross…
  • 11 July 2017, Royal Exchange, London

    In July Amicus Legal Consultants and Riliance hosted a risk roundtable to discuss the changing risk and compliance landscape. The event was attended by representatives from a broad range of industries including; Pharmaceutical, Cloud Technology, Professional Services, journalism and Legal and Risk…
  • June 2017, Paris: PILAG INternational Law Gazette

    The Public International Advisory Group (PILAG) has published its second publication, International Law Gazette, devoted entirely to public international law issues. The publication aims to provide international lawyers with expert coverage of key developments, events and publications in the field…
  • 7 & 8 June 2017, Strasbourg

    Arvinder Sambei was one of the trainers for the CoE training workshop on ‘Effective economic crime and corruption related investigations’, held in Strasbourg for representatives from the Kyrgyz FIU, investigators and prosecutors. For more details of the CoE activites:…
  • 1 – 2 June 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia

    Arvinder Sambei and Martin Polaine contributed to the CoE Training materials (for the CoE Partnership for Good Governance) to include the practice and procedure in Georgia for AML/CFT investigations and prosecutions. The chapter addressed: Relationship between Money Laundering and Terrorism…
  • 16 – 18 May 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan

    Martin Polaine delivered a 3 day workshop for members of the compliance, internal audit, contracts and procurement departments of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, the national railway company. The workshop was held as part of its enhancement of its compliance capability and with a view to considering…
  • 15 May 2017, Paris : PILAG International Law Gazette

    The Public International Advisory Group (PILAG) has published its first online publication, International Law Gazette, devoted entirely to public international law issues. The publication aims to provide international lawyers with expert coverage of key developments, events and publications in the…
  • 20 – 21 April 2017, Kiev, Ukraine

    Arvinder Sambei was invited by the Council of Europe ‘Continued Support to Criminal Justice Reform in Ukraine’ to participate in a seminar on international co-operation at the request of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine (GPO) and the National Academy of Prosecutors of Ukraine (NAPU). The…
  • US Airstrikes In Syria: A Short Discussion Of The Possible Legal Basis

    Following our earlier briefing paper1 on the chemical attack in Syria, we turn now to the possible legal, rather than moral, justification for the US military action in Syria last week. The US Administration has remained resolutely silent in setting out the legal basis of its action, save to say…
  • When In A Hole...

    Reflections on crisis response in the wake of the United Airlines furore: In the recent past, the airline industry has a mixed record when it comes to managing and responding to a crisis. AirAsia CEO, Tony Fernandes, showed how it should be done when handling the immediate aftermath of the crash of…
  • Syria, Chemical Weapons & International Law: A Legal Snapshot

    Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! - An ecstasy of fumbling Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time, But someone still was yelling out and stumbling And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime.- Dim through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. The words of the poet…
  • 27 February - 3 March, Astana, Kazakhstan

    Arvinder Sambei was one of the trainers on a 5 day workshop for key Kazakh stakeholders dealing with economic and financial crimes (FIU, analysts, and prosecutors). The main focus of the course was on financial intelligence (sources of intelligence, development and handling), in particular, open…
  • The Investment Arbitration Rules (1st January 2017) of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC): A Brief Overview

    Following a public consultation on the draft, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) released its Investment Arbitration Rules (IARs) at the end of December 2016. They became effective on 1st January 2017 and represent an innovative initiative to attract investment arbitration…
  • 28 - 29 December 2016, Marrakesh, Morocco

    Martin Polaine was invited to speak at the Middle East Law Conference on Sport and Arbitration. The conference was aimed at practitioners and law officers from the MENA region and had as its main focus, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in the Middle East. Martin addressed the likely…
  • Double-tap bombing, aggregation and the tragedies of Yemen and Aleppo

    Two topical thoughts in the light of recent news: Given reports of so-called ‘double-tap bombing’ of targets in Yemen by the Saudi coalition, it bears repeating and emphasising that such targeting is contrary to international humanitarian law. The ‘double-tap’ tactic involves launching an attack or…
  • Marking International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December 2016) with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Charmian Gooch of Global Witness

    The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) marked International Anti-Corruption Day by hosting a discussion with Charmian Gooch, co-founder of Global Witness, on ‘Banking Corrupt Money: How anonymous companies are used to loot State coffers’. Charmian Gooch set out the background to…
  • Brexit: The Hidden Legislative Consequences?

    Given that Brexit is again dominating the news this week, with The Supreme Court hearing the appeal by the Government against the earlier judgment of the High Court, it is, perhaps, timely to consider one aspect of the post-Brexit legal landscape that will be relevant to lawyers and…
  • Investigatory Powers Act 2016: Quick Overview

    The Investigatory Powers Act received the Royal Assent on 29th November 2016. As a snapshot, it consolidates those powers given to law enforcement and the intelligence services in, principally, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Ac 2014.…
  • Criminal Finances Bill 2017: Are you ready?

    The Criminal Finances Bill is scheduled to enter into law during the summer of 2017. It contains a number of provisions centred on the UK's financial sector and is part of a major initiative that seeks to ensure that benefit is not derived from criminal proceeds. The incoming legislation includes:…
  • Business Schools & Universities: Know Your Risks, Safeguard Your Reputation

    The UK’s National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (‘the Assessment’) illustrates all too starkly the cost of not recognising the full range of risks that many institutions, including those of academia, often face. The Assessment warns: ‘The majority of those working in…
  • 1 December 2016, London

    Martin Polaine spoke at the 5th Edition Legal Era Indian Conclave, 'Make in India Conclave on Business Trends and Legal Challenges for the New Europe, UK & India' held in London last week. The conference was aimed at working through legal challenges faced by businesses in their jurisdictions of…
  • 23 November 2016

    The OECD opened a Public Consultation on foreign bribery and liability of the legal person in from 23 August – 3 November 2016. The role of the legal person within the context of bribery and foreign bribery, in particular, has been brought into particular focus by the sheer number of US DPAs and…
  • 4 November 2016

    Martin Polaine has been accepted as a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and has been awarded the grade of Associate (ACIArb).
  • 31 October – 1 November 2016, Baku, Azerbaijan

    Arvinder Sambei was engaged by the CoE to conduct a two day workshop for Azerbaijani investigators, prosecutors and officials on mutual legal assistance and asset recovery. The workshop topics included: Preventive measures Conviction based confiscation, confiscation in rem and civil recovery Asset…
  • 28 October 2016

    Following the OECD Public consultation on foreign bribery and the liability of legal persons, Martin Polaine and Arvinder Sambei submitted their observations which focussed on the availability of investigation tools, international co-operation, successor liability and the role of indirect evidence…
  • 17 October 2016, London

    Martin Polaine & Arvinder Sambei were invited as guest speakers by the London Centre of International Law Practice (LCILP) for their webinar on ‘Humanitarian Access & Assistance: Has law been outpaced by harsh reality?’ The webinar examined the overarching legal framework for humanitarian…
  • 10 & 11 October 2016, Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia

    Arvinder Sambei was asked by the CoE ‘Human Rights-Friendly Judiciary’, Serbia to speak at two of the roundtable sessions at the ‘Annual Conference of the Judiciary of the Republic of Serbia’ on international and regional human rights law and, in particular, the jurisprudence from the ECtHR. The…
  • 10 October 2016, London

    Martin Polaine was invited as a guest speaker by the London Centre of International Law Practice (LCILP) for their webinar, ‘Out of the Rubble: Implications of the Al Mahdi case’. In August 2016, Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi pleaded guilty before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to intentionally…
  • 4 & 5 October 2016, ‘Dawn raid’ exercise at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (FBD), London

    As part of its on-going relationship of over 6 years with FBD, Martin Polaine and Arvinder Sambei, along with a team of Amicus associates, delivered a 2-day practical exercise on ‘dawn raids’ for FBD associates drawn from its offices in UK, Europe and the US. (http://www.freshfields.com/en/global/)
  • 28 September 2016, London

    Martin Polaine & Arvinder Sambei were invited as guest speakers by Crisis Solution for their webinar on ‘Countering the financing of terrorism (CFT)’, hosted by Jim Preen (Crisis Solutions). The conversation focussed on the international, regional and legal frameworks addressing CFT, raising and…
  • 19 September 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria

    Following the development of an Action Plan for Bulgaria on the implementation of the Recommendations of the ‘Assessment of Institution and Legal Frameworks of the Asset Recovery system in Bulgaria’ by Martin Polaine, he has, today, delivered a training workshop for investigators and prosecutors on…
  • 14 September, 2016, London

    Arvinder Sambei was invited to give the opening address to the launch of the LCILP’s Centre for Anti-Corruption Law, Policy and Compliance.
  • 8 – 9 September, 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia

    Arvinder Sambei was engaged by the CoE, together with Ms Nicole Voorhuis (The Netherlands), to conduct a two day workshop for Georgian investigators and prosecutors on dealing with criminal liability of legal entities. The workshop was undertaken under the auspices of the EU/CoE Programmatic…
  • 6 – 7 September, 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    International Association for Counter-terrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP) held its 2016 IACSP ASEAN Security Symposium 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two-day summit (co-organized by Fleming) brought a range of experts who are well versed with the region and its challenges in dealing…
  • 25 July 2016, Improving Asset Recovery System in Bulgaria, London

    Martin Polaine developed a detailed Action Plan for the implementation of the Recommendations of the ‘Assessment of Institutional and Legal Frameworks of the Asset Recovery system in Bulgaria’. The purpose of the proposed Action Plan was to provide for framework for the implementation of the…
  • 11– 6 July, The Human Rights Friendly Judiciary Project, Zlatibor, Serbia

    The Human Rights Friendly Judiciary Project of the Council of Europe organised the Summer School on the European Convention on Human Rights for undergraduates and postgraduates from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia The week long programme, which included lectures, quiz, practical case study…
  • 6 & 7 September 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - IACSP ASEAN Security Symposium & Awards

    Amicus will be attending these annual ASEAN awards and symposium. The International Association of Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP), supported by Fleming (Kuala Lumpur) provided this flavour of the event: Speakers from UN, CIA, Interpol and many more will showcase their expertise…
  • 7 June 2016, 'Are You Ready for Brexit?'

    Martin Polaine & Arvinder Sambei were invited as guest speakers today (7 June) for a Brexit webinar, 'Are you ready for Brexit?', hosted by Crisis Solutions. The conversation focussed on the legal implications of Brexit on the following themes: Trade Regulatory change Movement of labour/staffing…
  • 17 & 18 May 2016, Minsk, Belarus

    Martin Polaine & Arvinder Sambei ran a workshop on behalf of the CoE jointly for Belarus prosecutors, judges, investigators and ministerial officials on addressing the challenges in the implementation of criminal liability for legal persons. Martin wrote a technical paper, which formed the basis of…
  • 25 – 27 April 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine

    Amicus Legal Consultants was asked to develop a training programme on Economic Crime Investigations for the countries in the CoE Eastern Partnership Framework and a practitioner manual on financial and economic crime investigations. Arvinder Sambei, along with Amicus associate, Mick Allen delivered…
  • April 2016, ICAEW, London

    Martin Polaine was engaged by the ICAEW to write an article on terrorism financing and its importance for accountants. The article ‘Chasing down dirty money’ has been published by London Accountants Magazine. Amicus Legal Consultants will run a 2 hour immersive exercise on terrorism financing on 21…
  • 4 – 8 April 2016, Training at the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), Malta

    Amicus Legal Consultants was engaged by the Global Center for Cooperative Security (US) in 2015 to develop a detailed manual on ‘Using and Protecting Intelligence Information in Criminal Justice Sector-Led Investigations and Prosecutions for Trainers’. Based on the manual, Martin Polaine and…
  • 31 March, 2016: Tom Fox, Advanced Compliance Solutions interviews Martin Polaine

    Tom Fox of Advanced Compliance Solutions interviewed Martin Polaine on the use of the Solve: Interactive (anonymised debriefing) and Solve: Immersive in the compliance environment. Tom Fox has practiced law in Houston for 30 years. He is now an Independent Consultant, assisting companies with…
  • 21 March, Institute of Chartered Accounts for England & Wales (ICAEW), London

    Martin Polaine (Amicus Legal Consultants) and our associates, Richard Whitby of Crisis Solutions and Bob Murrill, former Scotland Yard Senior Detective gave a joint presentation on decision making in a crisis and negotiation and interviewing skills.
  • 17 March 2016, Crisis Solutions Breakfast Seminar, London

    Arvinder Sambei & Martin Polaine were invited to a breakfast seminar organised by our partners, Crisis Solutions on ‘What makes crisis capability world class?’ The seminar discussed the skills, plans and frameworks that are necessary to elevate crisis management to world class levels. The session…
  • SPORT & GOVERNANCE - 23 February, 2016, London

    Martin Polaine and Arvinder Sambei of Amicus attended Transparency International UK’s corruption in sport event – ‘Foul Play: Corruption in Global Sport’ at The Kia Oval. This marked the launch of the Global Corruption Report (GCR) on sport and drew attendees from a wide range of sports…
  • SPORT & GOVERNANCE - 17-18 February 2016, Brussels

    Martin Polaine gave a presentation on ‘Best Practices to Protect Whistleblowers’ at the European Commission’s workshop on ‘Developing European Initiatives to Fight Match-Fixing’, which took place in Brussels on 17 and 18 February. The event was attended by a wide range of stakeholders, including…
  • 13 February 2016, Westminster School, London

    As part of Amicus’s commitment to education, Martin Polaine spoke at Westminster School’s Model United Nations (WesMUN) Conference 2016 on Saturday. The WesMUN theme for 2016 is: ‘No Target Met until Fully Met for All’: Inclusivity and Sustainability in Global Government after the SDGs.’ The…
  • 3 February 2016, International Development Institute (IDI) Kings College London

    In association with the London Centre for International Law Practice (LCILP), Amicus met with, and presented to, students and staff of the International Development Institute (IDI). Martin Polaine & Sunil Patel led the discussions and focused on the deployment of anonymised debriefing…
  • 25 – 26 January 2016, Prague, Czech Republic

    Martin Polaine was engaged by the Council of Europe (CoE) jointly to conduct a workshop for Czech prosecutors, judges, investigators and ministerial officials on addressing the challenges in the implementation of criminal liability for legal persons. Martin wrote a technical paper, which formed the…
  • 25 January 2016, Thomson Reuters event, London

    Arvinder Sambei attended a seminar on ‘Modern Slavery, Bribery and Corruption: Corporate Compliance with Legal Frameworks’. The discussions were led and facilitated by Nick Grono, CEO, from The Freedom Fund with speakers from Liberty Asia, Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, Verité and Risk…
  • 21 January 2016, London

    Amicus and Crisis Solutions developed and delivered a ‘cyber attack’/IT security immersive exercise for a London-based security consultancy that has a global reach. The exercise, which focused on all aspects of crisis handling, was followed by an ‘anonymised debriefing’ (Solve: Interactive),…
  • 15 January 2016, Court of Appeal decision in R. v AIL, GH & RH

    The Court found in favour of the Serious Fraud Office and confirmed that bribery of foreign officials was unlawful under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, even before the amendments made by the Anti-Terrorism, Crime & Security (2001, but entered into force on 14 February 2002). It is worthy of…
  • 23 December 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

    Martin Polaine was a speaker participant at a Roundtable discussion jointly organised by the Geneva International Centre for Justice (GCIJ) and the London Centre for International Law Practice (LCILP), which was held at the Hotel President Wilson. The discussions were part of the GCIJ Event Series…
  • 8 December 2015, UK

    Amicus Legal Consultants have provided detailed written guidance on sanction/restrictive measures for a UK charity.

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