United Kingdom Fights Counter Terrorism through British Lawyers


November 24th was the beginning of counter terrorism awareness week that was initiated and organized by the Association of Police Chief Officers (ACPO).

With Immigration at the height of conversation this week, throughout the week, specialist police Counter Terrorism advisors gave presentations regarding the publics’ safety at times of heightened terrorist threats.

There will be heightened police presence at places where large amount of people are gathering, such as airports, shopping centers and large sport events. In addition the ACPO wants to raise awareness of the threat posed by the funding of terrorism and how solicitors can help the fight this issue from within.

Foreign Immigration is a subject that is commonly associated with Counter Terrorism. Foreigners who enter the United Kingdom on entry permits are scrutinized for any connections to terrorism or association to any terrorist groups or activities.

UK Solicitors that specialize in UK Immigration Law are exposed to many different people on a daily bases and can therefore greatly contribute to the fight to stem flows of funds to various terrorist groupings.

Through their professional understanding of the implications of the Money Laundering Regulations and the Proceeds of Crime Act, they will be attentive to their obligations requiring them to identify and deal with exposed persons.

British lawyers play a key role in facilitating business and financial transactions that establish the UK economy. Because of their role in such transactions, terrorists may target Solicitors’ services to assist them in committing financial crimes or to launder the proceeds of crime.

What is specific about a solicitors' connection to people associated with terrorism? Attorney–client privilege - what is attorney- client privilege? This is a legal concept between a client and his or her attorney that keeps all communications confidential.

As a result on the counter-terrorism awareness laws, Solicitors may be asked to grant law enforcement officers access to client files to investigate whether the client, or the solicitor, has committed a criminal or a Terrorism Act offence. Solicitors will have to breach their confidentiality privilege with their clients. No More Secrets.

ACPO makes sure that members of the respective professions such as Solicitors are aware of the obligations placed upon them to report instances of suspected offences including the substantial penalties for a failure to do so.

All the regulatory requirements are mentioned in the Solicitors Regulation Authority's Handbook outlining the ethical standards that are expected of legal practices and practitioners.

Today, the oldest privilege has now been destroyed; no longer can a client feel the full ability to be able to share with his attorney any information for fear of this information being leaked to enforcement.

The question is whether the obliteration of the ancient concept "attorney- client privilege" will actually assist towards counter terrorism and the fight for peace?

For any questions please do not hesitate to contact our offices to Daliah Sklar, UK Immigration Solicitor on office@drsi-law.com

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