United Kingdom Fights Counter Terrorism
through British Lawyers
was the beginning of counter terrorism
awareness week that was initiated and
organized by the Association of Police Chief
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
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
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
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
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
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
D. Sklar Law Offices