SARs Liason Lead at the UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU), Tony Fitzpatrick, got together with our Head of Anti-money laundering (AML), Graham Mackenzie at our Edinburgh offices to film a free webinar for Law Society of Scotland members.
Graham joined the Society in 2016, with more than a decade of financial sector experience in AML and compliance roles, and has since led on transformational regulatory initiatives such as AML registration and certification.
Tony's background is in policing and in particular the investigation of serious crimes such as murder, rape and kidnap.
In 2006 he transferred into the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and went on to work in Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) as head of operations for the UK Human Trafficking Centre.
He has worked in the United Kingdom Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) led National Crime Agency's the Defence Against Money Laundering Team and is currently the UKFIU Liaison officer.
With such depth of experience in the room, there was a lot to talk about.
Tony explained that while Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) are primarily about money laundering and terrorist financing, they are more widely used in the detection of other serious crimes such as murder, rape and kidnapping.