Sanctions update – creation of Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation and changes to UK financial sanctions regime

Posted on April 13, 2016
Archive : April 2016
Category : News

The Summer Budget 2015 contained a commitment to significantly revamp the UK's approach to the implementation and to the enforcement of financial sanctions, at both the administrative and legislative level.  These changes have now begun to be introduced, through the creation of the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation ("OFSI") within Her Majesty's Treasury ("HMT") and the proposed introduction of new financial sanctions legislation contained in the draft Policing and Crime Bill (the "Bill").  The Bill provides for an increase in the minimum criminal penalties applicable to breaches of financial sanctions, and introduces a new power for HMT to impose civil monetary penalties in certain circumstances.  The Bill also provides for swifter implementation of UN financial sanctions in the UK.  

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Written by Lisa - HSF