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1st August 2019, London – In response to a story by BuzzFeed News reporting that two senior MPs accepted a free trip to the Cayman Islands before speaking in support of corporate secrecy there, Duncan Hames, Director of Policy at Transparency International UK, said: “These MPs defending corporate secrecy would have been more credible had they
22nd July, 2019, London – Transparency International UK is calling on the Government to urgently review those granted Tier 1 investor visas and the source of their funds after an undercover investigation revealed private companies responsible for checking the provenance of a client’s money are also advising them how to mask suspicious wealth. An investigation
18th July 2019, London – Transparency International UK (TI-UK) has welcomed the Government’s response to scrutiny of draft legislation which would unmask the true owners of UK property bought by anonymous overseas companies. It now needs to be introduced in Parliament to begin the process of becoming law. The Government today responded to a Joint
16th July 2019, London – Transparency International UK (TI-UK) is delighted to announce Daniel Bruce will head up TI-UK as the organisation’s new Chief Executive from October 2019. With more than 10 years’ senior experience at an international NGO, a wealth of knowledge on global transparency issues and a unique perspective on how independent media
12th July 2019, London – Transparency International UK is today calling on the Government to urgently strengthen its proposed approach to tackling economic crime. Today the Government’s Economic Crime Strategic Board (ECSB) – made up of Ministers and senior figures from the private sector – published its economic crime plan, which sets out priorities for law
27th June 2019, London – Today the Home Office published its first report into the effectiveness of company ownership information sharing arrangements between the UK, its Overseas Territories and the British Crown Dependencies. The report shows that the arrangements are working but highlights the pressing need for this information to be publicly available to help expose high
26th June 2019, London – In response to an investigation by BBC Spotlight alleging that Ian Paisley Jr. MP accepted holidays from a then member of the Maldives Government, Duncan Hames, Director of Policy Transparency International UK, said: “Members of Parliament are elected to work on behalf of their constituents, not foreign governments. There are very strict
19/06/2019, London – Transparency International UK (TI-UK) has welcomed a commitment by the British Crown Dependencies to adopt public registers revealing the true owners of companies registered in these jurisdictions. But the Crown Dependencies must ensure these registers are fully open, accessible and implemented at the earliest possible opportunity if they are to be considered
29th May 2019, London – An announcement today by the National Crime Agency (NCA) that they have used Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) on £80 million worth of property marks major progress in the UK’s fight against dirty money, according to Transparency International UK (TI-UK). The NCA states the UWOs relate to three properties owned by a Politically Exposed Person
28th May 2019, London – Newly released court documents for the UK’s first Unexplained Wealth Orders reveal how the family of a senior public official from Azerbaijan went on a multi-million pound spending spree in the UK before being caught and questioned by the National Crime Agency. Witness statements and previously confidential documents relating to
20th May 2019, London – Transparency International UK is today calling on the Government to make an urgent priority the introduction of legislation for a public register that reveals the individuals behind overseas companies buying UK property – if not this summer, then at least at the start of the new parliamentary session. It is
13th May 2019, London – Transparency International welcomes the Government’s commitment today, in their response to a recent report by the Foreign Affairs Committee, to publish a timetable for the introduction of public registers of who owns companies in British overseas territories. However, this timetable should be published without delay and we call for more

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