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What is the Unexplained Wealth Order?

A woman who spent nearly £16m over a decade in Harrods and once spent £150,000 in a single day became the first target of the recently-introduced Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO). Under this provision of the Criminal Finances Act, which came into force on 31 January 2018, the Azerbaijan international, Zamira Hajiyeva, must give proof of how she and her husband can afford their luxury lifestyle. This includes a £15m home in Central London, an average spend of £4,000 a day at Harrods over ten years and a £10m golf course near Ascot. Should she not have an adequate explanation, she would be the first to be brought to account for unexplained wealth.


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ICSA: The Governance Institute launches Certificate in Academy Governance

ICSA: The Governance Institute has launched a certificate in academy governance in order to support the professionalisation of the developing academies sector. It is the only qualification in the UK designed specifically with academies in mind and focuses exclusively on governance challenges faced by academy schools or multi-academy trusts (MATs).


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New SRA regulatory arrangements – are you prepared?

Since May 2014, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), as part of their "Looking to the Future program" have carried out a number of public consultation papers regarding reforms to allow greater flexibility for solicitors and law firms, with the aim to make legal services more accessible to the public.