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Government to target corrupt solicitors in crime bill

The Home Secretary will announce new powers to jail corrupt solicitors, accountants and other associates of organised criminals in fresh legislation. The serious crime bill will hand a jail term of up to five years on those aiding organised crime

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Serious crime bill 'sends out a clear message'

Tougher penalties for white-collar criminals assisting members of organised crime "send out a clear message", a Home Office minister said.

Nobody is above the law. But for too long corrupt lawyers, accountants and other professionals have tried to evade justice by hiding behind a veneer of respectability.

This new offence sends out a clear message to those individuals: if you are helping to oil the wheels of organised crime, you will be prosecuted and face being jailed.

– Karen Bradley

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