When we receive a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR), we make an initial assessment taking into account issues such as whether consent can be granted to continue with financial transactions; or whether to continue with a relationship. Local legislation requires that consent is needed in order to protect institutions against charges of money laundering.
We work closely with the Law Officers' Department largely because of the overseas connections in most SARs. This means that there may be jurisdictional issues. The Law Officers' Department is responsible for receiving and processing formal letters of request from overseas countries.
Further analysis allows us to determine how the intelligence is developed. This might include disseminating it on an intelligence basis, typically to an equivalent overseas financial intelligence unit. We only pass on intelligence on a carefully sanitised basis and with strict conditions on how it can be handled and processed.
As well as dealing with SARs, we also receive and respond to requests for assistance, typically from overseas financial intelligence units on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing enquiries.
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