Professor Colin King

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Professor Colin King
PhD (Limerick)
Position/Fellowship type:
Senior Associate Research Fellow
Fellowship term:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Home institution:
University of Sidney
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Colin’s research primarily focuses on proceeds of crime and anti-money laundering law and practice. He also has research interests in financial crime more generally, particularly corporate crime and the use of deferred prosecution agreements. He has published widely in these areas, including Negotiated Justice and Corporate Crime: The Legitimacy of Civil Recovery and Deferred Prosecution Agreements (King and Lord, Palgrave, 2018) and The Handbook of Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law (King, Walker, and Gurulé, eds, Palgrave, 2018). His current research examines anti-money laundering law and practice in the UK property market. Colin also conducts research in criminal evidence and criminal justice, particularly in relation to legal responses to organised crime and terrorism.

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01-Aug-2022 EU Developments in Non-Conviction-Based Confiscation

In: Liz Heffernan (ed) Criminal Law and Justice in the European Union (Clarus Press, 2022) pp.105-120

01-Mar-2021 The Challenges of Implementing Anti-Money Laundering Regulation: An Empirical Analysis

(with Dr Ilaria Zavoli) (2021) 84(4) Modern Law Review 740-771

01-Apr-2020 Deferred Prosecution Agreements in England and Wales: Castles Made of Sand?

(with Dr Nicholas Lord) [2020] Public Law 307-330

01-Mar-2020 Anti-Money Laundering Regulation and the Art Market

Journal articles

(with Dr Saskia Hufnagel) (2020) 40(1) Legal Studies 131-150

01-Feb-2020 Assets, Crime, and the State: Innovations in 21st Century Legal Responses

Edited Book

Katie Benson, Colin King and Clive Walker (eds), (Routledge, 2020). 18 chapters. 274pp + XIII.

A1P1 and Disproportionate Confiscation in Customs Cases

Journal articles

(2019) 4 Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime 258-260.

“Negotiated Justice and Corporate Crime: The Legitimacy of Civil Recovery Orders and Deferred Prosecution Agreements”


(Colin King and Nicholas Lord) (Palgrave, 2018). 157pp + XIII.

“Counter-terrorism, Constitutionalism and Miscarriages of Justice: A Festschrift for Professor Clive Walker” (Genevieve Lennon, Colin King and Carole McCartney, eds) (Hart Publishing, 2019). 18 chapters. 340pp + XVIII.

Edited Book

Colin King and Carole McCartney, eds) (Hart Publishing, 2019). 18 chapters. 340pp + XVIII.

The Handbook of Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law

(Colin King, Clive Walker, and Jimmy Gurulé, eds) (Palgrave, 2018). 47 chapters. 1,260pp + XIV.

Dirty Assets: Emerging Issues in the Regulation of Criminal and Terrorist Assets

(Colin King and Clive Walker, eds) (Ashgate, 2014). 14 chapters. 355pp + XVI.

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Apr-2020 Deferred Prosecution Agreements in England & Wales: Castles Made of Sand?


Public Law, 2020, Apr, 307-330. Negotiated settlements are increasingly regarded as an alternative tool against corporate criminality, with numerous countries now embracing such settlements. In England and Wales, amidst concerns relating to corporate criminal liability, the government introduced deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) in 2014. Five years on from their introduction in England and Wales, it is timely to re-examine the DPA regime, not least given its influence on developments in other jurisdictions. This article examines three key aspects of the development of the DPA regime to date, that, we argue, have resulted in a weak foundational basis for the regime notwithstanding its robust legal framework. Specifically, we explore: whether a DPA is in the public interest; the requirement of self-reporting; and the terms of a DPA. Even though there are admittedly only five Agreements to date, it is nonetheless useful to reflect upon the lessons to be learnt from these infant years. While DPAs were enacted to overcome obstacles to prosecuting companies and they have been widely lauded, we are not convinced by such contentions. The argument advanced in this article is that practice has been haphazard, rather than tied to any core principles, and lacks a clear underlying purpose. This situation is particularly evident in the three areas discussed in this article, which leads to the conclusion that the DPA regime stands on shaky foundations.

Mar-2021 The Challenges of Implementing Anti-Money Laundering Regulation: An Empirical Analysis


For over three decades, money laundering has been an area of concern for policymakers and law enforcement, with significant efforts undertaken at national and international levels to combat it. Recently, laundering of criminal proceeds using real property has attracted increased attention amongst policymakers. Various efforts are now being undertaken to tackle money laundering in the UK property market, but there are still significant difficulties in its practical implementation. Drawing upon semi-structured interviews with estate agents and compliance officials, this study identifies critical aspects of AML compliance that are particularly problematic for those involved in it. In so doing, this article delivers a new perspective, by analysing data gathered with the first empirical study on the implementation of AML obligations in practice (in the UK property market) since the introduction of the 2017 Money Laundering Regulations.

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