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Training for investigators and prosecutors

Training for investigators and prosecutors usually concentrates on financial data. However, financial data is only one part of the picture. In this course, Nigel Morris-Cotterill examines the use of non-structured, non-financial information.

Financial data is important but it is far from the only information that those investigating financial crime should be concerned with. Ultimately, data analysis is a mechanical process: some humans are brilliant at it and some computers can be, if programmed by a brilliant human. But, ultimately, that's identifying and building patterns from numbers and hard data. There have been computer programs to do that for several decades.

There is another, far more complex subject, where my extensive experience and research delivers both intellectual and practical tools specifically designed to help investigators and prosecutors understand one of the most complex areas of financial crime trials: the state of mind of the accused, the victims and even witnesses.

Nigel Morris-Cotterill will conduct judicial training based upon his book "Understanding suspicion in Financial Crime."

Courses can be two or four days in length. They may be presented anywhere but will be in English or in an other language with a translator who is familiar with the subject matter.

The course examines a wide range of subject areas which influence whether or not a person forms suspicion and how he responds to that decision.


1. Investigators and prosecutors will be better able to explain complex matters such as wilful blindness and the mens rea in financial crime which, almost universally, cause problems both for Investigators and prosecutors to understand and, even more, to explain to a Court (however it is constituted) and parties.

2. Investigators and prosecutors will be better able to ensure that the correct questions are put to witnesses so that the decisions they made are clear and the reasons for them understood

3. Investigators and prosecutors will have a wide and detailed understanding of the motivation behind the actions and inaction of the accused, victims and witnesses.

4. As a result, investigators and prosecutors will find it easier to contain evidence to relevant matters and to reduce the tendency for prosecutors to adopt the "kitchen sink" approach.

5. Investigators and prosecutors will also find it easier to contain evidence to relevant matters and to prevent defendants from creating confusion and therefore doubt, which as I explained in my book "How not to be a money launderer" in 1996 is a major weapon in the defendant's armoury.

6. Investigators and prosecutors will gain a greater understanding of the role of companies, directors and officers in financial crime and to clarify those roles which will aid in securing well-informed judgments.

For more information, contact me, Nigel Morris-Cotterill, via the link at the top of this page

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