- What is money laundering
- What is anti-money laundering
- Statutory obligations imposed on practitioners
- How practitioners can mitigate risks in this area
Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers
Edward was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2002 after graduating from the University of Western Australia. He commenced at the Bar in 2014 after previously holding a number of senior roles in government including as a Federal Prosecutor. Prior to that he was at Christensen Vaughan (which has since merged with Gadens) practising exclusively in commercial litigation, primarily corporate insolvency.
Edward has held positions as Managing Principal Legal Officer, Criminal Assets for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and later Deputy Counsel, Australian Federal Police (AFP) with responsibility for Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
He has acted for a diverse range of clients (including the government, banks and other financial institutions) in relation to their interests under confiscations legislation. In early 2015 he was consulted by an external review of the AFP’s Proceeds of Crime arrangements.
A career highlight was receiving a United States Attorney Award from the United States Ambassador to Australia. The award was conferred for Edward's management of a significant global asset forfeiture case in which they recovered USD 24 million.
In 2017 Edward was recognised by Doyles on their leading criminal law barristers list.
He was awarded the Chief Justice’s prize for best performed reader at the 2014 WA Bar Association’s Bar Readers’ Course, as well as the 2014 Essential Trial Advocacy Course Award for equal top performance in the Trial Advocacy course.
Edward has a particular interest in statutory interpretation. He has argued a number of novel points of statutory interpretation and recently presented a paper on Statutory Interpretation – Practical Problem Solving.