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06 Apr 2020

Unexplained wealth orders – the latest developments


Unexplained Wealth Orders (“UWOs”) were introduced in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2018. Since then, they have attracted significant attention.

The most famous UWO case to date involves Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of an Azeri banker. The National Crime Agency (“NCA”) obtained a UWO against her in 2019. The UWO required her to explain how she purchased her luxury home in London.

Ms Hajiyeva tried to challenge this order and in a recent judgment, the Court of Appeal has rejected her appeal. 

With this judgment now attracting more interest, this article answers questions that parties from other jurisdictions often ask about UWOs.

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