SARS Briefing
Wednesday, 22nd March 2017, 17:00 – 20:00 | London

Event Details

We are pleased to confirm the agenda for the FREE TO ATTEND SARS Briefing on Wednesday 22nd March in London kindly hosted by our friends at Bovill.

Attendance is Free of charge. However, please note that attendance is restricted to financial crime practitioner members only.

There is also an after event networking drinks opportunity to mingle with the other delegates and grow and enhance your professional network.

Registration is required for attendance and you can register for free on our Eventbrite page HERE

Space is limited and we are expecting very high demand for this event so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Please See below for the Agenda. 

Tickets & Bookings

Tickets for this event are free to financial crime practitioner members. Registrations will be screened to ensure member suitability for the event.

We do need to know if you plan on attending for catering purposes so please register via the button below. SARS Briefing is proudly hosted by our friends at Bovill:

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Agenda & Speakers


17:00 – 17:25

Registration & Coffee

Please arrive promptly so that we can get the day started on time as we have an action packed line-up and we want you to get the very most out of the event.

Grab a cup of tea, coffee or a soft drink and a biscuit and get settled in!


17:25 – 17:30

  Welcome &Introduction

David Pelled

Forum news & updates – we will be updating you with the latest news for the forum and making some exciting announcement of some forthcoming enhancements.

17:30 – 18:00

David Brain
Head of Assurance, Bovill


David will look at the topic of Consent from the two different angles. As someone who worked on the Consent Desk for NCIS/SOCA David dealt with hundreds of consent requests every week liaising directly with MLROs. David then became an MLRO and gained first-hand experience of what it was like to put the block on a transaction pending consent from the FIU, in addition to dealing with irate relationship managers.

He will provide insight into how MLROs can make their consent journey as pain free as possible, offering practical tips and dispelling a few myths along the way.

David will also offer his thoughts on consent going forward under the Criminal Finances Bill and what MLROs should be considering in light of this new law.


18:00 – 18:30

Mark Townsley
Detective Sergeant of the Economic Crime Unit, Thames Valley Police


As a detective Sergeant with day to day oversight of the SAR’s processing team at Thames Valley Police; Mark is in a unique position to give us a hands on real world view of exactly how SAR’s are processed.

He will give us insight on exactly what he sees crossing his desk; what is being done right, what is not so good and what can be done to improve how you submit a SAR to ensure it is not rejected, and processed quickly and effectively.

He will also be dealing with the upcoming changes to the regime from a real-world processing viewpoint

You will also have an opportunity to put different scenarios you have personally been involved in to Mark. Getting his view on what would have improved the outcome, as well as learning a little more about how small changes to your own submissions may have a significant effect on the outcome of criminal investigations.

18:30 – 19:00

Question & Answer Session

Our speakers will be available for the usual lively question and answer session dealing with the issues raised by the event’s discussions and anything else the audience can think of!

19:00 – 20:00

Evening Reception & Networking

There will be a range of drinks (alcoholic and soft drinks) with some nibbles provided and an opportunity to mingle with the other delegates and speakers; so that you can network and exchange ideas, ask questions and expand your professional network, kindly hosted by Bovill.