Nicola Suter Director
2012 – present
Financial Crimes Advisor Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), Dept of State, Barbados and Washington DC.
Nicola has drafted civil recovery legislation enacted in six States (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago)
Ensuring introduction of civil recovery legislation in the Caribbean required careful drafting to produce law that was fit for purpose in each State, building close working relationships with Attorneys General, Ministers of Legal Affairs and Prime Ministers and attending Select Committee Meetings and Parliamentary Hearings to shepherd Bills through Parliament.
Nicola also drafted a Civil Recovery Guide for each State and worked closely with the Judicial Training Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to ensure that all judges, attorneys and financial investigators were trained on the law. The Civil Asset Recovery Guides are now the text used by High Court judges in the region.
Nicola has ensured the law is being effectively used mentoring local partners to freeze in excess of $20 million and is currently working with local partners on a further seven civil recovery cases with criminal assets totalling approximately $25 million.
2010 – 2012
Legal Advisor, British High Commission Barbados
Nicola mentored prosecutors around the Eastern Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) with all stages of their serious criminal matters, focusing primarily on money laundering and asset recovery.
Nicola mentored the Financial Intelligence Unit and the Director of Public Prosecutions of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines through their first money laundering case, resulting in a conviction and subsequent confiscation of approximately $10 million of assets.
Nicola wrote a practical guide to restraint and confiscation for the Eastern Caribbean. To reflect the impact of this work the Chief Justice wrote a letter of commendation to the U.K. Foreign Minister for the work Nicola did to support the judiciary.
2008 – 2010
Senior Policy Advisor, International Division, Crown Prosecution Service, London, England
Nicola managed the Crown Prosecution Services’ international engagement in West Africa, the Eastern Caribbean, Jamaica, West Africa and Pakistan – directly managing three members of staff.
This role required Nicola to conduct scoping visits to Jamaica, Ghana and Sierra Leone and the planning, recruitment, deployment and management of these permanent posts (Criminal Justice Advisors).
Nicola regularly attended U.K. Government West Africa and Caribbean strategy meetings and was often required to give detailed presentations to members of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, U.K. Border Agency and Ministry of Justice on engagement in these States.
Nicola is a trained Moneyval (Money Laundering) Evaluator and was part of a U.K. team that evaluated Pakistan’s compliance with international money laundering protocols. This required Nicola to review all money laundering legislation and regulation in Pakistan and to assess Pakistan’s practical application of their legislation.
Nicola was also the sole U.K. representative to attend the European Union review of Russia’s compliance with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in Strasbourg.
2004 – 2008
Senior Crown Prosecutor, Confiscation Unit, Crown Prosecution Service, London, England
Nicola managed complex, and at times politically sensitive, asset recovery cases on behalf of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
This would often require applications to the High Court for restraint or receivership orders and to undertake asset recovery applications on behalf of foreign governments.
Dan Suter Founder and Director
2017 – Present
Director – iJust
Dan founded iJust in 2017 and consults on a number of projects around the world:
- EuroMed Justice IV: Drafted comparative legal and gap analyses for cybercrime, countering the financing of terrorism and special investigation techniques , an International Cooperation Manual and a Digital Evidence Guide for the MENA
- E.U. funded Accountability, Rule of Law, Anti-corruption Programme in Ghana: Drafted national Guides on Money Laundering, Cybercrime and Environmental Crime and advised on the Ghana prosecution disclosure policy
- E.U. Counter-terrorism Regional Law Enforcement Project for the Greater Horn of Africa and Yemen: Drafted national Guides on Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition for Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda and led training of prosecutors, judges and central authority attorneys on international judicial cooperation
- Commonwealth Secretariat: Facilitated three regional workshops for trans-border access of electronic evidence and presented a Background Paper for the inaugural meeting of Heads of Central Authorities and the Commonwealth Network of Contact Persons
- Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT): Drafted an International Judicial Cooperation Manual and Training Guide for EU prosecutors
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and International Association of Prosecutors: Drafted a Global Compendium to enhance requests for e-evidence from service providers for counter-terrorism and organised crime prosecutions, facilitated expert group meetings, led regional training on e-evidence collection and continues to consult on best practices to collect e-evidence across borders for UNODC
- National Center for State Courts: Consults on Rule of Law Programmes in Bangladesh to enhance the capacity of Special Tribunals adjudicating terrorism, money laundering and cybercrime trials and the Eastern Caribbean to advance cross-border asset recovery investigations
- European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights: Co-authored a study on the misuse of Interpol Red Notices
2016 – 2017
Specialist Prosecutor – International Justice and Organised Crime Division, Crown Prosecution Service, London
Dan prosecuted cases on behalf of the U.K. National Crime Agency (NCA) on transnational money laundering, drug trafficking, child exploitation, firearms trafficking, fraud, corruption, human slavery and cybercrime prosecutions. This included advising on covert operations, joint investigations with other jurisdictions, extradition and mutual legal assistance.
2014 – 2016
U.K. Liaison Prosecutor to the U.S., British Embassy, Washington D.C.
Dan represented all U.K. prosecutorial agencies on organised crime, economic crime and counter-terrorism prosecutions with a U.S. nexus.
As a U.K priority Dan established the U.K./U.S. Recovery of Criminal Assets Taskforce resulting in the recovery of more than $1m USD in criminal assets to the U.K.
With his experience of U.S. law Dan authored a Guide on accessing Communication Service Provider evidence that has been published by the UN as best practice for cybercrime investigators around the world.
2010 – 2014
Criminal Justice Advisor to the Eastern Caribbean, British High Commission Barbados
Dan advised Prime Ministers, Police Commissioners, Attorneys-General and Directors of Public Prosecution in seven States on sustainable criminal justice reform to reduce the risk of harm through organised crime. Project initiatives ensured a coordinated approach to prosecuting with the police and were a significant factor in the increase of drug convictions in the Eastern Caribbean by 21% (Source: US Department of State International Control Strategy Reports 2013 and 2014).
Dan published Guides on mutual legal assistance, asset recovery, covert investigations, human trafficking, drug trafficking and cybercrime investigations/prosecutions – all available on the website Eastern Caribbean Law created by Dan.
For his work in the region Dan received commendations from the U.K. Solicitor-General Sir Edward Garnier Q.C., the Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales, Sir Keir Starmer Q.C., Melanne Verveer U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Woman’s Issues and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Chief Justice Dame Janice Pereira DBE
2006 – 2010
Specialist Prosecutor – Organised Crime Division, Crown Prosecution Service, London
Dan advised the Serious Organised Crime Agency (now the National Crime Agency) on covert investigations and prosecuted transnational serious organised crime matters. This included the largest ecstasy supply and amphetamine importation in the U.K.
1998 – 2006
Warner Goodman Solicitors, Portsmouth, U.K.
Dan was a Solicitor-Advocate and Duty Solicitor at a busy high street practice. He was made a Partner (2005 – 2006) managing 12 staff, a million pound budget and high profile clients