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Police Partner with Law Firms in Asset Seizure Cases

The City of London Police are embarking on a "radical" pilot project in which the details of fraud suspects will be shared with law firms so they can try to use the civil courts to seize the suspects' assets, The Guardian's Vikram Dodd reports.

Questions are being raised on whether the profit motive for the law firms could damage the fairness of the process. Questions are also being raised on the wisdom of transferring punishment from the state system to private law firms and to civil courts.

British law enforcement is turning to the law firms and civil courts because of the high volume of cybercrime.