Professor Prem Sikka has become widely known in finance circles for his
research on the `dark side' of the finance industry. His research on tax
avoidance in particular has established him as an expert on the mechanisms
by which companies find legal loopholes to avoid tax. As a result he has
been asked to use his research to inform policy discussion in three main
ways: by consulting with the UK Government's Secretary of State for
Business Innovation and Skills; by informing politicians and parliamentary
committees in Westminster, Scotland, and France; and by acting as a senior
adviser to a number of NGOs concerned with the tax conduct of global
corporations. In recognition of his contributions to public discourse he
has been named by specialist publication Accountancy Age as one of
the 50 most influential figures in UK finance.
Since the 1980s, there has been a wave of global activity seeking
improved control of money laundering and confiscation of crime proceeds.
This set of research studies, based around the work of Professor Mike
Levi, constitutes core empirical analysis of the scale of financial
crimes, and what can be properly said about the impacts of social
and formal control measures against them. The studies have informed and
helped to shape the fraud, money laundering and organised crime strategies
of the UK Home Office, UK enforcement agencies, and international bodies
such as the EC Justice and Home Affairs and IMF post-2008.