Miss Sam Bourton

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About me

I have been a Lecturer in Law at the University of the West of England (UWE) since August 2018. I previously held the roles of Associate Lecturer in Law (2016-18) and Assistant Support Lecturer in Law (2014-2016) at UWE.

I am the Module Leader for the Law of Financial Crime and Regulation module on the LLB Programme and for the Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context module on the College of Business and Law Foundation Year. At postgraduate level, I supervise PhD students and LLM dissertation projects. I previously taught on the International Financial Crime, Foundations for Research and Research Methods modules on the LLM Programme.

My research interests lie in the law relating to financial crime, particularly, the law relating to tax evasion and money laundering. I have written several publications and presented several conference papers on these topics. My doctoral thesis, awarded without corrections in 2021, compared the law and enforcement policies pertaining to tax evasion in the UK and US.

I am an experienced researcher, working on several funded projects. I am a Co-Investigator for an Innovate UK funded project (£490,000 - Transform Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs); UK's First Technology Line of Defence). I am a Co-Investigator for the Cyber Security and Cyber Crime Research Cluster, funded by UWE Expanding Research Excellence (£100,000). I have previously been a co-investigator for another Innovate UK funded project (£268,000 - Detecting and Challenging Local Government Authority Fraud Committed by Organised Criminal Groups through Investigation Process Automation).

I have submitted written evidence to several policy makers and influential organisations, including the Law Commission, the Public Bills Committee, the Manchester Arena Inquiry and His Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

I am a Steering Group Member of the South West Fraud Forum and an Advisory Board Member with the Journal of Economic Criminology for Elsevier (2022-present). Within UWE, I am a member of the Law School Research Committee, the Global Crime, Justice and Security Research Group, and the Cyber Security and Cyber Crime Cluster. 

Area of expertise

Financial Crime, Tax Evasion, Money Laundering


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