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This section covers proceeds of crime proceedings, in particular focussing on individual lawyers who specialise in this area of post-conviction litigation. In addition, it includes other asset forfeiture proceedings. It also includes unexplained wealth orders and other criminal finances issues. That said, many barristers are likely to have practices that do not neatly fit within these boxes and so may be ranked in more than one practice area.

Undoubtedly number one in this practice area’, 33 Chancery Lanecertainly leads in POCA and asset forefeiture cases’. The set had a large number of members involved on various sides of confiscation proceedings in the wake of the conviction of Ketan Somaia, who was found guilty of various forms of fraud and subjected to a £20.5m confiscation order. The matter went to the Court of Appeal to consider whether confiscation was possible after a privately-prosecuted conviction (Kennedy Talbot QC, Catherine Collins and Ian Smith for the prosecution, Penelope Small for the defendant, and Martin Evans QC, Barry Stancombe and Fiona Jackson for various third parties). In addition, eight members, including some of the aforementioned, have been involved representing parties such as the Serious Fraud Office in multi-jurisdictional litigation concerning Gerald Smith, who was convicted in 2007 of a £35m fraud.

3 Verulam Buildings has a strong relationship with the National Crime Agency, with several members representing it in civil recovery proceedings. Andrew Sutcliffe QC represents the agency in a civil recovery case against 11 respondents concerning an alleged multi-jurisdictional fraud.

6KBW College Hill includes a number of members with a track record of acting for the NCA and CPS in confiscation proceedings. Jonathan Hall QC represented Surrey Police in securing an order to sell BTC 295 (worth over $5.8m at the zenith of the cryptocurrency’s 2017 bubble, and £1.7m in July 2018). Due to the cryptocurrency’s volatility it was disputed as to whether sale via exchange or auction (methods preferred by the Dutch and US authorities, respectively) was the appropriate means of disposal.

Carmelite Chambers handles various matters including cash forefeiture and other POCA proceeding. Charles Bott QC represents Burnley FC in litigation concerning the defrauding of the club, and alleged breaches of POCA anti-money laundering procedures by Lloyds Bank.

Matrix ChambersTim Owen QC and Edward Craven are instructed to represent the claimant in European Court of Human Rights case Briggs-Price v United Kingdom; the appellant was convicted of conspiracy to import cocaine, but the confiscation order of £2.5m imposed was concerning alleged cannabis trafficking, which he was neither charged with or convicted of.

Three Raymond Buildings has a number of members who handle confiscation work for both authorities and privately-represented defendants. Hugo Keith QC is instructed by Islam Karimov Jr. – grandson of the former president of Uzbekistan – on forefeiture matters.

5 St Andrews Hill includes a number of juniors involved in significant confiscation cases. Andrew Bird represented the City of London Police in R (Meridia Oil & Others) v City of London Police, an Administrative Court case concerning whether it was permissible for the police to force the conversion of money on trading accounts into cheques as a precursor to the use of cash forefeiture powers. Meanwhile, James Fletcher is instructed to represent former UBS trader Tom Hayes, who was convicted of manipulating Libor in 2015 and whose case is before the Criminal Cases Review Commission, in an appeal against a decision to consider a joint purchase of a matrimonial home as a tainted gift from him to his wife.

At 25 Bedford Row, new silk Adrian Eissa QC represents Hüseyin Baybaşin (a Turkish heroin smuggler dubbed ‘Europe’s Pablo Escobar’) as third parties in POCA proceedings against his brother; the CPS alleges that some property is owned by the Baybaşin family but Hüseyin Baybaşin claims are his alone, in a case with challenges of matrimonial and trusts law.

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