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Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC

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Barry Stancombe

Work 020 7440 9950
33 Chancery Lane (Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC)


Specialist in asset forfeiture and proceeds of crime particularly in the areas of restraint, receivership, confiscation and insolvency. A commercial litigator whose practice encompasses complex and high value cases: civil fraud litigation; asset recovery; civil recovery; bribery; corruption; insolvency; fraud; and money laundering. Recent cases include advising a former Director in the Rolls Royce corruption litigation; acting for the SFO as restraint Counsel in major fraud/corruption Operations (including advising on obtaining external POCA orders for the Indian Government). Recent High Court actions have included: varying a CJA restraint order to permit a Judgment Creditor to enforce his judgment; application to set aside a summary judgment order in a civil recovery matter; banking fraud; mortgage fraud and acting successfully in highly contentious bankruptcy proceedings for the Trustee in Bankruptcy in TUV claims against a convicted fraudster subject to confiscation proceedings. Regularly instructed on behalf of court appointed management and enforcement receivers in high value receiverships. International work has included acting for Attorney General of the Turks & Caicos Islands in civil proceedings. Barry acts for the following prosecution agencies: SFO and the FCA.


Year of Call: 1983 (Gray's Inn). SFO A Panel (Proceeds of Crime).


Proceeds of Crime Lawyers' Association; R3; London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association.

London Bar

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading juniors

Barry Stancombe - 33 Chancery LaneHe possesses a great knowledge of the law and procedure when it comes to big-time litigation.

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

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.

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