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Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC

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Martin Evans QC

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


Specialises in all aspects of the law relating to criminal and civil asset recovery and confiscation. Acts for defendants, prosecuting authorities and third parties in both civil and criminal matters. Experienced in handling domestic and international restraint proceedings (including the restraint of UK assets pursuant to overseas requests, receivership proceedings in the Crown Court, the High Court (Administrative Court, Chancery Division and Family Divison), Court of Appeal and Supreme Court). Frequently instructed in appeals where he was not involved in the lower court. Current instructions include confiscation proceedings in: Mills and others - HBOS £245m fraud (for CPS);. Expertise in fraud, corruption, money laundering and corporate criminal liability. Instructed by SFO in substantial international corruption prosecution. Particular interests include the legality of search and production orders under PACE and POCA on which he has written and lectured widely. Notable recent case include: GW v SFO [2018] EWCA Crim 1155, R(on the application of River East Supplies Limited) v Nottingham Crown Court [2017] (Admin), R(Rahman) v Local Government Election Court [2017] EWHC 1413 (Admin)


Called 1989, QC 2017


Proceed's of Crime Lawyers' Association.

London Bar

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – 2017 silks

Martin Evans QC - 33 Chancery LaneHe appears in POCA proceedings after some of the biggest fraud trials.

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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