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Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC

Work 020 7440 9950
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Ian Smith

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


Ian works across a spectrum of commercial fraud, cyber fraud and misconduct cases. He represents clients in the civil and criminal courts, acting for both victims and accused persons. Most of his cases are large-scale international proceedings involving asset tracing in a number of jurisdictions. He has a specialist regulatory law practice, advising law firms, City institutions, property firms and other profesional firms. He advises in relation to anti-money laundering, counter terrorist finance, financial sanctions, anti-corruption and anti-tax evasion facilitation. Ian is the current President of VOCAL - the Victims of Crime Association of Lawyers. He was a founding member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association and a former Secretary of the European Criminal BAr Association. He has written a number of law books. He lead-edits and co-authors the leading practitioners' text Asset Recovery: Criminal Confiscation and Civil Recovery (Oxford University Press). His clients include large and small companies, local government and indiduals. He is a member of the UK Attorney General's panel of counsel for civil and EU work.


Call - 2003; Solicitor from 1995; Solicitor Advocate (all courts).

London Bar

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Ian Smith - 33 Chancery Lane ‘Never underprepared – commercial and client focused.’

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

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

Ian Smith - 33 Chancery Lane ‘Excellent with clients and at providing an overall strategic view.’

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

‘Undoubtedly number one in this practice area’, 33 Chancery Lane ‘certainly 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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