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Leading Silks

Martin Evans KC33 Chancery LaneA go to barrister for Supreme Court POCA work. Outstanding advocacy - highly persuasive with silky elegance and charm.'
Jonathan Fisher KCRed Lion Chambers 'Jonathan is user-friendly, astute, authoritative and inspires confidence in clients.'
Kennedy Talbot KC33 Chancery LanePrecise, detailed and fanatically knowledgeable in both his verbal and written advice, as well as a phenomenally appealing advocate in court. Whomever is your opponent, they sit up a little straighter and shift a little more nervously when Kennedy is on your end of the bench.
Graham Brodie KC33 Chancery LaneHugely bright, provides clear and pragmatic advice and very user friendly. Really one of the team and rolls his sleeves up when required.'
Richard Fisher KCDoughty Street ChambersRichard has an in depth knowledge of the area and also very good experience of advising and representing clients in court.'
Hugo Keith KCThree Raymond BuildingsHugo is hard working ad incredibly user friendly. Clients really like him.'
Andrew Mitchell KC33 Chancery LaneAndrew is an absolute force of nature; always available, a silk at the absolute peak of his powers, a pleasure to work with and a professional that commands the respect of clients.
Mark Rainsford KC33 Chancery LaneRobust and confident in court. Very likeable. Gets a real grip of the issues.'
Andrew Sutcliffe KC3 Verulam BuildingsAndrew is an outstanding advocate and adviser. He brings his immense commercial litigation experience to POCA cases, which is particularly valuable for complex financial and asset tracing matters.'
Jonathan Ashley-Norman KCThree Raymond BuildingsJonathan brings a thoughtful and intellectual approach to the knotty questions of POCA, but without ignoring the sharp end.’
Jonathan Hall KC6KBW College Hill 'An incredibly skilled and powerful advocate, and an excellent tactician. Jonathan deserves his place as one of the most in-demand silks for POCA work. He has a wealth of experience. He always knows which argument will work and which will not.'
Gillian Jones KCRed Lion ChambersShe is a barrister of outstanding ability, one of the best of her generation of silks in all fraud related fields, including POCA: very clever, very knowledgeable, relentlessly hard-working and a superb advocate held in high regard by judges and opponents alike.
Nicholas Medcroft KCFountain Court ChambersVery knowledgeable in a niche but difficult area of law, nice person and efficient/gets it done on time.'
Tim Owen KCMatrix ChambersTim is highly regarded for his work on the Proceeds of Crime Act and in particular its application to companies in the emerging cannabis sector, particularly those with complex overseas operations that need to be considered in light of POCA.'

2022 Silks

Rachel Barnes KCThree Raymond BuildingsShe provides very high-level written work and advice on strategy and is extremely hard working and accessible. She has encyclopaedic knowledge of this area, delivers focused cross-examination and has good negotiating skills.
Tim Green KCHenderson ChambersTim is a natural communicator, and has a fantastic ability to provide clear and succulent legal advice.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Convey33 Chancery LaneHe has a wonderful ability to explain very complex legal terminology in an easy to understand manner to lay clients. His legal drafting is superb, and his presence in court rivals that of any KC.
James Fletcher5 St Andrews HillHe is excellent. He is very thorough in his preparation, a great eye for detail and presents well in court.'
Fiona Jackson33 Chancery LaneFiona is a polished and thoughtful advocate who prepares her cases meticulously. As an advocate, on her feet she is thorough, but not adverse to moments of light-heartedness. She is definitely a silk of the near future.
Ian Smith33 Chancery LaneTremendous grasp of the complexities of proceeds of crime and civil recovery legislation and practice, and attention to detail, while able to summarise in a readily assimilable way.'
Barry Stancombe33 Chancery LaneBarry is an extremely talented counsel who is unflappable in his approach to cases. With excellent written work and equally exceptional oral advocacy he wins over tribunals.'
Sarah Wood5 St Andrews HillHer written submissions are clear, concise and persuasive. She has a calm and authoritative manner in Court and with clients. She is a powerhouse of POCA knowledge.
Nicholas YeoThree Raymond Buildings 'Nick's knowledge of the provisions is encyclopaedic and he can get to the nub of the issues very quickly. In court, he has a good understanding of where the judge is likely to be coming from and how to manage that in the client's interests.'
Anita CliffordRed Lion ChambersAnita is absolutely fantastic – she is extremely knowledgeable and responsive, in addition to being very confident. Her advice is implicitly trusted because it is to-the-point, confident and prompt. Highly recommended.
Catherine Collins33 Chancery LaneCatherine fights incredibly hard at each and every stage of her client's case. She always ensures that every conceivable positive point is explored and she prepares for every eventuality.'
Edward CravenMatrix Chambers 'He is a really really clever guy. He does incredible quality work. His written work is superb. He is excellent with clients and has a huge brain.'
Lisa FreemanFurnival ChambersLisa has the ability to absorb complex factual matrices and condense them into user friendly chunks.'
Anne Jeavons3 Verulam BuildingsVery clam. Very measured. Very commercial/practical in her approach to difficult issues. Thorough legal analysis. Team player.'
Jonathan LennonDoughty Street ChambersA class act – Jonathan is a first rate advocate, who is incredibly incisive, very strategic and exceptionally good at cutting through fine detail quickly and with ease. He has an elegant and captivating style to his advocacy, achieving the right results form a tribunal.'
John McNamara5 St Andrews HillHe has an in-depth knowledge of the statutory provisions and the relevant case law, and is able to apply to that to the factual circumstances of his own cases. He is calm under pressure and extremely good with both clients and judges alike.
Gary Pons5 St Andrews HillGary is clear and concise in his drafting and his advocacy. He is also very approachable and easy to get on with. He is quick to respond to instructions and very easy to deal with.
Penelope Small33 Chancery LaneShe is a truly dynamic barrister. She quickly gets to the nub of the issue and always seeks a pragmatic and commercially sound resolution. She has a non-nonsense approach. Her written submissions are exceptional. She is the queen of POCA.
John Carl Townsend33 Chancery LaneGreat depth of knowledge of all matters POCA related. John is a true expert in asset freezing and forfeiture under the Proceeds of Crime Act.'
Barnaby Hone 5 St Andrews HillBarnaby has a depth of knowledge which rivals any silk, and an ability to master the facts, advise the client and deliver the advice with clarity and precision. An excellent presence in court.
Paul Jarvis6KBW College HillPaul knows the law inside out and is well prepared and able to deal well with clients.'
Anna Keighley – 187 Chambers 'A superb POCA lawyer. Brilliant on the law. Defends and prosecutes with equal alacrity. Has some significant higher court cases to her name. A star.'
Sophie O’Sullivan – Outer Temple Chambers 'Sophie is bright and settled some very good paper work. A future star in this area of work.'
Faisal Osman33 Chancery LaneFaisal is developing a strong reputation in financial crime and proceeds of crime cases. He has a sound knowledge of the legislation.'
Tom Rainsbury3 Verulam BuildingsVery efficient junior, with good knowledge of both criminal and civil aspects of asset recovery.'
Benjamin Waidhofer – Foundry ChambersBen is tenacious and grasps points quickly. His advocacy is forceful and measured without being rude. When he speaks, judges listen. His arguments, both written and oral, are well thought through and concise.

Rising Stars

Gemma Rose5 St Andrews HillGemma is a barrister who attends court thoroughly prepared, and knowing all the details of the case. She is calm, reassuring, and thoughtful to the client’s needs.

Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture in London Bar

33 Chancery Lane

As ‘the first set that one calls when needing work done on a POCA case‘, 33 Chancery Lane benefits from ‘sheer depth of expertise’, with members acting for a range of clients, including companies, agencies, and regulatory bodies. Kennedy Talbot KC represents the FCA in an investigation concerning the collapse of Worthington Group Ltd, alongside relevant asset freezing orders. In CPS v Aquila Advisory Limited, Martin Evans KC acted in the Supreme Court in proceedings evaluating the impact of a POCA confiscation order on the “no profit/no conflict” rule. Mark Rainsford KC prosecuted on behalf of the CPS in R v Bellway Homes plc, focused on confiscation proceedings resulting in a £600,000 fine. Also representing the CPS, Fiona Jackson acted in confiscation proceedings in connection with fraud by false representation by a defendant extradited from Switzerland.

Testimonials

Set

33CL is a leading POCA and commercial set with good counsel.

Without doubt the preeminent set for POCA and asset forfeiture. Advice and service are always excellent and just having counsel from 33 Chancery Lane on board shows the other side you mean business.

33 Chancery Lane is a specialist set with significant expertise and strength in depth in this field.

33 CL has a well-deserved reputation in the field of fraud and confiscation.

The set is a go to for POCA work. They have a real strength in depth and always a good choice of counsel.

The first set that one calls when needing work done on a POCA case. The sheer depth of expertise is second to none.

Clerking

Martin Adams is responsive and practical in his approach.

Outstanding clerking service. Martin Adams knows POCA work backwards and always knows who will be best for a case. Chris Chiles is a delight to work with and is always very welcoming.

Martin Adams leads the incredibly helpful and efficient clerks room, and is always on hand to discuss cases and options. The set also hosts and organises a prominent and highly rated annual fraud conference, which attracts significant speakers and players in this space.

Martin Adams and Chris Chiles are excellent.

Very efficient clerking room. Chris Chiles in particular is exceptionally experienced, accessible, and provides an outstanding level of service to clients.

Three Raymond Buildings

One of the premier sets for POCA and asset forfeiture‘, members of Three Raymond Buildings represent a range of agencies in relation to restraint, confiscation and civil recovery proceedings targeted towards corporates and individuals. Hugo Keith KC, considered a ‘superb‘ advocate, acted in forfeiture proceedings relating to the son of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Jonathan Ashley-Norman KC acted in R v Mazzarello, £50 million contested confiscation proceedings concerning an absconding defendant connected to Swiss and Lichtenstein funds. Led by Keith KC, Nicholas Yeo represented the defendants in the Court of Appeal in Dines and Others, acting against an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions for mutual legal assistance in connection with alleged VAT fraud.

Testimonials

Set 

Three Raymond Buildings is the pre-eminent set for criminal litigation. It contains first-class barristers from the most senior to the most junior. An astonishing array of talent really.

3RB are a very strong set generally.’

Three Raymond Buildings are an excellent set.

One of the premier sets for POCA and asset forfeiture.

Clerking

The clerking at 3RB is at the very pinnacle in crime. The service received is akin to one of the leading civil sets. Dean Brown in particular is an outstanding clerk. The service is genuinely 5 star.

Eddie Holland and Dean Brown – five stars to both of them.

Eddie Holland and Dean Brown are both excellent.

3 Verulam Buildings

Recognized as an ‘impressive set and a go-to set for proceeds of crime and asset recovery‘, the barristers at 3 Verulam Buildings have expertise in civil recovery procedures, with further emphasis on representing government agencies. Andrew Sutcliffe KC, who is considered an ‘outstanding advocate and adviser‘, led Anne Jeavons in NCA v Nuttall, proceedings focused on the civil recovery of assets stemming from a money laundering operation. Sutcliffe also led Jeavon in Crown Prosecution Service v Aquila Advisory Ltd, a case covering the CPS’ prevention to obtain confiscation proceedings for proceeds of crime directors have received in breach of fiduciary duties. In addition, Tom Rainsbury was instructed by the Director of Public Prosecutions to apply a property freezing order in relation to a bundle of assets, which included cryptoassets, believed to have been obtained through an extensive fraud scheme.

Testimonials

Set

3 Verulam Buildings is an impressive set and a go-to set for proceeds of crime and asset recovery.’

‘They are very professional, responsive and practical in their advice.

Very good set. Consistent across the board.

3 Verulam Buildings is an excellent set all round for commercial litigation and civil fraud matters.

Clerking

The clerks are very friendly and helpful. Stephen Penson and Richard Ansell have stood out as going the extra mile to communicate with solicitors.

Extremely user friendly. Very commercial.’

‘Easy to deal with and pragmatic.

5 St Andrews Hill

With ‘a number of excellent practitioners in this field‘, the set at 5 St Andrews Hill often deals with account freezing and forfeiture orders, investigation orders and warrants, and unexplained wealth orders, acting on behalf of applicants and respondents alike. Andrew Bird KC – who took silk in 2021 and leads the POCA team – acted for the SFO in R v Petrofac Limited, confiscation proceedings surrounding property obtained as a result of an international bribery scheme surmounting £22 million. Representing the NCA, James Fletcher was successful in enforcement proceedings by achieving final charging orders over land connected to income from criminal conduct. In addition, Gary Pons was instructed by the SFO in relation to a £40 million confiscation order in the Gerald Smith case. 

Testimonials

Set

5 SAH are an exceptional set. They have been successful in carving out other successful practice areas and a number of members of chambers are seen as experts in their field of specialism.

A good set all round with some stand out individuals.

5SAH is increasingly a go-to set for POCA work: they’ve got several really excellent members in this area, and are very easy to get along with as well as fearsomely knowledgeable and intelligent.

An increasingly formidable POCA set. Highly professional and organised Chambers.

SAH chambers is really good at POCA and asset forfeiture. They have a number of excellent practitioners in this field.

Clerking

Dave Scothern is exceptionally helpful and efficient.

Dave Scothern is incredibly dynamic. He understands what solicitors need from Counsel and delivers every time.

Dean Cook is a pleasure to deal with.

Dave Scothern is a straightforward, professional chief clerk and a good champion for his set and its members.

Dean Cook is consummate clerk with great skills.

6KBW College Hill

Members of 6KBW handle a range of proceeds of crime and asset forfeiture matters, with experience prosecuting and defending individuals and corporates in relation to freezing orders, disclosure orders, and overseas applications. Leading William Hays, David Perry KC advised the CPS in connection with issues relating to confiscation orders made in 2016 against two individuals, with further compensation orders sought by the prosecution concerning their roles in a line of acquisitive offending. In addition, in R v Premsaran Patel, Paul Jarvis acted for the CPS in relation to multiple offences of mortgage fraud, a prosecution accompanied by varying third party restraint orders.