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Leading Silks

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersA succinct, logical and innovative silk.
Andrew Mitchell QC - 33 Chancery LaneA leading authority for POCA-related work.
Graham Brodie QC - 33 Chancery LaneA master at strategy. Technically superb on complex POCA matters. Straddles both criminal and civil fraud and he is at the top of the tree in both.
Richard Fisher QC - Doughty Street ChambersErudite and effective advocacy. He is extremely knowledgeable in both the criminal and the civil POCA regimes. He is utterly professional, whilst being down to earth and friendly to work with at the same time.
Jonathan Hall QC - 6KBW College HillA powerful and skilled advocate, and an excellent tactician, he deserves his place as one of the most in-demand silks for POCA work. He has a wealth of experience in the area – particular working for the government and government agencies – and has a sixth sense for which arguments will go down well with the Court. He is an absolute pleasure to work with.
Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsAn excellent silk for POCA-related work.
Mark Rainsford QC - 33 Chancery LaneA silk who tactically is best placed to take points that other counsel would shy away from.
Kennedy Talbot QC - 33 Chancery LaneExcellent judgement and strong advocacy. Very intellectual in his approach. A subject expert: knowledge of POCA and asset forfeiture is immense and impressive. An exceptional and calm presence in a courtroom. Very approachable and helpful and is a pleasure to work with and learn from.
Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA calm hand on the tiller.
Charles Bott QC - Carmelite ChambersVery experienced in civil recovery and confiscation cases.
Martin Evans QC - 33 Chancery LaneFew know more about this area. A real leader in the field. Delivers particularly high quality written work. He is well-respected by all, including the judiciary and opponents. At home before any tribunal - civil or criminal. A good communicator and very responsive. A real team player who is willing to put himself out to deliver for those instructing him.
Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersAn utterly tenacious advocate.
David Perry QC - 6KBW College HillA silk who combines superb knowledge with a reassuring, yet confident, manner.
Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn outstanding advocate and adviser. He has a charming courtroom manner, always holding the court’s attention and, as a deputy high court judge, he knows how to pitch a case perfectly. An absolute delight to work with.

2019 Silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court ChambersIncisive, intellectual and hard working, with excellent knowledge of POCA issues.

2021 Silks

Andrew Bird QC - 5 St Andrews HillHe combines hands-on expertise with detailed legal knowledge to provide insightful advice.
Nathaniel Rudolf QC - 25 Bedford RowHe has a brilliant eye for detail.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Convey - 33 Chancery LaneHe is a tenacious advocate, prepared to fight and win difficult points when other counsel would throw the towel in. His calm manner and ability to adapt and absorb last minute instructions and late developments in the case from difficult clients was hugely beneficial to the case.
James Fletcher - 5 St Andrews HillHis knowledge of and familiarity with how POCA powers are deployed across the range of enforcement authorities is invaluable.
Barry Stancombe - 33 Chancery LaneA POCA veteran. Exceptionally thorough; dedicated to achieving results; very supportive; covers every angle and leaves nothing to chance; superb communicator; clients always impressed.
Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond BuildingsTechnically excellent, especially as regards proceeds of crime word (POCA), in which he is the best in the field, and a first port of call. Conscientious, and unafraid of taking on difficult points. Excellent manner with clients, cool, calm and efficient.
Rachel Barnes - Three Raymond BuildingsA phenomenally bright barrister. Rachel's intellectual grasp of this thorny area of law make her a good choice in complex cases. Her written advocacy is faultless and her oral advocacy clear and concise.
Alexander Cook - 4 Stone BuildingsVery bright, persuasive, and determined.
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersIncredibly bright with an engaging court manner.
Lisa Freeman - Furnival ChambersShe has a razor-sharp intellect and her advice is robust and pragmatic; a POCA expert.
Fiona Jackson - 33 Chancery LaneFiona is truly an expert in the world of POCA and asset forfeiture. A pragmatic barrister with an encyclopaedic mind. One of my go-to counsel for complex confiscation matters.
Penelope Small - 33 Chancery LaneSuperb writing skills. Legal submissions are clear and concise. Works incredibly efficiently. Incredibly diligent and hard working. A no-nonsense approach that is appreciated by clients and solicitors. My go-to counsel for complex POCA cases.
Ian Smith - 33 Chancery LaneIan is very enthusiastic and friendly outside of court, but a firm advocate in trial. Strong knowledge of POCA. Hard working and good preparation undertaken.
John Carl Townsend - 33 Chancery LaneA very gifted and hard working barrister. He is a true specialist in the field of POCA and asset forfeiture including civil recovery. His knowledge of case law and procedure is second to none. He has considerable negotiating skills which he uses to good effect with law enforcement agencies.
Sarah Wood - 5 St Andrews HillShe is a superb lawyer and sees points of admissibility that others do not. The best of her generation in terms of effort and ability. As an advocate she is direct, calm and makes the point really effectively.
Anita Clifford - Bright Line LawAn impressive performer.
Catherine Collins - 33 Chancery LaneCatherine is a formidable barrister. Her tenacity and absolute commitment to her clients allows her to win the unwinnable. Her written advice is truly top-end and her persuasive manner is a tribute to her flawless preparation. She knows her cases back to front.
Eleanor Davison - Fountain Court ChambersEnergetic, intellectual and decisive. She has a good knowledge of substantive law in this area and solicitors like her approach.
Tim Green - Henderson ChambersA compelling advocate with an excellent work ethic. A real thinker, who takes time to consider the overall position rather than rushing into making a decision.
William Hays - 6KBW College HillClever, calm and clear-headed.
Barnaby Hone - Drystone ChambersHe has a forensic knowledge of POCA matters, with an unrivalled understanding of complex financial legislation. Barnaby is extremely approachable and helpful and goes the extra mile for those instructing him.
Thomas Hoskins - Foundry ChambersVery hardworking, and highly experienced in civil recovery proceedings.
Paul Jarvis - 6KBW College HillErudite, amicable and level-headed.
Anne Jeavons - 3 Verulam BuildingsEnergetic, bright and methodical.
Jonathan Lennon - Doughty Street ChambersAn astute barrister.
Michael Newbold - Foundry ChambersHe provides clear and concise advice. He is very knowledgeable with regard to all matters relating to the Proceeds of Crime. I have found him to be very approachable and helpful.
Faisal Osman - 33 Chancery LaneFaisal is one of the most relatable and easy to work with barristers we ever had to work with. Affable, polite, always reachable and deeply knowledgeable in his field.
Geoffrey Payne - 25 Bedford RowMeticulous and unflappable, with excellent client care skills.
Gary Pons - 5 St Andrews HillExcellent analytical mind able to condense vast quantities of complex material and provide timely and top quality advice. Outstanding advocate.
Oliver Powell - Outer Temple ChambersVery diligent, enthusiastic and personable. Instils you with confidence that they know the law and relevant material well and have sensible comments on how it can be applied in practice.
Tom Rainsbury - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘He fights fearlessly for his clients in court. He is regularly instructed in heavyweight, cutting-edge cases.
Theodor van Sante - 3 Verulam BuildingsA junior with a powerful brain.

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

The Proceeds Of Crime Act And Asset Forfeiture section has a particular focus on individual lawyers who specialise in post-conviction litigation. In addition, it includes other asset forfeiture proceedings, 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.

33 Chancery Lane

The 'excellent33 Chancery Lane is viewed as a 'go-to set for POCA and asset forfeiture work', with 'great strength in depth' and housing members with 'exceptional expertise'. Of note, Christopher Convey represented Zain Qaiser in confiscation proceedings following Qaiser's conviction for cybercrime and blackmail in 2019; Convey successfully reduced the amount to be repaid from a multimillion-pound figure to £270,000. Strengthening the POCA team in chambers, July 2020 saw John Carl Townsend join from Carmelite Chambers.

6KBW College Hill

6KBW College Hill's members' caseloads include unexplained wealth orders (UWOs), confiscation proceedings, restraint orders and account freezing orders (AFOs). In one example of recent work, Paul Jarvis is acting in R v David and Susan Stansbury, where a husband and wife were convicted of failing to comply with an enforcement notice to tear down an illegally built block of residential flats. The couple had earned over £315,000 in rent payments, which are now subject to confiscation proceedings.

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings' members have been kept busy this past year advising on restraint orders, account freezing orders (AFOs), and confiscation proceedings, to name but a few areas. Of particular note, Rachel Barnes represents the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the ongoing case of R v Saunders, Strubel and Steinberg, concerning contested confiscation proceedings arising from a £78m investment fraud.

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings 'is an increasing force in POCA work and asset forfeiture'. The set is well known for its strength in assisting the National Crime Agency (NCA) with civil recovery proceedings, and Andrew Sutcliffe QC has solid experience in assisting the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) with proceeds of crime cases spanning multiple jurisdictions.

5 St Andrews Hill

The 'excellent5 St Andrews Hill houses 'highly regarded barristers for POCA work', according to instructing solicitors. In a recent highlight, James Fletcher acted for the National Crime Agency (NCA) in its first contested account forfeiture orders against three bank accounts, with an aggregate value of £500,000, held in the name of Vlad Filat. The court permitted the forfeiture on finding that the money was derived from Filat's father, the ex-Moldovan prime minister convicted of bribery and corruption offences in 2016 for his role in the disappearance of $1bn from three Moldovan banks. The court also took into consideration the possibility that the funds were derived from money laundering.