Gary Pons > Chambers of David Josse KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Josse KC
5 St Andrews Hill
LONDON
EC4V 5BZ
England
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An experienced and highly proficient barrister who specialises in complex financial cases often with a multi-jurisdictional element. Ranked in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.

Position

Gary is a talented and dedicated barrister. His approach to cases is distinguished by its careful preparation and measured execution.

Gary is ranked in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for his work in the field of POCA and Asset Forfeiture work (all circuits).

His experience in complex financial crime and asset forfeiture has allowed Gary to develop his practice over the years.

Gary has experience of foreign criminal proceedings having been involved with two high profile cases in Costa Rica. He frequently advises on multi-jurisdictional asset recovery cases.

His practice includes areas such as business crime, asset recovery and civil fraud, insolvency, and licensing.

Chambers & Partners – Proceeds of Crime & Asset Forfeiture:

‘ Gary is ahead of the game in POCA cases and is superb at anticipating opposing arguments before they are even made. A great skill is translating the legal jargon into crystal clear advice in what is a highly technical field. ’

The Legal 500 2022.

‘Excellent analytical mind able to condense vast quantities of complex material and provide timely and top quality advice. Outstanding advocate.’

Chambers and Partners 2021.

“Measured, careful and very good with clients,” “he knows this area of law (POCA & Asset Forfeiture) inside out.”

Chambers and Partners 2020.

 “He’s very detail-oriented and his level of commitment is great.”

Chambers and Partners 2019.

“In court there is no doubt the judge understands what his position is – he is very good on his feet.” “A very approachable person who has the capacity to analyse complicated facts and simplify them.”

Chambers and Partners 2018.

The Legal 500 – Proceeds of Crime & Asset Forfeiture:

‘Excellent analytical mind able to condense vast quantities of complex material and provide timely and top quality advice. Outstanding advocate.’

The Legal 500 2021.

‘Very direct, which helps focus clients’ minds in multi-handed cases.

The Legal 500 2019.

Client Testimonials

“Gary is technically excellent and has a great feel for both tactics and the mood of the court. He also provides excellent client care. I would not hesitate to instruct him again.”

“Mr. Pons was an outstanding selection to represent our case. He was professional, sympathetic to our cause, quickly grasped the critical facts of our case, and clearly explained to us our legal strategy.”

Additional Information

Lectures, seminars and articles

  • Editor of Mitchell Taylor and Talbot on Confiscation and the Proceeds of Crime.
  • Gary regularly writes in Practical Law and for Lexis Nexis.
  • His article on the case of NCA v Baker was published in The Accountant magazine.

Gary provides lectures and seminars on a variety of subjects. He has recently covered the following subjects:

  • Account Freezing Orders.
  • A Webinar on Asset Tracing and Recovery with Jonathan Benton of Intelligent Sanctuary.
  • Podcasts with Get Legally Speaking on Financial Crime, Account Forfeiture & Freezing Orders.
  • Unexplained Wealth Orders.
  • Tainted Gifts
  • Criminal Aspects of Corporate Insolvency.

Gary is a member of the POCLA committee and appeared on the panel of experts at the 2019 POCLA summer forum.

Career

  • Gary was called to the Bar in 1993.
  • Gary is on the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) panel of external counsel: (A Panel) Proceeds of Crime and International Assistance list.
  • Gary is a Grade 3 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutor.
  • Gary is on the approved CPS List of Proceeds of Crime advocates.
  • Sits as Legal Advisor to Royal Borough of Greenwich Licensing Sub-Committee.
  • Band C (10 years’ call and above) appointed advocate for the General Dental Council (GDC).

Languages

Gary is fluent in Spanish.

Memberships

  • Grays Inn.
  • Criminal Bar Association (CBA).
  • South Eastern Circuit (SEC).
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (POCLA).
  • Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA).

Education

  • Inns of Court Law School, Bar Vocational Course.
  • University of Kent at Canterbury: English and Spanish Law.
  • Year at Complutense University in Madrid: Diploma in Spanish Law.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

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.

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.