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Gary Pons

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5 St Andrews Hill (Chambers of David Josse QC)

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Gary Pons practises in crime and business crime, asset recovery, civil fraud and confiscation, insolvency & bankruptcy proceedings, extradition & international and professional discipline & regulatory law.


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

Gary is ranked in Chambers and Partners as a band 3 leader in the field of POCA and Asset Forfeiture work (all circuits) and is also ranked as a band 5 leader in the field of criminal law (London Bar). 

Chambers and Partners 2018 says Gary: "handles serious confiscation cases and is an expert on cash forfeiture. He is praised for his fluency in Spanish, which comes in useful when he is handling multi-jurisdictional cases involving Spanish-speaking countries."

"He's very detail-oriented and his level of commitment is great." 

Chambers and Partners 2018.

He is highly proficient in cases involving asset forfeiture and confiscation and recently represented the interests of Sarah Tighe (the wife of Tom Hayes: convicted of manipulating LIBOR rates) in confiscation proceedings.

"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."

Gary has experience in international criminal cases having acted in a high profile case at the Tribunal of the First Judicial Circuit, South, in Costa Rica. He was part of an international defence team who successfully represented Ann Patton in relation to an allegation that she murdered her husband, the successful Wall Street trader John Bender. Gary is fluent in Spanish which enabled him to play an active part in the preparation as well as assisting the legal teams with interpreting legal documentation that formed the basis of the case. Click here to read the Daily Mail news article.

His experience in complex financial crime and asset forfeiture has allowed Gary to develop his practice over the years. He acted for the Claimant in the trial of the enforcement of a $2 million US Judgment in the High Court.

He has advised on multi-jurisdictional asset recovery cases involving off-shore trusts.

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

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

  • Criminal Aspects of Corporate Insolvency.
  • Making and Enforcing Confiscation Orders.
  • Recent Developments in Cash Forfeiture.
  • Money Laundering Prosecutions.
  • Licensing Law.
  • SEV and Gambling Law


Gary was called to the Bar in 1993.

Gary is a Grade 3 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutor.
Gary is on the approved CPS list of Rape advocates.
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).


Gary is fluent in Spanish.


  • Grays Inn.
  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • South Eastern Circuit.
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.
  • Fraud Lawyers Association.


  • 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.

London Bar

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

Within: Leading Juniors

Gary Pons - 5 St Andrews Hill ‘ He is very conscientious and provides clear, concise advice. ’

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

5 St Andrews Hill's team counts confiscation cases as a backbone of its POCA practice. Gary Pons appeared in the Court of Appeal in R v Moss, a case that considered whether a domestic confiscation order could be enforced in an EU member state. The key issues of the case were whether a certificate could be applied to a confiscation order issued before the Criminal Justice and Data Protection (Protocol No. 36) Regulations came into force in 2014, and secondly, whether the asset in question would need to be traceable proceeds of crime. Recommended for confiscation orders in relation to fraud and matrimonial work, Sarah Wood represented the wife of Tom Hayes, the UBS trader convicted of manipulating Libor in 2015, in her section 10A application before Cooke J, while James Fletcher represented Mr Hayes in the appeal against the confiscation of their home by seeking to argue that the joint purchase of the marital home had not been a tainted gift.

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