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33 Chancery Lane
33 Chancery Lane

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture Tier 1

'Very strong' set 33 Chancery Lane is 'a leader in POCA proceedings', housing a group of barristers with 'a wealth of experience', according to instructing solicitors. In a prominent highlight for the set, Kennedy Talbot QC is representing the Serious Fraud Office in the Commercial Court regarding the enforcement of a confiscation order worth over £66m against Gerald Smith, who was convicted of fraud in 2006.

Leading Silks

Andrew Mitchell QC - 33 Chancery LaneA leading authority on POCA matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
Graham Brodie QC - 33 Chancery LaneA silk with a prodigious intellect.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Rainsford QC - 33 Chancery LaneA brilliant strategist.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kennedy Talbot QC - 33 Chancery LaneUnflappable, measured and logical.
Ranked: Tier 2
Martin Evans QC - 33 Chancery LaneHis practice covers the full range of POCA matters.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Christopher Convey - 33 Chancery LaneNoted for representing third-party interests in complex confiscation and recovery proceedings.
Ranked: Tier 1
Barry Stancombe - 33 Chancery LaneAn accomplished advocate with first-rate analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 1
Fiona Jackson - 33 Chancery LaneA very hardworking barrister who exudes charm.
Ranked: Tier 2
Penelope Small - 33 Chancery LaneVery experienced in asset confiscation and recovery cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Smith - 33 Chancery LaneHe combines detailed advice with commercial understanding.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Collins - 33 Chancery LaneNoted for her experience in asset recovery cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Faisal Osman - 33 Chancery LaneAn indefatigable and charming junior.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Carl Townsend -33 Chancery LaneHe acts for defendants in confiscation proceedings.
Ranked: Tier 3

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 3

Noted for being 'very strong in financial crime', 33 Chancery Lane has established strength in proceeds of crime cases, while on the business crime side, the group's recent workload includes Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations and corruption cases. Amanda Pinto QC defended a former Barclays rate submitter against the SFO concerning alleged manipulation of her submissions to the calculation of Euribor; the defendant was acquitted.

Leading Silks

Mark Rainsford QC - 33 Chancery LaneExceptionally hardworking with an instinctive approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Graham Brodie QC - 33 Chancery LaneAn advocate with great gravitas.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Mitchell QC - 33 Chancery LaneA very user-friendly silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Amanda Pinto QC - 33 Chancery LaneA heavyweight advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Christopher Convey - 33 Chancery LaneDiligent and client-focused.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: crime Tier 3

Leading Silks

Graham Brodie QC - 33 Chancery LaneHe has a searing intellect.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Mitchell QC - 33 Chancery LaneA very accessible silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Keith Mitchell - 33 Chancery LaneHe is excellent before a jury.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ian Smith - 33 Chancery LaneA go-to junior; suitably cautious and painstaking in getting the evidence right for freezer applications and pleadings, which always pays dividends.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

33 Chancery Lane is ‘a very strong’ set for white collar crime and POCA instructions. The clerks’ room is ‘hardworking and always deliver very suitable solutions to problems’. Practice director Martin Adams is ‘a marvellous clerk and extremely helpful’. Deputy practice manager Chris Chiles and second deputy Oliver Carroll ‘can never do enough to make you feel welcome and important to chambers’. Offices in: London


This internationally renowned set specialises in commercial and financial wrongdoing, including asset forfeiture, bribery and corruption, civil recovery, company and insolvency work, fraud, investigative law, money laundering, public access, and regulatory law.

The set: With an unrivalled, proven track record at its foundation, the set is an acknowledged leader in its field in the UK and overseas. Its members pride themselves on providing approachable, responsive and supportive cradle-to-grave litigation strategies, leading to elegant, simple and common-sense solutions.

The set places significant emphasis on client care and procedures. It has acted for governments, corporations and individuals around the world, including the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Abu Dhabi, Dubai (DIFC), India, the US, Australia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Canada, Argentina, China, Seychelles, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey, The Isle of Man, Denmark, Pakistan, Singapore, Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands, and Northern Ireland. Members appear in tribunals, arbitrations, mediations, appeals or at first instance, domestically and throughout the common law world.

Twelve members have been appointed to the specialist SFO PoCA and Prosecution Lists. Members include the authors of Corporate Criminal Liability and the leading text on confiscation and asset forfeiture: Mitchell, Taylor and Talbot and Criminal Confiscation and Civil Recovery. Members also contribute to Archbold (the money laundering chapter), The White Book, Blackstone’s and Administrative Court Practice and Procedure. Another Member is the lead author of Smith & Shepherd, Commercial and Cyber Fraud: a Legal Guide to Justice for Businesses as well as the author of A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial and Cyber Fraud: Claiming Compensation in the Civil and Criminal Courts.

Types of work undertaken: Asset forfeiture is a major specialism. Members are regularly instructed by prosecuting authorities, defendants and interested parties. They frequently make applications applying for, discharging or varying restraint orders. Members regularly appear in applications to discharge or vary Account Freezing Orders (AFO) and Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWO) as well as applications relating to Moratorium Period Extensions. They handle competing claims between ancillary relief applications flowing from divorce and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, as well as high-value confiscation proceedings at the Crown Court involving assets in and outside the jurisdiction, including hidden asset cases.

Bribery and corruption expertise includes UK Bribery Act matters as well as overseas legislation. Members have appeared in many civil recovery proceedings and are retained by the CPS and SFO as well as respondents to advise upon and act in the development of the latest jurisprudence.

Members often appear on behalf of corporate personalities, company directors and liquidators regarding financial wrongdoing matters and are instructed in regular insolvency work and company law actions, such as unfair prejudice claims and derivative actions on behalf of minority shareholders, including actions against directors for breach of their statutory duties.

Fraud is a notable area of expertise. Members are routinely instructed in pre-charge or pre-action issues, such as freezing/restraint orders, drafting claims and defences, judicial review of investigative decisions, multi-jurisdictional issues, ADR, and private funding strategy. They are instructed to defend and prosecute in cases of the highest complexity brought by the SFO, FCA, NCA, CPS and other agencies. Investigative law expertise includes search warrants, production orders and witness summonses.

Members of 33 Chancery Lane have been at the forefront of legal practice in money laundering for decades and continue to act in the most complex cases domestically and overseas, as well as delivering personalised training and education to professionals in the field. Members have been advising numerous investors and financial institutions in matters concerning money laundering obligations arising out of the emerging cannabis market in Canada.

The set is also a leader in proceedings before financial and professional regulatory bodies, including enforcement, mediation and settlement. Members frequently appear before professional disciplinary bodies.


Department Name Email Telephone
Members of Chambers TALBOT QC, Kennedy (1984)
Members of Chambers WEBSTER QC, Alistair (1976)
Members of Chambers BLACK QC, John (1975)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL QC, Andrew (1976)
Members of Chambers PINTO QC, Amanda (1983)
Members of Chambers RAINSFORD QC, Mark (1985)
Members of Chambers BRODIE QC, Graham (1989)
Members of Chambers EVANS QC, Martin (1989)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL, Keith (1981)
Members of Chambers STANCOMBE, Barry (1983)
Members of Chambers SAUNT, Linda (1986)
Members of Chambers SMALL, Penelope (1992)
Members of Chambers CONVEY, Christopher (1994)
Members of Chambers COGHILL-SMITH, Abigail (1997)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Fiona (1998)
Members of Chambers OSMAN, Faisal (2002)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Ian (2003)
Members of Chambers GIANI, Harpreet (2006)
Members of Chambers COLLINS, Catherine (2010)
Photo Name Position Profile
 John Black QC photo John Black QC Over many years John Black has maintained a distinctive specialist practice split…
 Graham Brodie QC photo Graham Brodie QC Graham Brodie QC specialises in civil and criminal litigation arising out of…
 Abigail Coghill-Smith  photo Abigail Coghill-Smith Abigail Coghill-Smith (née Barber) principal areas of practice are civil and criminal fraud, money…
 Catherine Collins  photo Catherine Collins
 Christopher Convey  photo Christopher Convey Practices in the areas of national and international commercial wrongdoing including fraud,…
 Martin Evans QC photo Martin Evans QC Specialises in all aspects of the law relating to criminal and civil…
 Harpreet Giani  photo Harpreet Giani Harpreet is an experienced litigator, with 18 years of litigation experience in…
 Fiona Jackson  photo Fiona Jackson Fiona Jackson practises in the areas of domestic and international fraud and…
 Keith Mitchell  photo Keith Mitchell Keith has long been recognised for his expertise in defence fraud and…
 Andrew Mitchell QC photo Andrew Mitchell QC Specialises in advising and representing clients international and domestically in civil and…
 Faisal Osman  photo Faisal Osman Faisal advises and acts in the civil and criminal commercial wrongdoing disputes…
 Amanda Pinto QC photo Amanda Pinto QC
 Mark Rainsford QC photo Mark Rainsford QC An internationally pre-eminent silk specialising in corporate crime, civil fraud, commercial fraud,…
 Linda Saunt  photo Linda Saunt As a mediator Linda is accredited by ADR Group for both commercial…
 Penelope Small  photo Penelope Small   Penelope Small regularly appears in both the High Court and Crown…
 Ian Smith  photo Ian Smith Ian works across a spectrum of commercial fraud, cyber fraud and misconduct…
 Barry Stancombe  photo Barry Stancombe Specialist in asset recovery and proceeds of crime particularly in the areas…
 Kennedy Talbot QC photo Kennedy Talbot QC Kennedy Talbot QC’s practice areas are Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 civil…
 Alistair Webster QC photo Alistair Webster QC Having taken silk in 1995, when he was only 41. Since then,…