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33 Chancery Lane > The Legal 500 Rankings
The 'excellent' 33 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.
Viewed as 'a go-to set for cases with a strong proceeds of crime element', 33 Chancery Lane is also 'extremely strong on business crime'; members act for companies and individuals in SFO investigations and corruption cases. The 'superb' Amanda Pinto QC, recently appointed Chair of the Bar, is 'an impressive, strategic, and focused leader' who 'oozes charm and gravitas'; 'nothing escapes her notice or her consideration'.
Fraud: crime Tier 3
'Well run, slick, and commercial', 33 Chancery Lane is 'a top-quality chambers' with 'strength in depth' with a reputation for being 'one of the more specialised sets in the fraud world'. Members have been kept busy of late handling tax frauds, money laundering cases, MTIC and VAT frauds, and boiler room scams.
The clerks are very good. Responsive and helpful.
Brilliant. Very fast and very responsive.
Excellent – Martin, the senior clerk, in particular is very impressive.
Very good clerks room. Martin, the senior clerk, is not only very efficient but is also knowledgeable in the area of law himself!
Martin Adams and Chris Chiles are excellent.
Superb clerks’ room. Well organised and well run. Martin Adams and the team do a fantastic job. Very responsive and always ready to find solutions to problems. Good knowledge of what members are up to. Martin Adams really understands what is important to clients.
The “go to” set for POCA work and asset recovery. Great strength and depth, together with unsurpassed expertise.
The leading set in POCA and asset forfeiture. Second to none. Well-run and slick, as well as very commercial.
Extremely slick, well-run and commercial. Definitely the premier set for POCA and business crime.
33 Chancery Lane is the go-to set for POCA and asset forfeiture work, as well as financial crime generally.
33 Chancery Lane is a go to set for cases with a strong international and proceeds of crime element. They arrange an annual conference which has become a fixture in the legal calendar for white collar practitioners.
33 Chancery Lane > Set Profile
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.
|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)|
|John Black QC||Over many years John Black has maintained a distinctive specialist practice split…||View Profile|
|Graham Brodie QC||Graham Brodie QC specialises in civil and criminal litigation arising out of…||View Profile|
|Abigail Coghill-Smith||Abigail Coghill-Smith (née Barber) principal areas of practice are civil and criminal fraud, money…||View Profile|
|Catherine Collins||View Profile|
|Christopher Convey||Practices in the areas of national and international commercial wrongdoing including fraud,…||View Profile|
|Martin Evans QC||Specialises in all aspects of the law relating to criminal and civil…||View Profile|
|Harpreet Giani||Harpreet is an experienced litigator, with 18 years of litigation experience in…||View Profile|
|Fiona Jackson||Fiona Jackson practises in the areas of domestic and international fraud and…||View Profile|
|Keith Mitchell||Keith has long been recognised for his expertise in defence fraud and…||View Profile|
|Andrew Mitchell QC||Specialises in advising and representing clients international and domestically in civil and…||View Profile|
|Faisal Osman||Faisal advises and acts in the civil and criminal commercial wrongdoing disputes…||View Profile|
|Amanda Pinto QC||View Profile|
|Mark Rainsford QC||An internationally pre-eminent silk specialising in corporate crime, civil fraud, commercial fraud,…||View Profile|
|Linda Saunt||As a mediator Linda is accredited by ADR Group for both commercial…||View Profile|
|Penelope Small||Penelope Small regularly appears in both the High Court and Crown…||View Profile|
|Ian Smith||Ian works across a spectrum of commercial fraud, cyber fraud and misconduct…||View Profile|
|Barry Stancombe||Specialist in asset recovery and proceeds of crime particularly in the areas…||View Profile|
|Kennedy Talbot QC||Kennedy Talbot QC’s practice areas are Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 civil…||View Profile|
|Alistair Webster QC||Having taken silk in 1995, when he was only 41. Since then,…||View Profile|