Set Profile > 33 Chancery Lane > London, England

33 Chancery Lane
33 Chancery Lane
LONDON
WC2A 1EN
England

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture Tier 1

Recognised as ‘the go-to set for POCA and asset forfeiture work’, the barristers at 33 Chancery Lane act for regulatory bodies, defendants, prosecuting agencies, and companies in proceeds of crime and asset forfeiture matters. Kennedy Talbot QC, known for his work on high-profile precedent-setting cases in this space, currently leads Catherine Collins in an SFO investigation into the collapse of London Capital & Finance (LCF) in restraint and related civil proceedings. In R v. Othman Louanjli, Mark Rainsford QC represents an investment banker awaiting sentence for laundering money stolen from the owner of an energy corporation. Martin Evans QC is currently acting in multiple cases before the Supreme Court, including Andrewes, which involves confiscation proceedings brought by the CPS. In addition, in R v Baldwin, Fiona Jackson was instructed by the FCA in a confiscation application where a defendant convicted of money laundering fled the country and is still at large.

Leading Silks

Kennedy Talbot QC - 33 Chancery LaneHe has an unrivaled expertise but most importantly, remains commercial and able of explaining difficult legal concepts in a meaningful way that clients can understand. He is always willing to chat matters through on an informal basis and will provide early stage advice without charge. He has become the go-to barrister for AML issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Graham Brodie QC - 33 Chancery LaneA winning combination of prodigious intellect, common-sense practicality, superb client handling skills and highly persuasive advocacy – at the very top of the tree.
Ranked: Tier 2
Martin Evans QC - 33 Chancery LaneVery personable and able to give clear, practical advice in short order. Very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Mitchell QC - 33 Chancery LaneAndrew is an absolute force of nature. Incredibly user-friendly and peerless in POCA and related matters. He inspires confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Rainsford QC - 33 Chancery LaneHis strengths include a complete willingness to listen to all team members before giving clear and persuasive advice. Exceptionally friendly to work with. Highly-respected, very hard working and extremely knowledgeable in this area of law and practice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Fiona Jackson - 33 Chancery LaneA well-prepared and very knowledgeable senior junior who will surely take silk in the next few years.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Smith - 33 Chancery LaneIan is very knowledgeable about, and experienced in the practical application of the Proceeds of Crime legislation and AML law generally. He is calm under pressure, thoughtful but robust in his advice, and sensitive to the commercial realities of relevant transactions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Barry Stancombe - 33 Chancery LaneBarry's written work is of an exceptional high quality and he never fails to impress in his oral advocacy. A hugely talented counsel, who has an admirable reputation in the fields that he practices in and is thoroughly pragmatic in his approach. Excels in cross border and challenging cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine Collins - 33 Chancery LaneCatherine immerses herself in cases she is instructed on and can recall information accurately at will. She does not leave anything to chance and will have considered all options and all eventualities to ensure that her client has the best chance of prevailing unscathed. From company directors to those with limited means, expect Catherine to give her all to your case. You would definitely want Catherine in your corner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
John Carl Townsend - 33 Chancery LaneVery bright and able, incisive and has a good grasp of procedure in the practice areas listed above. He works tirelessly to do the best for clients and has handled difficult cases well.
Ranked: Tier 2
Faisal Osman - 33 Chancery LaneExtremely well-organised, precise, analytical, easy to work with and able to use technology to the advantage of the case - other counsel find his technological solutions invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

’33 Chancery Lane is a leading POCA and commercial set with good counsel.’

‘The go-to set for POCA and asset forfeiture work. Excellent strength in depth.’

‘Excellent set. Very good quality counsel. Simply the best at POCA work.’

‘Excellent set, very friendly and eager to assist.’

‘The leading set on restraint, forfeiture, and confiscation, both civil and criminal. Strong on commercial fraud. Wide experience of foreign jurisdictions.’

Clerking

‘Martin Adams stands out, is accommodating and quick off the mark.’

‘Excellent service and very good clerking system.’

‘Great service from all including the clerks. Genuinely care about getting the best results for clients and highly adaptable and commercial.’

‘Chris Chiles is very helpful.’

‘Great attentive service. Emails and calls are responded to very quickly even when last-minute changes occur during the lifetime of a matter.’

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 3

33 Chancery Lane is an ‘extremely strong set’ traditionally known for its POCA expertise, but its members are also adept at handling all stages of agency investigations and proceedings involving allegations of money laundering, fraud, and bribery and corruption, among others. Members of chambers are highly active in SFO and HMRC investigations in particular; chair of the Bar Amanda Pinto QC is instructed by the SFO in relation to the aftermath of its Global Forestry Investments investigation.

Leading Silks

Mark Rainsford QC - 33 Chancery LaneMark demonstrates command of his brief, looks outside of the box, with a willingness to always go the extra mile. He is extremely good with clients and provides the reassurance as required. An outstanding silk with a keen eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Graham Brodie QC - 33 Chancery LaneGraham’s imagination is second to none. He is like a creative midfielder: able to see everything from above, and work out where the best avenues of success might be. His ideas are often akin to legal alchemy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Amanda Pinto QC - 33 Chancery LaneA charming polished advocate with superb judgement and great experience; always meticulously prepared; clients love her; prodigiously clever.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Extremely strong set, with an array of talent across a range of topics.’

‘33 is the go-to set for all matters relating to financial crime and AML. Their annual financial crime seminar day is fantastic.’

‘An excellent set experienced in business and regulatory crime. Best for anything POCA-related.’

‘Everyone there is very clever and tactically astute.’

Clerking

‘Clerks have always demonstrated a willingness to facilitate whatever required, even at very short notice.’

‘Martin Adams is a pleasure to deal with and makes fee discussions straightforward and comfortable.’

‘Chris Chiles goes above and beyond having gone out of his way to deliver documents to me on his way home!’

‘Martin Adams and Chris Chiles are wonderful.’

London Bar > Fraud: crime Tier 3

The set at 33 Chancery Lane ‘has a unique array of talent‘ who both prosecute and defend in major fraud trials. Past work includes handling tax fraud, money laundering, and boiler room scams, areas meshing well with the set’s expertise in onshore and cross-border financial crime. Alastair Webster QC is often involved in sensitive civil and criminal fraud cases, including a case concerning an alleged £80m postal fraud in which which he represents a principal defendant. John Carl Townsend joined chambers from Mountford Chambers in June 2020.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Rainsford QC33 Chancery LaneMark has a keen eye for detail and is prepared to look outside of the box. He is always determined to achieve the best outcome for clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Mitchell QC - 33 Chancery LaneAndrew is fantastic - clever, easy to work with, forceful in submissions and great on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alistair Webster QC33 Chancery LaneAlistair is always meticulously prepared, and his legal acumen is of the highest level.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Graham Brodie QC33 Chancery LaneAn expert in all money laundering matters. Outstanding from a tactical and strategic perspective.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Christopher Convey33 Chancery LaneChristopher’s knowledge and application of the law is outstanding. An excellent advocate and a brilliant strategist.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

33 Chancery Lane has a unique array of talent across many disciplines.’

Undoubtedly the go-to set for money-laundering and associated issues.’

Service has been first rate. Clerks room always willing to help.’

London Bar > Crime

London Bar > Fraud: civil

Leading Silks

Graham Brodie QC - 33 Chancery LaneOne of a small number of leading silks in business crime and fraud, uniquely able to straddle civil and criminal cases. An expert in all POCA, asset forfeiture and money laundering matters. Outstanding from a tactical and strategic perspective.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ian Smith33 Chancery LaneHe is calm under pressure, thoughtful but robust in his advice, and sensitive to the commercial realities.
Ranked: Tier 2
Faisal Osman - 33 Chancery LaneFaisal is absolutely standout. He has huge experience of the civil and criminal fields, he is terrific with clients, his courtroom manner is exceptional, and he has a unique ability just to get on with it and to get the job done.
Ranked: Tier 3

 

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, civil and criminal, are notable areas 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 matters, ADR, and other issues. Members are instructed to defend and prosecute in cases of the highest complexity brought by the SFO, FCA, NCA, CPS and other agencies as well as act for Claimants or Respondents in complex civil actions. 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 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 STANCOMBE, Barry (1983)
Members of Chambers SAUNT, Linda (1986)
Members of Chambers SMALL, Penelope (1992)
Members of Chambers CONVEY, Christopher (1994)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Fiona (1998)
Members of Chambers OSMAN, Faisal (2002)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Ian (2003)
Members of Chambers TOWNSEND, John Carl (2006)
Members of Chambers COLLINS, Catherine (2010)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Graham Brodie photo Graham Brodie Graham Brodie QC specialises in civil and criminal litigation arising out of…
 Catherine Collins  photo Catherine Collins
 Christopher Convey  photo Christopher Convey Practices in the areas of national and international commercial wrongdoing including fraud,…
 Martin Evans photo Martin Evans Specialises in all aspects of the law relating to criminal and civil…
 Fiona Jackson  photo Fiona Jackson Fiona Jackson practises in the areas of domestic and international fraud and…
 Andrew Mitchell photo Andrew Mitchell Specialises in advising and representing clients international and domestically in civil and…
 Faisal Osman  photo Faisal Osman The core of Faisal’s work relates to domestic and international civil and…
 Amanda Pinto photo Amanda Pinto
 Mark Rainsford photo Mark Rainsford 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 Barry is a specialist in asset forfeiture and proceeds of crime particularly…
 Kennedy Talbot photo Kennedy Talbot Kennedy Talbot QC’s practice areas are Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 civil…
Mr John Carl Townsend photo Mr John Carl Townsend Recognised as a specialist in financial and reputational disputes where there is…
 Alistair Webster photo Alistair Webster Having taken silk in 1995, when he was only 41. Since then,…