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33 Chancery Lane
33 Chancery Lane

Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture Tier 1

The 'excellent33 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.

Leading Silks

Andrew Mitchell QC - 33 Chancery LaneA leading authority for POCA-related work.
Ranked: Tier 1
Graham Brodie QC - 33 Chancery LaneA master at strategy. Technically superb on complex POCA matters. Straddles both criminal and civil fraud and he is at the top of the tree in both.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Rainsford QC - 33 Chancery LaneA silk who tactically is best placed to take points that other counsel would shy away from.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kennedy Talbot QC - 33 Chancery LaneExcellent judgement and strong advocacy. Very intellectual in his approach. A subject expert: knowledge of POCA and asset forfeiture is immense and impressive. An exceptional and calm presence in a courtroom. Very approachable and helpful and is a pleasure to work with and learn from.
Ranked: Tier 2
Martin Evans QC - 33 Chancery LaneFew know more about this area. A real leader in the field. Delivers particularly high quality written work. He is well-respected by all, including the judiciary and opponents. At home before any tribunal - civil or criminal. A good communicator and very responsive. A real team player who is willing to put himself out to deliver for those instructing him.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Christopher Convey - 33 Chancery LaneHe is a tenacious advocate, prepared to fight and win difficult points when other counsel would throw the towel in. His calm manner and ability to adapt and absorb last minute instructions and late developments in the case from difficult clients was hugely beneficial to the case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Barry Stancombe - 33 Chancery LaneA POCA veteran. Exceptionally thorough; dedicated to achieving results; very supportive; covers every angle and leaves nothing to chance; superb communicator; clients always impressed.
Ranked: Tier 1
Fiona Jackson - 33 Chancery LaneFiona is truly an expert in the world of POCA and asset forfeiture. A pragmatic barrister with an encyclopaedic mind. One of my go-to counsel for complex confiscation matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Penelope Small - 33 Chancery LaneSuperb writing skills. Legal submissions are clear and concise. Works incredibly efficiently. Incredibly diligent and hard working. A no-nonsense approach that is appreciated by clients and solicitors. My go-to counsel for complex POCA cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Smith - 33 Chancery LaneIan is very enthusiastic and friendly outside of court, but a firm advocate in trial. Strong knowledge of POCA. Hard working and good preparation undertaken.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Carl Townsend - 33 Chancery LaneA very gifted and hard working barrister. He is a true specialist in the field of POCA and asset forfeiture including civil recovery. His knowledge of case law and procedure is second to none. He has considerable negotiating skills which he uses to good effect with law enforcement agencies.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Collins - 33 Chancery LaneCatherine is a formidable barrister. Her tenacity and absolute commitment to her clients allows her to win the unwinnable. Her written advice is truly top-end and her persuasive manner is a tribute to her flawless preparation. She knows her cases back to front.
Ranked: Tier 3
Faisal Osman - 33 Chancery LaneFaisal is one of the most relatable and easy to work with barristers we ever had to work with. Affable, polite, always reachable and deeply knowledgeable in his field.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: civil

Leading Silks

Graham Brodie QC - 33 Chancery LaneGraham has an exceptional intellect and is a master at strategy. He finds creative solutions to extremely complicated problems. His provision of a well-thought out plan of attack in any case - and sticking to it - gives reassurance and structure to the running of a case.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ian Smith - 33 Chancery LaneThe go-to counsel for the crossover between the criminal and civil world, and he really understand the demands on clients from a practical perspective. He pushes and pushes until he has everything he needs and the cases are always the better for it.
Ranked: Tier 2

Faisal Osman - 33 Chancery Lane ‘A great all-rounder. Has carved out a fairly unique practice as counsel and project manager for enforcement projects, which is a fantastic driver of value.

Ranked: Tier 4

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 3

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'.

Leading Silks

Mark Rainsford QC - 33 Chancery LaneAn expert in his field. He thinks outside of the box, tactically and strategically and this ensures fantastic results.
Ranked: Tier 1
Graham Brodie QC - 33 Chancery LaneGraham is an outstanding silk. A commanding advocate with a searing intellect. He is tenacious, tactically shrewd, and finds creative solutions to extremely complicated problems.
Ranked: Tier 2
Amanda Pinto QC - 33 Chancery LaneShe is a leader in every sense. Incisive, industrious, persuasive and formidable.
Ranked: Tier 3

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.

Leading Silks

Graham Brodie QC - 33 Chancery LaneOne of a very select group of silks who specialise in both civil and criminal fraud. He is excellent and a first choice for complex multi-jurisdictional cases involving commercial wrongdoing.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Mitchell QC - 33 Chancery LaneA very accessible silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Rainsford QC - 33 Chancery LaneMark is a very hard working a commercially astute silk. A great strategic thinker. He thinks outside of the box, strategically and tactically so that avenues which otherwise would not be explored are tested to the full.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Christopher Convey - 33 Chancery LaneA determined advocate who is prepared to fight and win difficult points. His hard work ethic and attention to detail is very reassuring to clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

33 Chancery Lane is a leading set for proceeds of crime and asset recovery instructions, as well as having expertise across the rest of the gamut of criminal law work. Amanda Pinto QC has been leading the independent Bar following her appointment as chair of the Bar Council.



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.


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
 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,…