Abigail Coghill-Smith > 33 Chancery Lane > London, England > Lawyer Profile

33 Chancery Lane
33 Chancery Lane
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Abigail Coghill-Smith (née Barber) principal areas of practice are civil and criminal fraud, money laundering, confiscation, receiverships and asset forfeiture and recovery.

Abigail has appeared for companies, individuals, Receivers and for government agencies in a range of courts including the House of Lords (as it then was), the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court. 

She has particular expertise dealing with restraint and freezing orders and receiverships. Her experience includes advising and representing defendants who simultaneously face criminal justice proceedings and insolvency or bankruptcy proceedings and she has extensive experience of the overlap of matrimonial proceedings and criminal justice act receiverships. Abigail has considerable experience running prosecutions involving prosecuting agencies with particular emphasis on cooperation with third parties.

Abigail Coghill-Smith is regarded as one of the foremost experts in proceeds of crime and regulatory compliance issues. In addition, she regularly lectures and advises blue-chip companies and enforcement agencies on developments and compliance in new fraud and money-laundering legislation. More recently Abigail spoke at a two-day conference organised by The Serious & Organised Crime Exchange [SOCEX] in Nottingham on “Joint Obtaining & Multiple Recovery: Some Lessons From Ahmad And The Supreme Court Ruling”, and she lectured on “Tracing, restraining and confiscating, or freezing and recovering overseas assets and repatriating their value to the UK through mutual assistance and mutual legal assistance” for the City of London Police and Metropolitan Police at their ACE Team Leaders’ Conference at the City of London’s Guildhall.

She is a contributing editor for the confiscation and receivership chapters of Confiscation and the Proceeds of Crime, Mitchell, Taylor and Talbot.


Called 1997.