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Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC

Work 020 7440 9950
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Catherine Collins

Work 020 7440 9950
33 Chancery Lane (Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC)


Catherine's practice encompasses all aspects of financial wrongdoing.  Her serious fraud experience includes being instructed as second junior for Tom Hayes in the SFO prosecution for offences related to “rigging” LIBOR and as junior in a fraud and corruption case.  She has also provided written advice to the British High Commission arising from a Jamaican corruption case. Catherine has acted for the Specialist Fraud division of the CPS in various matters, including the successful prosecution of an NHS accountant for a substantial fraud upon the NHS.  Experience in these matters has enabled Catherine to analyse and manage material in substantial and complex financial cases. 

Catherine has acted, led and alone, in various high profile cases on behalf on the Metropolitan Police, advising in relation to warrants, production orders and judicial review matters connected thereto. 

Catherine has undertaken a variety of work for the prosecution, defence and third parties at all stages of asset recovery proceedings, from cash seizure, restraint and confiscation through to enforcement and receivership.  She regularly advises on, and assists in, the preparation of written statements for the purposes of asset recovery proceedings and is familiar with applications under s.22 and s.23 POCA.

Catherine’s civil practice encompasses fraud, receivership, insolvency and asset recovery.  She has undertaken work for the Official Solicitor in Civil recovery proceedings and has appeared in the First Tier Tribunal in tax matters.

In addition, Catherine represents the interests of individuals affected by criminal proceedings, including those affected by witness summonses or confiscation.


Proceeds of Crime Lawyers' Association, Female Fraud Forum

London Bar

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

Undoubtedly number one in this practice area’, 33 Chancery Lanecertainly leads in POCA and asset forefeiture cases’. The set had a large number of members involved on various sides of confiscation proceedings in the wake of the conviction of Ketan Somaia, who was found guilty of various forms of fraud and subjected to a £20.5m confiscation order. The matter went to the Court of Appeal to consider whether confiscation was possible after a privately-prosecuted conviction (Kennedy Talbot QC, Catherine Collins and Ian Smith for the prosecution, Penelope Small for the defendant, and Martin Evans QC, Barry Stancombe and Fiona Jackson for various third parties). In addition, eight members, including some of the aforementioned, have been involved representing parties such as the Serious Fraud Office in multi-jurisdictional litigation concerning Gerald Smith, who was convicted in 2007 of a £35m fraud.

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