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3 Raymond Buildings

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture

6 ranked barristersBand 2All CircuitsUK Bar 2021 View ranking table
DEPARTMENT PROFILE

3 Raymond Buildings

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture

6 ranked barristersBand 2All CircuitsUK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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A distinguished set with expertise in both domestic and cross-border POCA matters, whose members represent a variety of clients including prosecuting agencies, third parties and defendants. Barristers here frequently advise on money laundering issues and are instructed in cases concerning civil recovery proceedings, restraint and confiscation. Recent notable cases handled include R v Mazzarello, where a defendant who had absconded to Italy challenged confiscation proceedings worth £50 million. Commentators say: "All at the set are extremely bright and hard-working."

Client service:

"The clerks are beyond helpful. They won't mess you around on fees or availability, and they can't do enough for you." "The clerks, led by senior clerk Eddie Holland, are always helpful and easy to get along with. You can rely on them to give a valuable and honest steer on which counsel to instruct in situations where you don't have a settled preference."

Strengths:

Hugo Keith QC
Barrister with an international POCA practice, who acts on behalf of companies and individuals. He is particularly adept at handling matters involving restraint and Unexplained Wealth Orders. He has additional expertise in sanctions and financial crime cases.
"He extracts essential legal principles from big pieces of casework and presents them in an easily understandable written format." "He has a lovely, smooth advocacy style."
Recent work: Appeared in a forfeiture case relating to the son of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Strengths:

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC
Has a strong focus on fraud and regulatory mandates, and advises on POCA reporting obligations, civil recovery and confiscation proceedings. He acts both for defendants and for the prosecution.
"Jonathan provides strategic advice and is a hard-working, persuasive and forceful advocate." "He's a charming, engaging and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in R v Mazzarello, £50 million contested confiscation proceedings.

Strengths:

Nicholas Yeo
Frequently represents clients in money laundering, confiscation and cash recovery cases, and advises on restraint order applications. He is well regarded for his work on high-value cases with international aspects. Yeo has represented a number of clients before the Court of Appeal.
"He's able to hold his own with the best and is always well prepared." "Nick is great on confiscation and all sorts of ancillary matters."
Recent work: Acted for Malabu Gas and Oil in an application to discharge an USD84 million restraint order arising from an allegedly corrupt oil deal.

Strengths:

Rachel Barnes
A dual-qualified US attorney and English barrister, Barnes specialises in financial crime, restraint and asset confiscation and is experienced in international criminal law. She has a particular focus on prosecution work and is appointed to the SFO POCA Panel, but also represents defendants. Barnes has appeared in the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the Supreme Court.
"Enthusiastic and well organised," "she's forensic in her analysis of the law and extremely hard-working."
Recent work: Instructed by the SFO in R v Hodson, a matter which concerned a £4.5 million confiscation order relating to a £12 million international bribery scheme.

Strengths:

Simon Farrell QC
Has particular expertise in money laundering, corporate crime and tax fraud cases, all of which inform his POCA practice. His expertise covers all stages of POCA work, from restraint and receivership elements through to trial and confiscation, enforcement and asset recovery. He is experienced at representing POCA enforcement agencies, and has recently acted before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
"An extremely charming operator who fully grasps his brief and is alive to all the detail and critical points in a case." "He's a clever, committed, punchy, robust and decisive advocate."
Recent work: Represented Shunjian Jiang in confiscation and criminal proceedings following his guilty plea to money laundering charges.

Strengths:

Stuart Biggs
Has experience of representing the CPS and third parties in High Court proceedings and the Court of Appeal. His recent work includes acting for defendants in confiscation proceedings and cases concerning account freezing orders. Biggs has co-authored Butterworth's New Law Guides: The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
"Knows his way around difficult POCA case law." He's able to take a point in a measured way, advance it without overplaying it and really develop it forcefully."
Recent work: Acted in JCM Media Ltd v City of London Police/Greater Manchester Police. This concerned applications to set aside Asset Freezing Orders concerning a bitcoin brokerage. The largest of these involved an account holding £1.5 million.

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POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture


Hugo Keith QC
Band 3
Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC
Band 3
Simon Farrell QC
Band 1

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POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture


Nicholas Yeo
Band 2
Rachel Barnes
Band 3
Stuart Biggs
Band 3