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5 St Andrew's Hill

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture

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5 St Andrew's Hill

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture

5 ranked barristersBand 2All CircuitsUK Bar 2021 View ranking table

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A set well versed in all POCA issues which garners particular praise for representing clients facing confiscation orders and AFOs. Its barristers often act in multi-jurisdictional matters, and are instructed by a broad range of enforcement receivers, defendants and prosecuting authorities. They have an additional specialism in matters with combined family/matrimonial proceedings. Individuals at the set acted on both sides in NCA v Filat, the first contested application for an Account Forfeiture Order, and R v Paul Moss, a complex Court of Appeal case. A source comments: "They're good in terms of the service they provide and have a broad range of members who do different kinds of work."

Client service:

"The clerks, headed by Dave Scothern, are very responsive and let us know if there are problems or clashes."

Strengths:

Andrew Bird QC
Exceptional practitioner in the fields of asset recovery and police powers, who is an expert on search warrants and production orders. He is experienced in civil recovery cases, including connected judicial reviews, and is highly sought after by government bodies. Bird additionally represents defendants in complex matters.
"He's a forceful and tenacious advocate on behalf of prosecuting authorities." "Andrew is incredibly user-friendly and has an encyclopedic knowledge of his practice areas."
Recent work: Acted for the FCA in R v Bhandari, Mirza, Moore & Moore, a confiscation and compensation case. It followed convictions for FSMA breaches and fraudulent trading.

Strengths:

Barnaby Hone
Experienced POCA practitioner who garners market recognition for his longstanding expertise in this area, advising both prosecutors and defendants. He was the first barrister to appear in a case concerning an account forfeiture order and has additional experience in restraint orders and confiscation proceedings. He regularly publishes articles on POCA-related topics.
"Has a forensic knowledge of the relevant legislation and the approach of enforcing authorities." "He's good at cross-examination and has a nice manner with clients."

Strengths:

Gary Pons
Handles serious confiscation cases and is an expert on cash forfeiture. He represents both defendants as well as prosecuting authorities, and is well versed in handling asset recovery matters both in the UK and internationally.
"A pragmatic hard worker." "He's good at stripping fairly complex issues down to the nuts and bolts of the problem."
Recent work: Represented Christine Mitchell in confiscation proceedings following her conviction together with Mamas & Papas for product safety offences relating to car seats.

Strengths:

James Fletcher
Assists the CPS and NCA with asset forfeiture and restraint cases. He regularly advises HMRC and specialist defence bodies on freezing and confiscation orders and acts in cases concerning enforcement, money laundering and search warrants. Fletcher has experience in handling appeal cases.
"He can identify the central issues in a case quickly and adopts a really strategic approach. A good communicator, he is highly responsive to our needs." "He's an engaging, un-pompous and straightforward advocate who gets his point across well."
Recent work: Instructed in NCA v Vlad Filat, which involved the prosecuting agency's first contested application for account forfeiture orders. £500,000, which was considered to come from money laundering, was forfeited from three bank accounts.

Strengths:

Sarah Wood
Garners convincing market feedback due to her presence in notable POCA cases. In line with her expertise in family financial disputes, she displays particular knowledge when it comes to contemporaneous confiscation and family ancillary relief proceedings. Wood is instructed in confiscation proceedings both by prosecuting authorities and by individual defendants.
"She is experienced in, and can give a holistic overview of, both civil and criminal matters." "Incisive and bright, she makes convincing submissions and doesn't waste time on points that don't matter."
Recent work: Acted for the CPS intervening in A v A, a case turning on the question of which criminally acquired assets ought to be included in the marital pot of assets for division by the Family Court.

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