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Blackfords LLP

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture

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What the team is known for

Respected firm with a strong reputation for handling high-profile fraud, POCA and asset forfeiture matters. Offers a specialist confiscation and restraint team which handles complex proceeds of crime work. Frequently instructed on matters arising from high-profile criminal frauds, drug supply cases and robberies. Also acts for clients in confiscation and civil recovery proceedings relating to money laundering and mortgage fraud. Notable experience in cases with cross-border aspects.

Strengths

Interviewees say: "The service provided by Blackfords is second to none," adding that "they have excellent solicitors and client care."

Another notes: "They will fight for their clients and give them sensible advice. I would have no hesitation in recommending them."

Sources say: "They are so business-savvy in the way they operate. Their business acumen is as good as their legal acumen."

Work highlights

Represented Michael Richards in post-conviction confiscation proceedings relating to his part in a large tax fraud. The prosecution were seeking upwards of £18 million, which was reduced to £9.9 million.

Notable practitioners

Gary Bloxsome advises on POCA matters as part of his wider crime practice. He regularly assists individuals and companies on cases relating to fraud and money laundering.
"He has a refreshingly direct approach to dealing with counsel and clients. He is able to cut through the fat of a case and get straight to the meat." "He has lots of experience and is very knowledgeable in POCA."

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Overview

Blackfords LLP undertakes both legal aid work and private instructions in the field of POCA and Asset Recovery.

Many of our clients are serving prisoners and therefore the department travels UK wide in order to take instructions and represent clients. Members of the team have also been awarded their higher rights and so are able to represent clients at the Crown Court themselves.

We undertake a range of cases, some of which involve international travel in order to represent clients or obtain evidence for their cases. 

Our team specialise in all things POCA related, ranging from large scale confiscation matters, s.11 extension of time to pay applications, and s.23 variations of orders including old style Certificate of Inadequacy matters. We also represent clients in the enforcement of orders in the Magistrates Court where the court consider imposing default terms of imprisonment.

Blackfords has been involved in a large number of high value, large scale confiscation matters as follows:

  • £1.1m fraud against online marketplace Amazon.​
  • Operation Boromo, conspiracy to arrange illegal marriages with the Crown pursuing £4.6m in confiscation. 
  • Operation Spire, confiscation matter following conviction from the Hatton Gardens jewellery robbery in which the Crown are seeking £13.6m in confiscation.

Members

Ryman, Nadia (Head of Department)

Bloxsome, Gary

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture Department

Blackfords LLP

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Department location

Hill House

1 Mint Walk

Croydon

Greater London

UK

CR0 1EA

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POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture


Gary Bloxsome
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