Matrix Chambers

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture Department

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Receives plaudits for its strength in POCA proceedings, and houses individuals who are no strangers to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Members act for prosecutors, individuals and corporations in civil recovery, confiscation and enforcement proceedings, and have great expertise in money laundering cases. Recent work includes Briggs-Price v UK, a challenge before the ECtHR over a pre-POCA confiscation order. One interviewee says: "The professional quality of the written work and the courtroom presentation of Matrix barristers are always excellent, and their understanding of the issues at stake is manifest."

Client service: "Senior practice manager Paul Venables and the clerking team are efficient, professional and at the height of their profession." "The set has polished clerks who always get back to you when they say they will."


Clare Montgomery QC

A major name at the Criminal Bar with a stellar financial crime practice strengthened by her expertise in asset forfeiture. She is skilled at advising clients on money laundering regulations and regularly acts in complex domestic and international POCA matters. 
Strengths: "The depth of her knowledge is second to none. Her intellectual capacity, the speed at which she works and her strategic vision of a case are all truly impressive." "She is brilliant, incisive and just really clever."


Edward Craven

A fine POCA practitioner who has particular expertise in confiscation orders, property freezing orders and major civil recovery investigations. As a highly active junior in this area, he has been instructed in high-profile cases before domestic and EU courts.
Strengths:"Intelligent and hard-working, he's a real fighter who will go the extra mile for clients. " "He's bright, personable and someone with a great eye for detail."
Recent work: Acted before the ECtHR in Briggs-Price v United Kingdom, a challenge to a pre-POCA confiscation order. The £2.5 million order had been imposed for a conspiracy to import heroin.


Tim Owen QC

A key figure for confiscation and asset recovery matters, who is also well regarded for his advice on money laundering cases. He is highly experienced in representing both defendants and prosecuting authorities such as the NCA and CPS.
Strengths: "Displays a massive amount of attention to detail" and "fights incredibly hard for his clients."
Recent work: Instructed in Briggs-Price v United Kingdom, a challenge before the ECtHR relating to a £2.5 million pre-POCA confiscation order.