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Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture

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What the team is known for

Respected financial crime practice regularly advising high-profile individuals on POCA issues arising from investigations and prosecutions. Offers advice on restraint, with particular experience advising affected third parties. Popular choice for clients involved in high-profile, high-value and cross-border proceedings. Also advises on anti-money laundering compliance. Particularly active in representing clients in account freezing and cash seizure orders.

Strengths

Sources recognise that "Peters & Peters is definitely on the list of top firms for this work."

One client highlights: "The team is very knowledgeable in this area of law and gives accurate advice. The lawyers there are very specialised."

Work highlights

Advised multiple international companies connected with Khadem Al Qubaisi on a large, cross-border civil forfeiture case arising from the 1MDB scandal.

Notable practitioners

Anna Bradshaw has a burgeoning reputation in the POCA space and is a well-known expert on anti-money laundering. She is also recommended for her specialist knowledge of economic sanctions.
"Anna is an excellent lawyer." "Anna is terrific and understands sanctions and POCA very well."

Neil Swift stands out for his work defending clients accused of money laundering, as well as on related restraint orders and forfeiture proceedings. He is able to assist clients in their dealings with the SFO and FCA, and can also offer advice on cross-border issues.

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Overview

A restraint order can be made against a suspect or defendant in criminal proceedings to freeze assets worldwide where the authorities believe they may be liable to confiscation following a trial. Confiscation proceedings are brought following a conviction and enable the authorities to deprive the defendant of the financial benefit of his crime. In some circumstances, Restraint & Confiscation orders can also be made against third parties.

We have extensive experience in advising clients and third parties affected by such proceedings, often leading to variation or discharge of any prohibiting orders. We have successfully challenged a number of restraint orders made at the request of overseas authorities.

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 enables the police or customs to seize cash of more than £1,000 if they believe that the cash is the proceeds of crime or intended for use in unlawful conduct. Peters & Peters can help challenge cash seizures and/or consequent forfeiture proceedings, often resulting in money being returned and the recovery of costs.

Our lawyers specialise in:

  • Acting in pre-charge and post-charge restraint proceedings
  • ​Dealing with post-conviction confiscation proceedings
  • Advising third parties faced with the exercise of compulsory powers under proceeds of crime legislation
  • Acting in Magistrates’ Court cash seizure proceedings
  • Cash Seizure & Forfeiture

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

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15 Fetter Lane

London

Greater London

UK

EC4A 1BW

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POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture


Anna Bradshaw
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