Barrister profile for UK Bar 2021
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POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture - All Circuits
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.
Strengths: "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.
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James is a specialist in the civil aspects of criminal and fraud litigation: asset forfeiture (including Account Freezing and Cash Forfeiture), UWOs (Unexplained Wealth Orders), restraint and freezing orders, confiscation, enforcement and judicial reviews of search warrant and other investigative orders.
He receives instructions from specialist Defence firms, businesses and the Proceeds of Crime Units of the CPS, Metropolitan and City of London Police, HMRC, Home Office and individuals under direct access. He is briefed by the NCA and HMRC in complex cash and civil recovery cases. He also has a litigation extension to his practicing certificate.
He is often brought into cases at the appellate stage or where specialist knowledge of proceeds of crime is needed.
Called 2000 (Middle Temple).
Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association, Fraud Lawyers Association.