I have specialist expertise in fraud cases and experience of defending allegations of fraud, money laundering, false accounting, tax evasion, and benefits fraud. My clients have included company directors, professionals, and political figures.
My clients benefit from my experience as a criminal defence lawyer as well as the coveted accreditation I have received as a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Cash Detention and Forfeiture
If you have had your cash seized by the authorities under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA), it may be detained whilst officers investigate its provenance, or they may make an application for forfeiture.
I have successfully defended applications for cash detention and forfeiture. The law in this area can be complex, and it can be a frustrating process when your cash has been seized by the police under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 ('POCA').
I can advise and represent you regarding your rights after cash has been seized, oppose applications for the detention of cash at a Magistrates’ Court, prepare evidence supporting the provenance of the cash, make applications for the return of your cash, and represent you at any forfeiture hearings.
If you have been convicted of a criminal offence and the Court finds that you have gained from the crime, you may face confiscation proceedings. This means that the Court may order that you pay back your 'financial gain'. A financial gain can include gifts you have made to anyone else.
If you fail to pay the Confiscation Order within a period of 6 months then you may also be facing imprisonment in default of that payment - whilst still having to pay the Order.
I can deal with all aspect of confiscation, including representing third parties exercising their rights to property and assets. Moreover, I can advise and represent you in any challenges to Confiscation Orders.
Examples of some of the cases I have been involved with can be found here.