Proceeds of Crime
The state has never had such wide-ranging and formidable powers to tackle the proceeds of crime, both pre and post-conviction and, in many cases, in circumstances in which a prosecution will never arise.
The provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 are extremely powerful and their effective deployment can have profound consequences, not just for defendants, but also very often for their spouses, business partners, parents and children.
Without expert legal counsel, defendants are at real risk of an order assessed by reference to a gain never made, based upon "hidden assets" that may not even exist.
And without those self-same expert legal counsel, Prosecutors may lose the opportunity to deprive professional criminals of the proceeds of longstanding and profitable criminality
The Drystone Chambers team, headed by Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC, has over two decades of experience in these highly specialised areas. From the seminal decision of the House of Lords in May, members of the team have been involved in nearly every aspect of the changing world of asset recovery, from pre-trial restraint to the appointment of enforcement receivers.
We act for defendants, third parties, the CPS, the Serious Fraud Office, local authorities and other interested parties.
Notable recent cases, amongst many, include Operation Amazon (carbon credit fraud restraint), Operation Cruse (£800 million in alleged benefit), Operation Q (confiscation proceedings heard entirely in camera), Littlewood (insider dealing), Downer (land registry fraud), Davenport (advance fee fraud), Waithe (drugs), Whiteway-Wilkinson (enforcement proceedings).
We believe it is absolutely vital for clients to seek expert professional advice at the earliest stage.