We are a niche set of Chambers with a leading reputation in civil and criminal asset recovery and financial wrongdoing. Our work is a mix of onshore and offshore advice and litigation, across almost all common law jurisdictions with vast experience in the Caribbean and India in particular.
The Number 1 Set for POCA and Asset Recovery - “For restraint and confiscation matters, no other set has the breadth of experience available under one roof“ (Chambers and Partners 2014)
Civil Recovery - Unrivalled experience in proceedings pursuant to Part V PoCA.
Criminal Asset Recovery - On behalf of individuals, companies, specialist prosecuting authorities including the SFO, BIS, CPS, receivers, third parties and foreign requesting states.
Sovereign Asset Recovery - Advice and assistance to Foreign Governments, Sovereign Wealth Funds and International Public Bodies.
R v May, Jennings and Green (House of Lords) - probably the most important series of PoCA 2002 cases.
Gale and Ors. v SOCA (SC) - Civil recovery under PoCA and the utility of foreign convictions.
King v SFO (SC) Enforcement of foreign Restraint Orders.
Ahmed and Ahmad (SC) Benefit in Carousel Fraud Cases.
Glatt v Sinclair (CA Civ.) Leading case on Receivers' costs.
Egyptian Government Asset Recovery Claim - Advice on the restraint and confiscation and forfeiture of stolen sovereign wealth.
Commercial Litigation - Complex commercial and financial wrongdoing disputes.
Urgent Relief and Interlocutory Remedies - Including worldwide freezing and disclosure.
Enforcement - Foreign judgments, arbitral awards and advice on overseas recovery.
Tax Liability Settlements - Civil settlements in lieu of criminal prosecution for tax avoidance.
Caribbean Oil Company - Action against a bank authorising fund clearances following a hostile takeover by ousted directors.
HMRC v Sunico A/S and others - Allegations of participation in Europen-wide unlawful means conspiracy.
Amital v HMRC - Allegation of constructive knowledge and participation in fraudulent transactions.
Receivers of a Cayman Island Segregated Portfolio Company - Unlawful means conspiracy, breach of contract and dishonest assistance of £100m
"An Impressive Reputation in the Fraud Sphere" (Chambers and Partners 2013/14)
Sanctions and Restrictive Measures - Advice on specific transactions, list removals, licensing and enforcement actions.
Fraud - Acting in major money laundering, MTIC, lending fraud and direct taxation fraud cases.
Mutual Legal Assistance - Requests to register and enforce foreign forfeiture orders (acting externals and internals).
Operation Hornet - Advising Attorney General on prosecution and trial of bankers at leading financial institutions for corruption, money laundering and fraudulent trading.
Garnet Investments Ltd v Guernsey Financial Intelligence Service - Obtaining and justifying consents to transfer funds which the Financial Intelligence Service had refused to permit.
Operation Vaulter - Several defendants in MTIC fraud involving contra-trading and offshore operations in Dubai.
Professional Discipline & Regulatory
Accountancy Bodies - Regulatory prosecutions on behalf of financial professional institutions.
Regulatory Criminal Proceedings - Representing human and corporate defendants and individuals in criminal enforcement proceedings.
Disciplinary Tribunals - As panel members, chairmanship or on behalf of respondent parties.
Compliance - Advising domestic and multinational companies and financial institutions under the PoCA 2002, Bribery Act and Restrictive Measures regimes.
TDB v DA - Prosecution of Hong Kong CIOT Fellow upon allegations of multi-million HK$/AUD$/€ misappropriation from a series of clients in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.
Sports Advisory - Professional Cricketers' Association and the League Managers' Association.
Scottish and Southern Electricity - Proceedings brought by Trading Standards for mis-selling practices.
Bar Council - Designing and delivering training for the Bar in respect of money laundering issues relating to direct access instructions.
Internal Conduct - Advising investigative bodies, individuals and corporate entities in national and international investigations.
Investigatory Powers - Review of search, seizure, production and other intrusions including urgent injunctions.
Disclosure - Advising financial institutions and others on making protected and authorised disclosures to regulatory bodies.
HMRC/FCA/SFO Investigations - Appointment as independent counsel in internal investigations by victim companies.
Legal Professional Privilege – Acting as independent counsel in LPP reviews.
R (on the application of El-Kurd) v Winchester Crown Court - Power of Crown Court to order retention of material seized pursuant to unlawful search warrant.
Ribble,Yewtree, Weeting and
Elveden - Acting as independent counsel in major metropolitan police Operations including
S Limited - Investigation into suspected breaches of the UN Oil for Food Programme.
EU Technology Company -Advice on corrupt misfeasance by company officer and strategy in French employment claim.
A Healthcare Company - Advice on money laundering and corruption liabilities and reporting from contract kick-backs.
Bribery & Corruption
"Small Strong and High Quality Specialist Set" (Chambers and Partners 2013/14)
Internal advice - Review and stress testing internal controls, corporate policy and adequate measures.
Civil claims - On behalf of corporate victims of corruption including disgorgement, injunctive relief and damages.
Criminal defence - Advising and acting for companies and individuals on UK Bribery Act Liabilities and FCPA exposure.
Self-reporting - Advising and representing firms on their approaches to UK regulators including anonymised scoping.
Asset Recovery - seeking civil recovery settlements in lieu of criminal proceedings.
Innospec - Acting for the SFO in ground-breaking case in which the criminal matters relating to corruption in Indonesia were dealt with on the same day in the UK and US Courts.
Operation Aristo - Allegations of corruption arising from bribery of company seeking contract from the UN.
Turks and Caicos Islands (Missick and Others) -Investigation, prosecution and defence of individuals on charges of bribery and corruption in Turks & Caicos following a Commission of Inquiry.
A Major Accountancy Firm - Negotiations with the SFO relating to the bribery of foreign public officials by a third party.