Chambers is extremely proud to announce that Chambers and Partners Guide to the Profession 2013 has ranked 33 Chancery Lane as the number one set in the field of POCA and Asset Recovery for the third year running:
The entry reads:
THE SET The Chambers of Andrew Mitchell was set up in 2008 for the express purpose of handling work arising out of commercial wrongdoing. Its members handle criminal fraud cases and general financial crime, and have come to dominate the ever-growing market in confiscation and restraint. Recent highlights for the set have included advising the DOJ via the SFO on POCA issues arising from the Stanford International fraud. Sources say of the set: "It is a powerhouse. There is strength in depth at The Chambers of Andrew Mitchell."
SILKS Founder of the set Andrew Mitchell QC is "a legend when is comes to complex confiscation and restraint work" according to sources, who go on to assert that "on any objective view he has to be at the top of the tree." Aside from acting on the Stanford International matter, he has also been acting for the SFO before the House of Lords on an appeal in King v SFO.
JUNIORS Kennedy Talbot is "unquestionably a leading junior" when it comes to POCA work. "A star individual" according to sources, he receives instructions from government agencies, private individuals and corporate clients. Recent highlights have seen him act on behalf of the former chairman of an offshore bank in relation to funds laundered through it.
Martin Evans is "fantastically good" according to sources, and has experience of handling the full range of asset recovery and confiscation matters in the High Court and Crown Court. He frequently acts on behalf of prosecuting authorities as well as for individuals and companies, and also handles a large amount of POCA work for the CPS Appeals Unit. Recent choice instructions include acting on restraint proceedings connected to a multibillion-pound corruption case.
Barry Stancombe is a specialist in POCA and asset forfeiture, and has a substantial practice both on the contentious and advisory sides. A member of the SFO's "A" panel, he frequently acts on high-profile cases at the appellate level. Recent key instructions include Windsor & Hare v CPS, a ferociously complex POCA case. He also acted as restraint counsel for the SFO in the £52 million GP Noble pension fraud case.
Graham Brodie is a noted criminal fraud junior with considerable expertise in restraint, asset freezing and confiscation proceedings. He recently appeared in confiscation proceedings concerning a benefit of £98 million, which involved substantial international asset tracing and the registration of hidden assets.
Christopher Convey garners praise from market sources for his POCA work. He has acted on behalf of a dizzying number of government departments from the UK and further afield. A recent highlight saw him act alongside Andrew Mitchell QC on the Stanford International Bank matter.
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