Chambers is delighted to announce that it has retained its number one ranking for 2014 . The entry reads:
Band 1 | The Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC
This set - also known as 33 Chancery Lane - has developed an enviable reputation for its skill at handling POCA, restraint and confiscation work. It recently acted on behalf of the defendants in an appeal to the ruling of SOCA v Gale in the Supreme Court. The case concerned the application of Article 6 to civil recovery proceedings. Clients remark: "If you ask them to do something it gets done. You feel safe if you give them a job to do."
Client service: "Of all the sets I've worked with, they are the most approachable, and provide an excellent service."
Known as the standout leader in the field, he earns unanimous praise from clients and fellow barristers for his POCA work.
Expertise: "He is very much a figurehead and a presidential type figure. Because he's so well respected, he offers those that instruct him great presence in court."
Recent work: He acted for the defendants in SOCA v Gale.
A new silk who is well known for carrying out both civil and criminal litigation, and has a standout practice relating to asset freezing, confiscation and restraint.
Expertise: "He gives you great confidence, is very experienced, and is an excellent and clear advocate."
Recent work: He has been representing former Goldman Sachs banker Elias Preko in his application to discharge or vary a restraint order imposed for laundering monies resulting from political corruption in Nigeria.
Has a strong background in civil and criminal fraud work, and often handles asset recovery cases related to blackmail, money laundering and complex fraud.
Expertise: "He's extremely knowledgeable and very resourceful. Ten barristers may say 'no, can't do it', but he finds a way."
Recent work: Acted for John Gill, a successful property developer, who was arrested after his company paid a USD1 million bribe to the Turks and Caicos Island Prime Minister. He successfully sought immunity from prosecution, and a civil recovery order was imposed instead.
Highly regarded among peers and clients as one of the top barristers doing POCA work. He is considered the standout junior in the field.
Expertise: "He is very approachable, straightforward, knowledgeable and easy to deal with."
Recent work: He represented James Ibori, former governor of the Nigerian Delta State, in connection with an £89 million confiscation order relating to money laundering during his time in office.
Has built a reputation in this area thanks to his focused specialisation on POCA work, and has been involved in a number of defining cases.
Expertise: "He's very bright. Clear and concise in the advice he gives, he's an excellent appellate advocate."
Recent work: He acted for the CPS with regard to a restraint order made by the Republic of Lithuania on the UK assets of a Russian national accused of stealing £217 million from Bank Snoras.
Has a strong civil and commercial background, and acts for prosecuting agencies, receivers, defendants and other interested third parties.
Expertise: "He is very direct and commercial. He can see very clearly what the issues are that need to be dealt with."
Recent work: He acted for the receiver in an extremely large fraud case.
Represents a number of government clients, including the FSA, HMRC and the DWP. He also regularly represents third parties and victims of asset forfeiture.
Expertise: "He has great attention to detail, is always available, and the manner in which he responds to questions leaves nothing to be desired."
Experienced in asset forfeiture, cash seizure, restraint and receivership, she is admired by sources for her thoroughness and attention to detail.
Expertise: "She is conscientious, approachable, very down to earth, and very hands-on." "Smart and personable, she doesn't have the nerd factor that some have in this field. She is professionally top drawer."