Catherine Collins (2010)
Catherine is a specialist criminal advocate whose practice encompasses all aspects of financial wrongdoing.
She is featured as a Leading Junior in the Proceeds of Crime & Asset Forfeiture section of the 2020 edition of The Legal 500, where she is “Noted for her experience in asset recovery cases.”.
Catherine’s serious fraud experience includes being instructed as second junior in the first SFO prosecution for offences related to “rigging” LIBOR, and as a led junior in the successful defence of a Company Secretary charged with fraud and corruption. Catherine also has acted for the Specialist Fraud division of the CPS in various matters, including the successful prosecution of an NHS accountant for fraud to the value of £2.2 million. Experience in these matters has enabled Catherine to develop an incisive and thorough approach to substantial and complex fraud cases.
Catherine has experience in dealing with CJA, DTA and POCA confiscation matters, including ancillary issues such as restraint, contempt and cash forfeiture. She has acted for the prosecution, defence and third parties at all stages of asset recovery proceedings, from contested confiscation through to enforcement and receivership. She regularly advises on, and assists in, the preparation of written statements for the purposes of asset recovery proceedings and is familiar with applications under s.10A, s.22 and s.23 POCA. Her Restraint practice encompasses cases including international assets, and applications for Orders at all stages of proceedings, including post-conviction. Relevant cases include:
A v ACC (led). Successfully resisted an application under s.72 PoCA.
Op S. Advised on initial applications for co-ordinated seizures, over multiple locations, and subsequently acted in detention proceedings in large-scale money laundering investigation.
R v AK. Successfully intervening for a bank, the victim of a fraud, in confiscation proceedings; defeated a proprietary claim made by the liquidator of AK’s former company to the bank’s misappropriated funds.
R v F. Successfully intervening for a company, the victim of fraud, in confiscation proceedings; application contested by the company director’s wife.
Re: K. Successful variation of CJA 1988 Restraint Order for a Third Party in the context of enforcement proceedings against the defendant.
R v G. PoCA discontinued by the Crown following legal argument.
Catherine’s civil practice encompasses fraud, receivership and civil recovery. She has undertaken work in cases with an international aspect, and has appeared in the First Tier Tribunal in tax matters. Relevant cases include:
(A Charity) v PP (led). Fraud, conversion, personal and proprietary claims on behalf of an international charity; victim of a large-scale misappropriation by a corrupt employee.
NCA v (A Bank) (led). Representing a bank in civil recovery proceedings; negotiated settlement.
NCA v TD and others. Representing the Management Receiver in CJA receivership proceedings.
NCA v KH and SH. Acting for the Official Solicitor, intervening on behalf of a child in civil recovery proceedings.
Re: FX247. Representing a Third Party in Insolvency Act proceedings; negotiated settlement.
Catherine has appeared, both led and alone, in various high profile cases on behalf of the Metropolitan Police, advising in relation to warrants, production orders and judicial review matters connected thereto.
Catherine is an experienced, careful and thorough advocate with a background in criminal litigation. Her general criminal work encompasses the full range of offences in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts. In addition to conventional criminal work, Catherine has represented the interests of individuals affected by criminal proceedings, including those who are subject to witness summonses. She has appeared in the Court of Appeal, led and alone, in relation to fraud, general crime and POCA. She has considerable recent experience representing clients in relation to offences under the Computer Misuse Act as well as ancillary proceedings (including financial applications) arising from online crimes. She has also advised clients in relation to the potential commission of cybercrime offences.
In addition to criminal and financial litigation, Catherine has experience representing interested parties in inquests (Article 2 and non-jury), and worked on the preparatory stages of the Hillsborough inquest.
Catherine is registered with the Bar Council Public Access Directory and regularly accepts instructions on a direct access basis.
Prior to her career at the Bar, Catherine spent two years working at a law firm specialising in complex fraud, serious crime, civil recovery and tax litigation/compliance. She represented defendants prosecuted by the SFO (in particular R v Asil Nadir), the CPS, HMRC, BIS, the Environment Agency and local authorities.
SFO B Panel; SFO POCA B Panel; CPS Proceeds of Crime Panel Level 3; CPS Fraud Panel Level 2; CPS Level 2; Metropolitan Police DLS Panel; Elected Member of the Bar Council (2018).
Contributing editor; ‘Mitchell, Taylor & Talbot: Confiscation and the Proceeds of Crime’.