Chambers and Partners 2012 has now been published. We are delighted to announce that we have been voted the number 1 leading set in POCA work and Asset Forfeiture.
The entry reads:
THE SET This small, strong and high-quality specialist set of 19 barristers was formed especially to handle work arising from criminal and commercial wrongdoing and has all but cornered the growing market in high-level confiscation and restraint work. Major recent work has included advising on aspects of the Metropolitan Police's safety deposit box investigation, Operation Rize.
SILKS The "relentless" Andrew Mitchell QC is the eponymous founder of the set and ex-head of Furnival Chambers. He has a substantial criminal fraud practice and "holds the crown" for POCA work. In addition to Operation Rize, he also acted for the SFO and US Department of Justice in restraint issues related to Stanford International.
JUNIORS Kennedy Talbot is "one of the best juniors for POCA" work there is. Both prosecuting and defending, he handles a considerable amount of Serious Organised Crime Agency work and recently acted on the Ronald Olden matter concerning the interplay between civil and criminal law. The "skilful and charming" Martin Evans "combines intellectual understanding with a practical approach." Solicitors and clients value him as they find him to be "perfectly clear in conference." He was recently instructed by the FSA in R v S, which involved restraint proceedings connected to an insider dealing investigation. Ivan Pearce has a mixed criminal fraud and POCA practice. In addition to his work on Operation Rize, he acted for the defence in the high-value HMRC confiscation aspects of R v Johnson.