Successes for Chambers in Civil Recovery Cases

Members of Chambers have represented Defendants in a recent much publicised NCA Civil Recovery case:

Martin Evans QC and Faisal Osman represented a Defendant plus 3 Defendant Companies and Barry Stancombe represented a further Defendant company.

Barry Stancombe, having already set aside a Recovery Order obtained by the NCA on a summary judgment application, successfully settled the proceedings.

Martin Evans QC and Faisal Osman obtained successful settlements for their clients, including the retention of property and the recovery of commercial lending plus interest. 

This followed an eight-year investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA) into an alleged money-laundering racket involving one of Europe’s most notorious drug smugglers, the Russian state and hundreds of millions of pounds. Investigators suspected that their target (not represented by Chambers) had “amassed considerable wealth” through “unlawful conduct” but had put his assets in the names of others. £6m worth of assets are now subject to a Civil Recovery Order - Eleven properties will be handed over including an award-winning boutique hotel and brasserie plus property in prime London locations.

The alleged money-laundering scheme first came to light during an NCA investigation into luxury car salesman Amir Azam, who was jailed for life in the United Arab Emirates after being convicted of drug trafficking. That investigation recovered about £4m in assets.

Recent cases have shown that upon receipt of appropriate evidence and legal representations the NCA may be prepared to reach settlements without costs rather than proceed to a fully contested trial. This more recent commercial approach by the NCA allows for the barristers at 33 Chancery Lane to utilise their specialist POCA legal knowledge and civil law expertise in order to ensure the best outcome for those facing Civil Recovery proceedings brought by the NCA or other prosecuting agencies.

CoA Success for Penelope Small

Penelope Small successfully represented the respondent in an appeal against a Section 22 uplift.

The Court were satisfied that it was lawfully appropriate for Judge to make enquiries of witnesses. Guidance given in relation to the need to test evidence in lower courts in relation to property ownership.

If you would like to find out more, or instruct Penelope, please contact the Practice Directors.  

Sentences handed down in Operation Adobe - Alistair Webster Q.C. & Fiona Jackson prosecuting for SFO

At Liverpool Crown Court on the 2nd October, sentences were handed down on 6 defendants who had all been convicted after a prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office, led by Alistair Webster Q.C.  Following a four and a half month trial, the men were convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud.  The convictions were the culmination of a 4 year investigation on which Alistair & Fiona have been engaged throughout.

Sentences totalled 30 years and 4 months, with directors’ disqualifications totalling 48 years also imposed.

Alistair comments: “ It is really good to have been involved from the very earliest stages of the operation, dating back to the applications for search warrants.  The lead conspirators were deeply devious and dishonest men who put up an elaborate defence designed to fool the jury. My team is left with a sense of satisfaction for a job well done.”

Fiona Jackson is now also dealing with the confiscation on behalf of the SFO.

The New York Times - Six Men Jailed in Britain Over 'Predatory' Solar Energy Panel Scam

BBC News - 'Deceitful' £17m solar panel scam gang jailed for fraud

CNBC - Six men jailed in Britain over "predatory" solar energy panel scam

The Times - Six guilty of £17m solar panel fraud

If you would like to find out more, or instruct Alistair or Fiona, please contact the Practice Directors.