Man jailed for swindling brother out of share of £1.5m inheritance – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2014 in assets recovery, fraud, news, proceeds of crime, sentencing, trusts, wills by sally

‘A husband who swindled his brother out of a share of a £1.5m inheritance after his parents died has been jailed for four years and four months.’

Full story

The Guardian, 24th October 2014


CPS secures first ever recovery of criminal assets from United Arab Emirates – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Following extensive work both in the UK and Dubai, the new CPS Proceeds of Crime Service (CPSPOC) in London, working closely with the recently deployed CPS Asset Recovery Advisor in Dubai, has secured what is believed to be the first ever successful enforcement of a UK confiscation order in the UAE. The UK has recovered over £300,000 from the sale of an apartment in Dubai Marina belonging to a convicted British criminal.’

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 21th August 2014


Legal privilege, Articles 6 and 8, and iniquity – UK Human Rights Blog

‘JSC BTA Bank v. Ablyazov et al 8 August 2014, Popplewell J. What you say to your lawyers is truly confidential; no-one, not even a regulator or prosecutor can see it. This is protected by the right to privacy under Article 8, and the right to a fair trial under Article 6 (which includes the right to access to lawyers). Well, that is the general rule. And this case reminds us that there is an exception to this – when the relationship between client and lawyer is affected by “iniquity”.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 12th August 2014


Gang leader loses court battle over crime debt – The Guardian

‘A “retired” high-profile criminal has lost a high court battle over how much he has to pay back from his days of crime.’

Full story

The Guardian, 11th August 2014


CPS fraud couple ordered to pay back £300,000 – BBC News

Posted June 30th, 2014 in assets recovery, Crown Prosecution Service, fraud, news, sentencing, taxis by sally

‘A couple who were jailed for conning the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) out of more than £1m have been ordered to pay back in excess of £300,000 by a court.’

Full story

BBC News, 27th June 2014


Regina v Ahmad and another; Regina v Fields and others – WLR Daily

Regina v Ahmad and another: Regina v Fields and others: [2014] UKSC 36; [2014] WLR (D) 264

‘Where the court, in confiscation proceedings, found that the benefit of the relevant criminal conduct had been jointly obtained, each defendant was liable for the whole of the amount of the benefit and no apportionment was to be made between the co-defendants. However, to avoid double recovery by the state, where there was finding of joint obtaining, so that the confiscation order in respect of each defendant was made for the value of the whole benefit, the order would contain the condition that it would not to be enforced to the extent that a sum had been recovered by way of satisfaction of another confiscation order made in relation to the same joint benefit.’

WLR Daily, 18th June 2014


R (Appellant) v Ahmad and another (Respndents); R (Respondent) v Fields and others (Appellants) – Supreme Court

R (Appellant) v Ahmad and another (Respndents); R (Respondent) v Fields and others (Appellants) [2014] UKSC 36 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 18th June 2014


Professionals who do legal work for gangsters face prosecution under new offence – The Independent

‘Crooked accountants, lawyers and other professionals who profit from crime but are beyond the reach of the law will be targeted under measures to be announced in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech.’

Full story

The Independent, 3rd June 2014


New crackdown on corrupt lawyers who help criminals – BBC News

‘Lawyers, couriers and accountants could be jailed if they turn a blind eye to criminal activity they profit from, under Home Office plans.’

Full story

BBC News, 3rd June 2014


Lakatamia Shipping Co Ltd v Su and others – WLR Daily

Lakatamia Shipping Co Ltd v Su and others [2014] EWCA Civ 636; [2014] WLR (D) 216

‘The assets of a company whose shares were entirely owned by a defendant to a standard form freezing order were not assets of the defendant, for the purposes of the order. However, since such a freezing order restrained the defendant from diminishing the value of any of his assets, which included his shareholding in such a company, it would restrain him from procuring the company to make a disposition of its assets likely to result in such a diminution.’

WLR Daily, 14th May 2014


DPP Alison Saunders announces plan to seize more criminal assets hidden abroad – BBC News

‘The director of public prosecutions for England and Wales has unveiled a new drive to clamp down on criminals hiding their assets abroad.’

Full story

BBC News, 24th February 2014


Schmid v Hertel – WLR Daily

Posted January 20th, 2014 in assets recovery, EC law, insolvency, jurisdiction, law reports by sally

Schmid v Hertel (Case C-328/12); [2014] WLR (D) 5

‘Under article 3(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1346/2000 of 29 May 2000 on insolvency proceedings, the courts of the member state within the territory of which insolvency proceedings had been opened had jurisdiction to hear and determine an action to set a transaction aside by virtue of insolvency that was brought against a person whose place of residence was not within the territory of a member state.’

WLR Daily, 16th January 2014


Regina v Padda – WLR Daily

Regina v Padda [2013] EWCA Crim 2330; [2013] WLR (D) 496

‘Section 22(4)(a) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 preserved an obligation on the court and a discretion to make a confiscation order which was just and in so doing it could take into account all relevant circumstances and had to take into account the legislative policy in favour of maximising the recovery of the proceeds of crime, even from legitimately acquired assets.’

WLR Daily, 12th December 2013


Confiscation orders take only 26p in every £100 from criminals, NAO finds – The Guardian

‘Confiscation orders designed to ensure crime does not pay provide neither value for money nor a credible deterrent as perpetrators keep all but 26p in every £100 generated by the criminal economy, according to a damning report.’

Full story

The Guardian, 17th December 2013


Loan shark father and son ordered to repay £300k+ in assets – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 25th, 2013 in assets recovery, gambling, loans, money laundering, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A father and son convicted of illegal money lending have been ordered to pay back more than £300,000 in assets.’

Full story

Local Government Lawyer, 25th November 2013


Regina v Fields and others – WLR Daily

Regina v Fields and others [2013] EWCA Crim 2042; [2013] WLR (D) 440

“In a joint benefit case, where each defendant was found to have obtained the joint benefit, he was not required by a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to disgorge benefit he had not obtained and a confiscation order made in the amount matching the correctly assessed benefit, was not disproportionate.”

WLR Daily, 14th November 2013


Cotter (Respondent) v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (Appellant) – Supreme Court

Cotter (Respondent) v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (Appellant) [2013] UKSC 69 | UKSC 2012/0062 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 6th November 2013


UK drug baron Curtis Warren ordered to pay £198m or face further 10 years in jail – The Independent

Posted November 6th, 2013 in assets recovery, confiscation, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

“Curtis Warren, one of Britain’s most notorious drug smugglers, has been ordered to pay £198 million proceeds of his global empire or remain in prison for another 10 years.”

Full story

The Independent, 5th November 2013


NCA suffers Supreme Court defeat on assets recovery marshalling claim – 11 Stone Buildings

“On 23 October 2013, the Supreme Court gave judgment in Szepietowski v. the National Crime Agency (formerly the Serious Organised Crime Agency, ‘SOCA’). The case is now the leading authority on the marshalling of securities and will be of interest to those advising banks and other businesses involved in secured lending. The case, however, will also be of general interest in light of the Court’s consideration of the principles applicable to the construction of settlement agreements which involved the Court distinguishing the decision of the House of Lords in Bank of Credit and Commerce International v. Ali [2002] 1 AC 251.”

Full story (PDF)

11 Stone Buildings, 23rd October 2013


National Crime Agency v Szepietowski and another – WLR Daily

Posted October 30th, 2013 in appeals, assets recovery, debts, equity, law reports, mortgages, proceeds of crime by sally

National Crime Agency v Szepietowski and another [2013] UKSC 65; [2013] WLR (D) 408

“The equitable remedy of marshalling was not available where the security held by the second chargee did not secure an underlying personal debt of his to the chargor. Therefore the National Crime Agency, having agreed to take a second mortgage over a property in settlement of its claim that it had been purchased by its owner with the proceeds of crime, could not, when the sale of the property only realised sufficient funds to pay off the debt secured under a first mortgage to a bank, require the bank to enforce its security against another property mortgaged by the owner to that bank.”

WLR Daily, 23rd October 2013