Judges reject appeal by planning defendant over ‘impersonation’ in magistrates court – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim that a fine and a £4m-plus proceeds of crime order made over a planning case in Ealing should be overturned because the defendant was impersonated in the magistrates’ court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th February 2018

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Getting out of jail interest-free – UK Police Law Blog

Posted February 8th, 2018 in appeals, confiscation, enforcement, news, sentencing, Supreme Court by tracey

‘When a person convicted in the Crown Court has an additional prison term enforced by the Magistrates for having only part paid of a confiscation order, he is entitled to a reduction in that term proportionate to the money that has been paid. R (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice [2018] UKSC 2; [2018] 1 WLR 629 confirmed that the starting point for calculating this reduction is the original sum ordered by the Crown Court, and not the larger sum including interest that had accrued by the date of the Magistrates’ enforcement.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 6th February 2018

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Hatton Garden raiders must pay back over £6m, judge rules – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2018 in confiscation, news, robbery by sally

‘The four ringleaders jailed for the audacious Hatton Garden raid must pay back more than £6m between them or each serve another seven years in prison, a judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2018

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New judgment: R (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice [2018] UKSC 2 – UKSC Blog

Posted January 30th, 2018 in confiscation, interest, magistrates, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The issue in the appeal is whether interest is included in the starting point under the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980, s 79(2) for the giving of proportionate credit for part payment of a confiscation order.’

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UKSC Blog, 24th January 2018

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Nottingham modern slavery brothers ordered to repay £167k – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in confiscation, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Two brothers jailed for modern slavery have been ordered to repay £167,650 in criminal gains.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2018

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Hatton Garden gang ‘must pay back £14 million to avoid jail’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2018 in confiscation, conspiracy, news, theft by sally

‘The gang behind the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit raid will face more time in jail unless they pay back almost £14 million, a confiscation hearing has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2018

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Fraudster has home sold to pay compensation to company he stole £3million from – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 15th, 2018 in compensation, confiscation, fraud, press releases by tracey

‘A fraudster who stole millions of pounds from his employer to spend on lavish properties and jewellery has had his home in Kent sold for £2.7 million to pay as compensation to the company he defrauded.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 15th January 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Terry Adams pays back £750,000 from proceeds of crime – Daily Telegraph

‘One of London’s most notorious former crime bosses has paid back almost three quarters of a million pounds in ill gotten gains, after being warned he would go back to prison if he failed to pay.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2017

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Reinforcing the Veil – Defending Cases Where the Corporate Veil is Threatened – Drystone Chambers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in company directors, company law, confiscation, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘“The corporate veil” is a much discussed, but much misunderstood phrase. When Lord Halsbury LC stated in Salomon v A Salomon and Co Ltd [1897] AC 22 that a limited liability company was to be viewed ‘like any other independent person with its rights and liabilities appropriate to itself’ he imbedded in law the idea of corporations having a separate legal identity from their directors. That principle is agreed. What has been in dispute, and is still uncertain to a degree, is when that separation can be made. ‘

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Drystone Chambers, 4th December 2017

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Blackpool bar ordered to pay £336k over planning breaches – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 14th, 2017 in confiscation, costs, fines, news, planning by tracey

‘A Blackpool bar owner must pay a total of £336,000 in confiscation, a fine and costs for a lengthy breach of planning conditions.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th November 2017

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Launch of consultation on Criminal Finances Act Codes of Practice – Home Office

‘A 4-week consultation has been launched on the Codes of Practice that will help law enforcement officers confiscate valuable items and other assets acquired using the proceeds of crime as well as tackle the financing of terrorism.’

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Home Office, 31st July 2017

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‘Compensation for victims’ as FCA secures £2.2m confiscation orders, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 30th, 2017 in compensation, confiscation, financial regulation, news by sally

‘Victims of a failed unauthorised collective investment scheme (UCIS) can expect to receive about 40% of their investment back after the regulator secured two final confiscation orders from some of the major players in the scheme.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th May 2017

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City watchdog claws back £2.2m for victims of land fraud – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 25th, 2017 in compensation, confiscation, financial regulation, fraud, news by tracey

‘Victims of a land investment scam are to receive almost £2.2m in compensation after money was clawed back by the City watchdog from the eight men who were convicted of the fraud following one of the biggest investigations by the regulator. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has now secured confiscation orders against all eight defendants who were found to have taken over £5m from more than 100 investors through an unauthorised investment scheme that was focused on agricultural land.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th May 2017

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Confiscation proceedings halted over “fatal error” in indication of guilty pleas – Local Government Lawyer

‘A council’s bid to obtain a confiscation order over planning enforcement breaches has been halted after a ruling that the indication of pleas of guilty on the two defendants’ behalf and in their presence by counsel appearing for them in the magistrates’ court was an incurable error.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th May 2017

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The Role in of Section.10a (s.10a)in Confiscation Order Enforcements – A Useful Tool for Local Authorities to get it Right First Time – Drystone Chambers

Posted May 16th, 2017 in confiscation, enforcement, local government, news, third parties by sally

‘On the 1st June 2015, the Serous Crime Act 2015 enacted section 10a of POCA 2002. The section is designed to allow Crown Courts to make a determination on third party rights at the confiscation hearing rather than leaving the decision to the enforcement hearing in the Magistrates Court or in another forum such as in the family courts.’

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Drystone Chambers, 15th May 2017

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Council hails £222k confiscation order – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 24th, 2017 in confiscation, local government, London, news, planning, proceeds of crime by tracey

‘Less than a month after local authority lawyers were told to consider the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) as a way to generate income, an East London council has announced its biggest court payout to date. The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham said that an east London landlord has been given a £222,000 confiscation order following a POCA application brought by the council before Snaresbrook Crown Court.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th April 2017

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Enforcement of Confiscation Orders – How to Clear the Final Hurdle – Drystone Chambers

Posted April 6th, 2017 in confiscation, enforcement, news by sally

‘Gaining a Confiscation Order is often seen to be the final hurdle. It increasingly is not: enforcement of the order is. This is a problem that affects all confiscation orders, in all jurisdictions, and has drawn the attention of the National Audit Office here in England and Wales.’

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Drystone Chambers, 5th April 2017

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Former Adams family gang boss loses cash case appeal – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2017 in appeals, certificates of inadequacy, confiscation, disclosure, gangs, London, news by tracey

‘Former gangster Terry Adams has lost his appeal over how much he must repay from his days of crime.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2017

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Teenager who hacked TalkTalk website given rehabilitation order – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2016 in computer crime, confiscation, internet, news, rehabilitation, young offenders by sally

‘A 17-year-old who admitted hacking offences linked to the TalkTalk data breach has been given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order and had his smartphone and computer hard drive confiscated.’

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The Guardian, 13th December 2016

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CPS confiscates £4.2m from mortgage fraudster – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in confiscation, Crown Prosecution Service, fraud, mortgages, press releases by tracey

‘A convicted mortgage fraudster has been stripped of more than £4 million in criminal assets after prosecutors forced him to sell off his property empire or face further time in prison.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 18th November 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk