Court of Appeal allows appeal by council over £270 confiscation order for unlawful flats conversion when it claimed for more than £455,000 – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Barnet has won an appeal after the Crown Court imposed a confiscation order of £270 when the council had contended for more than £455,000.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th April 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Freezing and confiscation under the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement – 5SAH

Posted April 9th, 2021 in brexit, chambers articles, confiscation, news, proceeds of crime by sally

‘This contribution presents a critical and practical analysis of the changes the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement brings to the recognition and enforcement of freezing and confiscation orders. It provides an overview of how this area of law may develop in the future post-Brexit.’

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5SAH, 8th March 2021

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Judge orders defendant to pay back £90,000 after Right to Buy fraud – Local Government Lawyer

‘A defendant who admitted fraud under the Right to Buy scheme has been ordered to pay back more than £90,000.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th March 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Partners and Confiscation – Carmelite Chambers

‘Data from 2019 suggests that 26% of prosecutions brought against women, of which only 10% are for indictable offences. The same data indicates that women account for just 5% of the prison population.’

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Carmelite Chambers, March 2021

Source: www.carmelitechambers.co.uk

Partners and Confiscation – Carmelite Chambers

‘Richard Furlong and Alexandra Scott provide a brief guide to defending wives and partners in confiscation proceedings.’

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Carmelite Chambers, 10th March 2021

Source: www.carmelitechambers.co.uk

Rogue landlord told to pay back £739,000 over illegal London housing – The Guardian

‘A rogue landlord who operated illegal rooming houses in London has been told to pay back £739,000 in illicit earnings or face jail, in one of the biggest confiscation orders of its kind, the council that investigated the case has said.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2021

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Confiscation & honouring the unchallenged basis of plea in R v Mohammed Zia Munir: Francesca Levitt examines for Lexis Nexis – 5SAH

Posted February 11th, 2021 in chambers articles, confiscation, drug offences, news, pleadings, proceeds of crime by sally

‘The appellant was sentenced on an unchallenged, written basis of plea to the effect that he was a mere custodian of drugs on behalf of another. In these circumstances the court was bound to apply the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA 2002) consistently with the facts of the basis of plea. On his basis, the appellant could not be said to have received the drugs for his own benefit and therefore he did not obtain property within the meaning of POCA 2002, s 76(4).’

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5SAH, 11th February 2021

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Guidance on the approach to applications under section 10A of POCA 2002—civil rules and the family home (R v Forte) – 5SAH

‘This case sets out the key principles and procedure to be followed under applications pursuant to section 10A of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA 2002) where the court has to determine the extent of the interest of a third party in property held by a defendant that is likely to be realised or otherwise used to satisfy a confiscation order. The court held that where the prosecution intends to prove that a defendant has a beneficial interest in property and another holds, or may hold, an interest in that property, the burden and standard to be applied are those of the civil standard. Where matrimonial property is concerned, the court is entitled to look to the evidence and draw such inferences as they see fit to determine whether beneficial interest should follow legal title. Such evidence can include sham divorce proceedings and the use of property for a joint purpose.’

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5SAH, 30th November 2020

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Private prosecutor bringing High Court enforcement proceedings can claim costs from central funds (Mirchandani v Chancellor) – 5SAH

Posted November 19th, 2020 in confiscation, costs, enforcement, news, proceeds of crime, third parties by sally

‘The court held that a private prosecutor was entitled to recover their costs from central funds in relation to a High Court application for enforcement of a confiscation order. Such proceedings are “in respect of an indictable offence” for the purposes of section 17 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (POA 1985). The court also held that, where the private prosecutor, in the same proceedings, had been ordered to pay the costs of a third party (having unsuccessfully asserted that the third party had been in receipt of a tainted gift), then those costs were also recoverable from central funds. While the confiscation proceedings in question had arisen under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA 1988), the court held that the same principles would apply under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA 2002).’

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5SAH, 13th November 2020

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A ruling delivered in open court or in writing is capable of amounting to a confiscation order (R v Westbrook) – 5SAH

‘The Court of Appeal ruled that, as with other orders, the judge’s solemn pronouncement in court was the order and a failure to draw up a formal written document within the prescribed two-year period from the date of sentence did not invalidate it. In any event, the judge had provided written reasons, findings and figures which satisfied the statutory requirements of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA 2002). The Court of Appeal ruled that in the absence of prejudice or unfairness resulting from an administrative or procedural breach, it could not be argued that a failure to draw up the order rendered it invalid. The second ground of appeal (that the judge had wrongly concluded that there were hidden assets) was unarguable and leave to appeal was refused.’

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5SAH, 20th October 2020

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Unexplained Wealth Orders: Suspected money launderer gives up £10m of property – BBC News

‘Around £10m of property has been surrendered in a major victory against some of northern England’s most dangerous criminals. The apartments and homes were given up to the National Crime Agency by a Leeds businessman who investigators suspect of being a major money-launderer.’

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BBC News, 7th October 2020

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‘Basil’ from the Hatton Garden security vault heist ordered to pay almost £6million – Crown Prosecution Service

‘One of the ringleaders from the Hatton Garden security vault heist has today been ordered to pay £5,997,684.93. Michael Seed, known as “Basil”, 58, was convicted in March 2019 for his part in the £13.69 million heist, believed to be one of the largest burglaries in English history.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 1st October 2020

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Law Commission consults on reforms to confiscation regime – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 22nd, 2020 in confiscation, consultations, enforcement, Law Commission, news, proceeds of crime by sally

‘The Law Commission has launched a consultation on proposals to reform the confiscation regime which it says “could help recover an extra £8m per year from convicted criminals, by more accurately and efficiently determining a defendant’s criminal proceeds and more effectively enforcing confiscation orders”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st September 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Reforms to confiscation regime to recover £8 million more per year – Law Commission

‘Proposals to reform the confiscation regime could help recover an extra £8 million per year from convicted criminals, by more accurately and efficiently determining a defendant’s criminal proceeds and more effectively enforcing confiscation orders. The proposals are outlined in a consultation paper published today [17 September 2020] by the Law Commission of England and Wales.’

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Law Commission, 17th September 2020

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Council loses appeal over £200 confiscation order in housing case when benefit said to be several hundreds of thousands of pounds – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Islington has lost “a most unusual” Court of Appeal action in which it argued that a confiscation order in a housing overcrowding case was too lenient.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th August 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

POCA disclosure orders, notices and overseas recipients (Faerman v SFO): James Fletcher for Lexis Nexis – 5SAH

‘Although the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) did not bring to the court’s attention a Supreme Court decision (that held a notice issued under a disclosure order could not be sent to someone outside the jurisdiction) that did not invalidate the disclosure order itself and the non-disclosure was not sufficient to merit the discharge of the disclosure order.’

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5SAH, 30th July 2020

Source: www.5sah.co.uk

5SAH Business Crime – July 2020 Update – 5SAH

‘Featuring the following articles and videos from our barristers who are experts in the field of Business Crime and Proceeds of Crime work:
– 5SAH Video: Asset Tracing & Recovery – Tool Kit for Businesses – Post Covid19: Webinar featuring Gary Pons & Jonathan Benton
– David Stern features in Butterworths Journal of International Banking & Financial Law – May 2020 Edition on Cum-Ex.
– New Role for Private Prosecutions in the Wake of Covid 19: Counsel Magazine: Kevin Dent QC and Jeremy Asher.
– Dishonesty? Ghosh, Ivey got a surprise for you! (R v Barton): John Oliver and Alexa Le Moine for Lexis Nexis.’

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5SAH, 6th July 2020

Source: www.5sah.co.uk

Criminals’ ‘go-to’ solicitor struck off while in jail – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who was the ‘go to’ lawyer for a gang of criminals because he would not ask too many questions about where their money came has been struck off while serving seven years in jail.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Case Preview: R v Hilton (Northern Ireland) – UKSC Blog

Posted June 30th, 2020 in confiscation, news, Northern Ireland, proceeds of crime, Supreme Court by sally

‘In this post, James Warshaw, an associate in the Dispute Resolution team at CMS, previews the decision which is expected to be handed down tomorrow, 1 July 2020, in the matter of R v Hilton (Northern Ireland).’

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UKSC Blog, 30th June 2020

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Property owners found guilty over illegal sub-division of building after ten year battle with council – Local Government Lawyer

‘Two joint property owners have been found guilty of illegally sub-dividing a building into seven substandard flats in a prosecution brought by the London Borough of Camden.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th June 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk