Proceeds of Crime

3PB has an exceptional reputation for its expertise in this niche area. Members have appeared in courts throughout the UK in many of the most serious criminal confiscation and civil recovery cases. We advise professionals and corporations on their obligations regarding compliance with money laundering provisions. Barristers are able to draft relevant documents and to advise on restraint, receivership and disclosure orders.

Our barristers have significant experience in defending and prosecuting confiscation proceedings, including those involving worldwide freezing orders, which prevent an individual from disposing of assets or moving them out of the country; restraint orders, which freeze assets in order to protect them for potential future confiscation proceedings; and all other forms of confiscation and asset forfeiture.

These proceedings tend to arise:

  • before, during and after prosecution in cases of general crime;
  • in relation to serious fraud cases;
  • in relation to financial services regulation; and
  • as a result of action in the High Court initiated by the Home Office following a request for assistance made by a foreign state.

We are able to draw on both our criminal law expertise and our substantial experience in financial regulatory matters to provide appropriate and effective advice and representation in all of these circumstances.