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  • Jessica Parker is praised as "clever, efficient and very good at looking after the client's emotional wellbeing."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • I think they're a great firm for [POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture]. Very boutique-like and dedicated to their clients.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • Peter Binning is a "highly experienced all-rounder".

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • Andrew Smith "is very responsive and very energetic in the way he approaches a problem".

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Peter Binning is "very good at the strategic aspects and knows how to prepare and marshal evidence for the best forensic effect."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Peter Binning is well-regarded as "very astute - he really identifies legal issues and gives sound advice."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • Andrew Smith is acclaimed in Chambers as "a huge legal brain and a thoroughly nice guy to boot."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • Jessica Parker "is very cool and collected".

    Chambers UK 2018

Cash and asset seizure & forfeiture

UK law enforcement agencies possess wide powers to seize or detain property on the basis of suspicion that it is the proceeds of crime. The scope of these powers is wide and since February 2018 include a credit balance held at any UK bank or building society. Applications for seizure are made to magistrates’ courts and normally they are made without notice. Subsequently, law enforcement can apply for the permanent forfeiture of the seized property. It only has to prove on a balance of probabilities that the property was somehow obtained as a consequence of criminal conduct which occurred either in the UK or elsewhere.

Law enforcement’s priorities concerning property crime are gradually – but quietly – shifting away from prosecuting individuals to seizing and stripping them of their assets. The Asset Freezing Orders and the Asset Forfeiture Orders created by the Criminal Finances Act 2017 are likely to cause an increasing number of applications.

Corker Binning has extensive experience in advising respondents (the person whose property has been seized) and others affected (family members) who suddenly lose control of their property as a result of a law enforcement action. See our blog on how to deal with and possibly defeat an application for an Asset Freezing Order.

Our many years of experience means we understand the methods of law enforcement officials. This enables us to guide clients to achieve a pragmatic result, whilst minimising the risk of adverse and consequential outcomes. We have acted for clients facing a full spectrum of allegations of criminality and have succeeded in having their property released.

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Our cash seizures lawyers have recently advised on the following matters:

  • Cash seized when entering or leaving the UK at an airport or port.
  • Cash seized from premises or a vehicle searched in respect of the investigation of a criminal offence (the cash might belong to the person under investigation or it might not. For example, it might belong to a family member or employer).
  • Cash seized from an individual who has been arrested for a criminal offence.
  • Cash seized from a safety deposit box (we have advised many individuals in the well publicised operation by the Metropolitan Police called Operation Rize in which three London safe depositaries were raided and 6,700 deposit boxes opened and searched).

For more information on how we can help you, please call 020 7353 6000.

Named as key individuals in the field of Financial Crime: Individuals by Chambers UK 2018:

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David Corker – Band 1

Peter Binning – Band 1

Jessica Parker – Band 4

Andrew Smith – Band 3

  • Corker Binning is ranked in Band 1 of recommended firms for Financial Crime: Individuals by Chambers 2018.
  • Corker Binning is ranked as a first tier firm for Fraud by The Legal 500 2017 and David Corker and Peter Binning are named as leading individuals for Fraud.
  • Peter Binning, David Corker, Jessica Parker and Robert Brown are recognised as leading lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018.

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