Crime: Confiscation

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 expertise and our substantial experience in financial regulatory matters to provide appropriate and effective advice and representation in all of these circumstances.

We are regular contributors to Sweet & Maxwell's 'Anti-Money Laundering Guide', writing on confiscation, restraint, civil recovery, and Proceeds of Crime Act investigations.

Notable cases:

R v Davies
Counterfeiting and confiscation
David Groome


For more information on crime-related matters, please contact the clerks on 020 7933 8855 or