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Cash detention and forfeiture

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (’POCA’) cash can be seized from you by the police or perhaps by UK Border Force at the airport if it is suspected to be the proceeds of criminal activity, or intended by any person for use in unlawful conduct.

Cash can be seized for up to a maximum of 2 years with an Order for continued detention by the Magistrates Court after which the cash has to be returned or Forfeited.

You will be made aware of an application for forfeiture or detention  as POCA states notice must be provided prior to the application so that any objections to the application can be made. The cash will remain detained until the conclusion of any forfeiture proceedings.

We have a long history of successfully defending applications for cash detention and forfeiture.  The law in this area is complicated and it can be a frustrating process where significant sums of cash have been seized.

We will advise you upon the impact of challenging an application for forfeiture if you are also under investigation for an alleged financial crime.

We have the expertise to advise and represent you regarding your rights after cash has been seized, provide quality representation to oppose applications for the detention of cash at a Magistrates’ Court, advise you on the preparation of evidence in proceedings for cash detention or forfeiture, provide advice and representation in applications for the return of seized cash, advise and represent you in proceedings for the forfeiture of cash.

To arrange a preliminary consultation or to find out how we can support you, please send us an email, complete our online enquiry form or call us on 020 3813 5006.


Brett Wilson LLP possesses the expertise to:

  • Advise and represent you regarding your rights after cash has been seized.
  • Provide quality representation to oppose applications for the detention of cash at a Magistrates’ Court.
  • Advise you on the preparation of evidence in proceedings for cash detention or forfeiture.
  • Provide advice and representation in applications for the return of seized cash.
  • Advise and represent you in proceedings for the forfeiture of cash.

Contact Us

For a confidential discussion about your case contact our approachable and knowledgeable confiscation solicitors by sending us an email or telephoning 020 3740 4704

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