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NCA and civil asset recovery

If you are a Respondent in civil asset recovery proceedings, or you have been served with a Property Freezing Order ('PFO') then you need expert advice in this specialist field.

At Brett Wilson LLP, our solicitorss have been involved in many of the leading cases in this area.  This firm was responsible for securing the principle that legal fees ought to be made available from frozen funds under a PFO where it is equitable for such exception to be made (see SOCA v A [2011] EWHC 1551)

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.


Civil Recovery Order

Under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the National Crime Agency is able to make a civil claim in the High Court for recovery of assets belonging to any individual or corporate body on the basis that such property was acquired through ‘unlawful conduct’.  The relief sought by NCA is known as a civil recovery order.

Under Part 6 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the National Crime Agency can assume the powers of HMRC tax inspectors and claim unpaid taxation where they suspect income or capital gains are accrued from criminal activity.


Unexplained Wealth Order

The new Criminal Finances Act 2017 gives enforcement authorities such as the NCA, HMRC, FCA and the SFO new investigative powers which are designed to help law enforcement act on suspected corrupt assets.

Section 1 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (‘POCA’) gives the High Court the discretion to grant an Unexplained Wealth Order where there is a suspicion that an asset could not have been purchased using lawfully obtained income.

Contact one of our experts in this field who can assist you in:

  • Advising upon the scope of Property Freezing Orders;
  • Make applications for discharge and variation of Property Freezing Orders;
  • Prepare disclosure statements in compliance with High Court Orders;
  • Advise and represent you in defence of claims for civil recovery;
  • Represent clients in interviews compelled by Disclosure Orders; and
  • Assist in your response to an application for an Unexplained Wealth Order.

Our Expertise

Under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the National Crime Agency is able to make a civil claim in the High Court for recovery of assets belonging to any individual or corporate body on the basis that any asset was acquired through ‘unlawful conduct’.  The remedy sought by NCA is known as a civil recovery order.

Under Part 6 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the National Crime Agency can assume the powers of HMRC tax inspectors and claim unpaid taxation where they suspect income or capital gains are accrued from criminal activity.

At Brett Wilson LLP you can trust us to:

  • Advise you on the scope of Property Freezing Orders and negotiate on your behalf regarding living expenses and other forms of variation.
  • Make applications for discharge and variation of Property Freezing Orders.
  • Prepare disclosure statements in compliance with High Court Orders.
  • Advise and represent you in defence of claims for civil recovery.
  • Represent clients in interviews compelled by Disclosure Orders.

Contact our Civil Asset Recovery Solicitors 

To arrange a preliminary consultation or to find out how we can support you, please send us an emailcomplete our online enquiry form or call us on 020 3813 5441.

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