Restraint and Confiscation

The St Philips Criminal Group Restraint and Confiscation Team offer specialist advocates with substantial experience in all aspects of restraint and confiscation, both for matters arising out of criminal trials and also in separate forfeiture and confiscation proceedings.

The criminal barrister team understands the implications of restraint and confiscation which feature in all stages of the criminal process whether it be for the defence or the prosecution. The team provides representation in relation to the variation and discharge of restraint orders and also in applications where an individual’s assets can no longer meet a confiscation order.

We are regularly instructed by a range of prosecuting authorities including the Serious Fraud Office, the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, BIS and the specialist divisions of the Crown Prosecution Service. Members of the Group also work with the Regional Asset Recovery Teams and appear on behalf of individual police services.

There is equal experience in defending these proceedings. We represent everyone from the individual to the corporation, from those charged with single offences of dishonesty to those alleged to have been involved with organised crime. We understand that the consequences of a conviction can have major repercussions far beyond the date of sentence.

The team recognises that specialist knowledge is key to providing the very best service, including both advice and advocacy, in this

Our Restraint and Confiscation Barristers:

Please get in touch with our dedicated criminal clerking team with any questions regarding our service and expertise.

Andrew Rourke, Su Turner Gilbert, Hannah Rae, Somaya Shaikh and Megan Shorney. +44 (0)121 246 0200
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