Specialist Criminal & Regulatory Barristers

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Restraint Confiscation & Civil Recovery

Red Lion Chambers are specialists in restraint confiscation, civil recovery and cash forfeiture cases. Our barristers are exceptionally strong negotiators and advocates and are renowned for their expertise in providing legal advice and representation following the confiscation and seizure of assets.

We also advise on the civil recovery of property and cash. Chambers has successfully acted in a number of high-profile cases in this complex area of law. Our barristers are renowned for both prosecuting and defending and can therefore provide a balanced and enhanced perspective to individuals and agencies who are affected by such matters. 

Chambers have also built up considerable experience in complicated confiscation proceedings and are well-versed in the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). Our experience in complex fraud cases means that we are able to provide a first-class service to our clients.



EA. v. X and ors (2015-16): Represents the Environment Agency in pre-charge restraint proceedings concerning a number of company directors following the contamination of land during construction of a large distribution centre in the Bristol area. – Tom Forster

R v S & others (2015): Led junior instructed for the third defendant in an alleged multi-handed, million-pound property investment scheme fraud. The defendants were said to have stolen money from a number of senior police officer investors and to have committed mortgage fraud when purchasing the properties in which they invested. After significant legal argument regarding admissibility of evidence and abuse of process, the judge excluded the majority of the evidence relating to the main counts on the indictment, and the prosecution elected to offer no evidence. – Jane Oldfield

R v. BM and Co: Currently advising and representing a large airport car-parking company and its director in a fraud and money-laundering allegation (and restraint order), which was investigated and reported by the media.- Sailesh Mehta

In the Matter of Janak Patel and in the Matter of the Criminal Justice Act 1988: Advised on the appropriateness of seeking a restraint order and receivership post confiscation order in circumstances where new assets had been discovered by R.C.P.O. Also subsequently instructed to appear and advise in the confiscation enforcement proceedings following the granting of the restraint order. – Hannah Willcocks

In the matter of Christopher Barcroft and in the matter of the Criminal Justice Act 1988: Application to the High Court for a restraint order under the CJA 1988 on behalf of Thameside Metropolitan Council prior to the defendant being summoned to the Magistrates’ Court in respect of benefit fraud offences. The order, as amended by Hannah, was granted. – Hannah Willcocks

R v Ronald Meddes and others (2009-2011): Junior prosecution Counsel for DEFRA in a case concerning the illegal importation and supply of approximately £6million of unauthorised and prescription - only veterinary medicines. One of the largest prosecutions of its kind for DEFRA attracting local, national and international media interest, the case involved extradition proceedings, the obtaining of extensive evidence from abroad, contested expert evidence and issues arising from restraint proceedings. In addition to her role as junior counsel, Hannah also acted as disclosure counsel. Hannah Wilcox

R v McGarry and others (2010/12) (Def jnr): Represented chartered surveyor in high profile SFO prosecution of £50M mortgage fraud in wake of banking crisis. Successful appeal against sentence reported at [2012] EWCA Crim 255. Case involved complex contested confiscation proceedings. Felicia Davy

Operation Devout Confiscation (2008-2014) (HMRC): Multi-million pound, multi-jurisdictional confiscation proceedings involving the movement of money through trusts and bank accounts in Jersey, the British Virgin Islands, Liechtenstein, Dubai and Switzerland. This prosecution included the case of R v Ahmad & Ahmed [2012] EWCA Crim 391. Rebecca Chalkley

Operation Steamroller, 2008 to 2016: prosecuted (as 1st junior) SFO’s largest ever boiler room fraud and money laundering trials resulting in 10 convictions over multiple trials. Advised (alone) on POCA work pre-trial. Advised (alone) on investigation pre-charge. – Sara Lawson

Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd v Director of Public Prosecutions [2016] Lloyd’s Rep FC 108 (international mutual assistance, restraint order, bribery and corruption, Nigerian oil field); Jonathan Fisher QC

Acted for SFO as leading junior in confiscation proceedings arising out of the multi-million pound Imperial Consolidated Group Investment fraud – Allison Clare

Gillian Jones also acts as independent disclosure counsel and advises City law firms on money laundering and compliance procedures. Given the nature of Gillian's practice, many of her cases require specialist knowledge of restraint and confiscation, the obtaining of material from foreign jurisdictions, the use of forensic accountants and the understanding and analysis of complex bank movements and off-shore transactions.

Operation Devout Confiscation (2008-2014): Multi-million pound, multi-jurisdictional confiscation proceedings involving the movement of money through trusts and bank accounts in Jersey, the British Virgin Islands, Liechtenstein, Dubai and Switzerland. – Rebecca Chalkley

R v Lee [Bank of Scotland as an interested party] (City of Westminster Magistrates): Tom represented the interested party – the Bank – in an application for forfeiture of large cash sums. The matter was complicated as it involved the tracing of assets linked to a multi-million pound mortgage fraud of commercial property. – Tom Forster

Next Steps

Identifying the right barrister and ensuring their early involvement is essential to maximising the prospects of a positive outcome. With our expert understanding of the criminal justice system, we guide our clients through the legal process.

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Chambers UK - Crime

”The clerks are very dependable," and “always anxious to help.”


Chambers UK - Fraud

"Red Lion Chambers both prosecutes and defends serious fraud cases, securing involvement in some of the causes célèbres of the day such as the BAE Systems corruption affair and the pharmaceuticals cartel investigation."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Red Lion Chambers offers clients a great deal of experience and a high level of professionalism. Observers note that it has proved skilful in maintaining the standards of its members over the years and it is widely expected to thrive in this period of uncertainty at the Criminal Bar."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"Substantial number of talented criminal fraud practitioners."

Chambers UK - Crime

"When instructing barristers from Red Lion Chambers, you always know that you will get a safe pair of hands. The large group of capable barristers specialises in the full range of criminal and related regulatory work."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Likeable, knowledgeable, responsive and proactive clerks."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Because Red Lion Chambers has that strength and depth, if you cannot obtain your barrister of choice, there is always someone of equal stature and ability to then take on the case."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"Red Lion Chambers is viewed as "one of the prestige sets" and is a popular choice for fraud work."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"The clerks are very helpful and always do their very best to accommodate us at short notice. They work closely with the members, so they are very good at knowing who you will like and who you will want."

Chambers UK - Fraud

Home to some of the most cogent, eloquent and outstandingly prepared advocates."

Legal 500 - Crime

"Around 80 members dedicated exclusively to the full range of crime work."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"You can't go wrong at Red Lion Chambers if you are facing a serious, high-value fraud matter. Its team is well versed in all aspects of white-collar crime, and excels when defending lengthy and labyrinthine fraud trials. It also proves equally strong on the prosecution side ..."


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