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Lewis Nedas Law are London-based solicitors, frequently rated in both Chambers UK and The Legal 500. With over 30 years’ experience as specialist solicitors in central London, UK, we can help you or your business today. Tel: 020 7387 2032.

Lewis Nedas Law are London-based solicitors, frequently rated in both Chambers UK and The Legal 500. With over 30 years’ experience as specialist solicitors in central London, UK, we can help you or your business today. Tel: 020 7387 2032.

OCT
13

Lewis Nedas law nominated for 2017 Modern Law Awards 

awards trophyWe are very pleased that our Crime and fraud departments have been nominated for this years ‘Modern Law Awards'.

  

 

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OCT
06

Latest case results and new instructions for Lewis Nedas crime, fraud and tax investigation solicitors

  1. court representation defence londonJeffrey Lewis is advising a Company Director in the UK who is currently being investigated by the NCA for bribery and corruption allegations linked with the public sector in a caribbean country;

  2. Jeffrey is also advising two large long established buy to let (private sector) residential landlords, who are being separately investigated by various local authorities for multiple breaches of HMO licences. The local authorities concerned are also contemplating recovery proceedings under POCA 2002 (The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002). This is a relatively new approach by the local authorities to recover substantial sums (rent etc.) earned by those who have breached their HMO licences. The powers under POCA 2002 are both draconian and extensive, as they allow the prosecuting authority to go back 6 years before the commission of the offences and recover monies gained by the landlords of the property concerned. We are seeing more of these proceedings against private sector landlords, and have specialist lawyers that can assist you if you face these issues;

  3. Our new Oxford Office is booming:

    a) Sean Reilly represented an individual facing firearms and extreme pornography offices, who was acquitted after robust submissions were made by his defence Advocate, James Reilly. Sean and James are also instructed in a new murder prosecution to be heard at Oxford Crown Court;

    b) Richard Demczak successfully represented a client who faced trial at Oxford Crown Court, concerning allegations that he conspired to rob a cannabis factory. He was acquitted by the jury;

    c) Richard also represents the following clients:

    - An individual suspected of hacking into the computers of multiple Oxford Colleges; 
    - An 11 yr old child accused of raping another 8 yr old child;
    - Two separate cases of historic rape allegations;

  4. Unan Choudhury successfully represented a young man accused of various serious offences in relation to acid attacks and possession of a noxious substance. He was tried in absence and very unusually acquitted of all charges, despite his failure to appear at trial;

  5. Siobhain Egan successfully represented a hospital doctor who faced an investigation spanning many months into various allegations of fraud - the investigation was dropped by the investigating authority after detailed submissions were made by Siobhain upon her clients behalf;

    Siobhain also:

    - Advised the Director of a FX trading desk working for an international bank investigated for dishonesty, the matter was resolved by way of a civil remedy and criminal proceedings were avoided;
    - Advises a locum GP facing proceedings brought by HMRC into his use of a Personal Service Company and IR35;
    - Advises a hospital doctor facing a complaint concerning sexual offences;
    - Advises another young professional man facing an allegation of rape.

     

 

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OCT
05

Siobhain Egan's article on the survival of the SFO published in Financier Worldwide

suit in handcuffsSFO v. NCA – will the SFO win the battle for survival this time? Read the article in the Financier Worldwide here.

  

 

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SEP
12

Latest instructions and successes for Lewis Nedas Commercial and Litigation Department and Ian Coupland, Adam Creasey and Annabelle Pantling

insider tradingIan Coupland:

  • Successfully settling a long-running commercial dispute in respect of our client’s rights – relating to the terms of a share purchase agreement;

  • Successful settlement of negotiations with Treasury Solicitors bona vacantia department relating to high value property portfolio;

  • Instructed to advise and represent a Director in Company Director Disqualification proceedings (several similar new instructions on cases of this nature). 

 

Adam Creasey:

  • Successfully settling a construction dispute worth £30,000.00 on behalf of Defendant company with very favourable result;

  • Acting for the Contractor in a construction dispute in the sum of £125,000.00, and is currently in the midst of successfully negotiating settlement;

 

Annabelle Pantling:

  • Successfully obtaining relief from forfeiture of a commercial lease within 48 hours of client’s initial instruction, client is back in and trading successfully, having turned over £10,000.00 within his first week re-trading;

  • Obtaining default judgment in the sum of £150,000.00 against a property investment company, of which our client was a former director and now Issuing winding up proceedings to obtain payment.

     

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SEP
07

More planned changes for POCA (Proceeds of Crime Act), asset restraint and confiscation proceedings

confiscationThe Home Affairs Parliamentary Committee concluded in July 2017, that Government and prosecution authorities are simply not doing enough to secure the proceeds of crime, from those convicted of crimes, and those who have managed to evade prosecution.

Focusing upon those convicted of criminal offences, over £1.61 billion remains outstanding from Confiscation orders made by the Courts, albeit 1/3 of that sum represents penalties and interest for non payment of those orders. As a result, The Law Commission has turned his attention to the issue and will report in October 2017.

In truth, the SFO and FCA have a much better record as far as recouping the proceeds of crime are concerned, certainly better than police forces, CPS and the NCA, that is probably because they have relatively well resourced specialist teams of lawyers and financial investigators.

Another possible explanation is that those convicted of financial crime and fraud often have easily identifiable assets, when compared with those convicted of drugs or people trafficking offences.

There have been substantial changes to the POCA regime, as embodied within this years Criminal Finances Act 2017 re Sar reports and Unexplained Wealth Orders (please see our blog: Unexplained Wealth Orders : a new tool for seizing proceeds of crime 12/4 2017 – newsroom section on our website).

The CFA 2017 brings in new disclosure orders including the requirement of a third party to disclose information as required and amendments to SAR regime.

All POCA regulated firms can now share information with other such regulated firms where there is a suspicion of money laundering.

The NCA will now be able to extend the moratorium period to six months and the Magnitsky Clause within the CFA allows non–conviction recovery powers to include assets obtained by a gross abuse of human rights.

Additionally, The Home Office and The Attorney Generals Office have just closed a consultation on 25/09/2017 which will focus upon the following discreet areas:

  1. Powers to search, seize, and detain property
  2. Exercising investigation powers under POCA 2002
  3. Using search powers to recover criminal cash
  4. Powers to seize identifiable listed assets
  5. Prosecutors guidance on the operation of POCA investigation powers
  6. Exercise of various new seizure, detention and forfeiture powers under the CFA 2017 (Criminal Finances Act)

The FCA is also considering criminally prosecuting firms/individuals for anti money laundering failings – see their business plan for 2017/2018.

They are keen to also establish 0PBAS (Office for Professional Body AML Supervisors), which will oversee (and enforce) obligations under new AML Regulations.

 

How can we help you?

We have one of the leading specialist POCA defence teams in the Country; we advise those facing POCA proceedings and those immediately affected by such orders e.g. third parties, business partners and co Directors.

Our team includes specialist White Collar/Corporate Crime defence teams, highly ranked by the leading Legal ranking directories and are  highly experienced when dealing with these proceedings, including AML, taxation, bribery and corruption, market offences, and have a genuinely in depth knowledge of Prosecution agencies policies and behaviour.

A number of other firms of lawyers have Dispute Resolution Departments comprising of corporate litigators and young barristers that deal with this field and are relative newcomers to this area of law. Not us, we have been dealing with these issues since the enactment of POCA 2002 and believe in early pro active defence, an approach which has proved to be very successful.

Please contact our asset confiscation team on 02073872032 or use our online enquiry facility at www.lewisnedas.co.uk

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