On 1 July 2019, Wimbledon magistrates’ court ruled that an account freezing order (AFO) imposed by the court on an earlier date should stay in place.
The account holder had tried to show that there was no longer reasonable grounds to suspect that the funds in the account were recoverable property.
Following Dan’s cross-examination of the account holder, and submissions to the District Judge, the account holder’s application to discharge the AFO was unsuccessful.
AFOs are a new power given to the police under the Criminal Finances Act 2017. Despite being relatively new, their use is becoming increasingly widespread.
Dan was instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service.
Dan Jones is a barrister who specialises in criminal law. He has built a strong Crown court practice, acting principally for the defence in a wide range of criminal matters, but particularly cases of serious violence, sexual offences, offences related to the possession and supply of drugs and firearms offences.