John was instructed by the National Crime Agency in a contested 2 day listed asset forfeiture case. The forfeiture related to 15 x 1kg gold bars which had been found in the hand luggage of a Singaporean national en route to India from Singapore via Heathrow.
The courier of the gold asserted that it was being transported from a gold dealer to be manufactured into fine Indian jewellery, however investigations revealed that the companies said to be involved were non-existent. John outlined the inconsistencies in the evidence of the Respondent across the two day hearing, and the court ordered forfeiture of the gold.
Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using their power to detain and forfeit listed assets including precious metals and stones, watches and artwork. Early advice from an experienced practitioner is essential for individuals facing these orders.
is ranked in The Legal 500 2022 for Proceeds of Crime and Asset Forfeiture. He is experienced in defending and prosecuting a range of proceedings arising from the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 including restraint and confiscation, cash forfeiture, and account freezing and forfeiture hearings.