5 St Andrew’s Hill has a long-established tradition of expertise within the areas of asset recovery, civil fraud, and confiscation. 5 St Andrew's Hill has top-ranked barristers and specialist clerks who deliver focused outcomes for each case and client. The client may be a prosecutor, a defendant, an interested party, or a victim of unlawful conduct. 

5 St Andrew’s Hill is a set of leading London barristers with a very strong team dealing with asset recovery and confiscation work. The team has been involved in this area of work for many years; and has since 2002 grown with the ever-expanding fields of work under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

"5 St Andrews Hill includes a number of juniors involved in significant confiscation cases."

Legal 500 2019

  • Chambers and Partners rank the team in Band 2 for their expertise in asset forfeiture and proceeds of crime work.

  • The team is also ranked in the Legal 500 as a Tier 3 leading set in POCA and asset forfeiture.

  • Individually our expertise continues to be recognised with four of our barristers ranked within Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.  

"Renowned for its asset recovery and confiscation work, this set shows strong international capabilities. Members represent both prosecuting entities, such as the CPS and SFO, as well as defendants and enforcement receivers."

Chambers and Partners 2019

Over recent years, there has been a marked increase in the volume and complexity of cases concerning the forfeiture of assets said to have been derived from crime, in both civil and criminal proceedings. In addition, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and associated regulations have made advice in relation to money laundering issues of great importance to professional and lay clients alike.

A content solicitor notes: "The set offers good barristers who value teamwork. They are proactive, highly intelligent and people who like to muck in and resolve problems."

Chambers and Partners 2019

Our specialist barristers act for both applicants and respondents and have appeared in many of the leading cases in this fast-developing and increasingly important area.  The barristers at 5 St Andrew's Hill can provide specialist advocacy and advice in asset forfeiture and confiscation, as well as civil recovery and condemnation actions.

"The clerks are organised and helpful." "They are very commercial and responsive."

Chambers and Partners 2019


Confiscation is the process which follows conviction in criminal proceedings and by which defendants are deprived of their assets in sums up to the value of their criminal gain. Such proceedings may take place under the Criminal Justice Act 1988, Drug Trafficking Act 1994, or the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Ancillary matters such as Restraint Orders, Disclosure Orders, Receiverships and other enforcement provisions may involve litigation in the High Court, Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and in some cases, more than one court will have jurisdiction. There may sometimes be conflicting claims from spouses or dependants which need to be resolved. We have acted for victims who seek to intervene in restraint and confiscation proceedings to ensure that their interests are not overlooked or overridden.  The barristers of 5 St Andrew’s Hill have the knowledge and experience needed to advise in and handle all types of confiscation cases.

Civil Recovery

Civil Recovery encompasses the two forms of the civil recovery process which may lead to the forfeiture of assets from those who may never have been convicted in a criminal court:

  • Civil Recovery Orders may be sought by the National Crime Agency in the High Court under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.  Civil recovery proceedings may encompass Property Freezing Orders, Unexplained Wealth Orders, Disclosure Orders and Production Orders.

  • Summary Forfeiture proceedings may be brought in the Magistrates’ Court following seizure by Police, Border Force or HM Revenue and Customs of cash under the Drug Trafficking Act 1994 or the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.  This jurisdiction is now expanded to cover Account Freezing Orders and Account Forfeiture Orders under section 303Z14 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Condemnation and Restoration

Condemnation is the civil process whereby seizures of goods by HM Revenue & Customs or Border Force may be challenged in the High Court or Magistrates’ Court under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979. Alternative remedies may also be pursued in the VAT and Duties Tribunal. This procedure most commonly applies where tobacco or alcohol have been seized, but it may also involve endangered species, goods subject to sanctions or export control, and often involves issues of European Law. An associated area is Restoration, where appeals may be made under the Finance Act 2004 to the Tribunal system.

Civil Fraud

Civil Fraud may encompass the obtaining or resisting of Freezing Orders (Mareva Injunctions) or Search and Seizure (Anton Piller) Orders in the High Court, through to contested hearings in actions for fraud, infringement of copyright or trademarks. These cases are rarely straightforward.  There may well be concurrent criminal and civil proceedings and we can advise and act for victims as well as those accused of crime. Often the victim of crime may obtain a more speedy and effective recovery via civil proceedings than by waiting for the outcome of charging, trial and criminal compensation.    

To schedule a consultation about your case, please contact our experienced clerks at 5 St. Andrew’s Hill.