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10th October 2017



Many people have had Confiscation Orders made against them since this Act came into force and over the years many have been advised by their legal representatives to accept huge benefit figures on the basis that " well you're never likely to have that sort of money so you dont' need to worry about it". Since the government Audit Commission heavily criticised police forces for not seizing sufficient assets they have now set up special teams to re-visit old Confiscation Orders to see if the subject has accumulated any new assets since they were convicted. This can be several years after the event and in fact indefinitely as long as there is an outstanding benefit figure. We are finding that many clients do in fact turn their lives around after a conviction and some have family homes, are left money by much loved relatives or are just prudent with money they manage to earn from legal hard work. These clients are always devastated to find out that all their newly acquired assets can be taken by the Prosecution to satisfy an order which they were mistakenly advised to accept on the basis that they would only have to pay the sum if they won the lottery. This bad advice is now ruining many families so please take great care before accepting figures put forward by the Prosecution, have them checked thoroughly by people who are familiar with this work and always look to challenge the Benefit Figure as well as the Available Amount because they are often works of fiction and grossly exaggerated particularly in drug cases.

Your first contact for defending your Proceeds of Crime cases.

Take advantage of our vast experience and our professional and reliable approach. Proceeds of Crime Consultants will help you negotiate this legislation and come out of the case in the best possible financial position. The Proceeds of Crime Act was designed to be severe on those said to have benefitted from crime and it has many aspects which clients find unfair and unreasonable. It is our intention to fully explain those aspects to clients and assist them to gather the evidence they need to satisfy the Court of their genuine benefit and the correct level of confiscation applicable in their case.

We believe that the Crown's Benefit Figures should never be agreed without long and hard consideration. Diligent enquiries should always be made with the relevant banks, Department of Works and Pensions, Insurance companies and other legitimate sources of funds to reduce a client's Benefit Figure when ever possible.

Based in Carlisle we cover Cumbria and the North of England but we are willing to undertake or advise upon cases arising elsewhere if the circumstances are viable.

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Find out more about our benefits, our philosophy and our team of specialist advisers.

Who we are

David Whyte and Kevin O'Connor form the team of Financial Investigators known as Proceeds of Crime Consultants. Together with diligent and knowledgeable support staff they aim to assist members of the public and Criminal Defence Solicitors to defend Proceeds of Crime Applications made by the The Crown Prosecution Service. 

Take a look at our advantages

  • We undertake the complete enquiry on your behalf
  • We adhere to all court dates and timetables and serve Responses in good time
  • We will make our clients feel involved with and informed about their individual cases
  • We work within Legal Aid rates
  • We will see the case through from Sentence to Final hearing