My colleague and I found the POCA Forum very useful and interesting and it has already provoked comment and discussion amongst the team here.
Andrew Stonell, Financial Investigator, Wiltshire Police - POCA Forum ~ January 2013
Our Team has considerable experience in dealing with confiscation, asset recovery and the closely associated matter of money laundering.
Members deal on a day to day basis with matters arising under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and its predecessor acts, whilst acting for a range of prosecuting agencies or defendants affected by such matters. We have extensive experience in dealing with such matters for local Police Forces and are now acting for more and more Local Authority clients who are keen to take advantage of these Regulations especially in the current economic climate.
Members can advise on procedural matters and deal with the detention or forfeiture of seized cash and restraint orders and associated hearings.
Members of this Team initiated the first regular POCA Forum outside London. This combines the skills and knowledge of the Team members with those of various regulatory and prosecuting agencies, the Police, the CPS and Local Authorities. The ongoing exchange of information and best practice has proved mutually beneficial to members of the Forum which we tend to run four times and year and now take place both in Chambers and in Surrey.