18th March 2014
The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) makes provisions under law to freeze or seize
the assets of individuals who have been accused or convicted of making financial gain
from their criminal activity. At O’Garra’s Solicitors, we have extensive experience in
defending such actions, and we have a dedicated team of POCA experts waiting to
protect your interests.
In many cases we are involved with, we find that the distress caused by the seizure of
assets including cash and property can be just as devastating as the prospect of a
custodial sentence. Entire families can struggle to make ends meet when assets are
frozen, so we investigate cases on their individual merits and make representations to the
courts accordingly. We work to ensure that our clients and their families have enough
money to meet the everyday, essential expenses that everyone in society has.
Choosing O’Garra’s to represent you during POCA proceedings gives you access to
specialist knowledge in this particular area of the law, as well as extensive experience.
Unlike most other law firms in the UK, we have lawyers who deal only in POCA cases.
So, instead of having a solicitor who deals with general criminal defence, you get
someone who has defended countless POCA cases to protect your assets.
The advice and guidance we provide is not based on textbooks and the complexities of
the legal terminology used in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; it is based on reallife
cases we have defended in the past. This allows us to offer practical advice that is
relevant to your case. We intrinsically understand how the law operates in POCA cases,
so we can prepare you for the battle ahead.
A POCA case is often a complex and invasive one. Our expert lawyers will investigate
every area of your finances, and they will fight to minimise the amount you are ordered to
pay the court. We will also strive to ensure that only fully realisable assets are seized, and
we will do all of this with the utmost discretion and sympathy. We know how traumatic
these cases can be from experience, so we’re always available to offer genuine advice.
If your assets are under threat from a POCA investigation, calling us quickly will give you
the best chance possible of protecting your interests. The quicker we can begin
investigating the specifics of your case, the quicker we can start to mount a robust
defence. Get in touch without delay, and we’ll work with you to protect your financial