Restraint, Confiscation and Cash Seizures


The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 sets out the legislative scheme for recovering criminal assets and arms authorities with a wide range of investigative powers.

Restraint orders can be made against suspects or defendant in criminal cases to ‘freeze’ and prevent the dissipation of assets prior to a confiscation order being made. Confiscation proceedings are commenced post-conviction and allow authorities to confiscate the defendant’s assets to deprive him of the financial benefit of his crime. 

During criminal investigations and proceedings, innocent third parties such as co-owners, investors or business may be affected. We are able to provide advice and representation to protect third party interests on the implications of restraint and confiscation proceedings.

Our Criminal Solicitors are able to advise individuals and businesses in relation to:

  • Cash Seizure and Forfeiture in the Magistrates' Court
  • Confiscation proceedings 
  • Restraint proceedings
  • Third Parties Interests in Seized or Restrained Property

For more information on restraint, confiscation and cash seizures and how we can help you, please contact our Motoring, Crime and Regulatory Team on 01279 755777 or get in touch with Dan Hart, Solicitor Advocate in our Motoring, Crime and Regulatory Team.

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