Ryan Downes

Proceeds of Crime Specialist

Ryan specialises in all areas within the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings.

Over the years Ryan has had extensive experience working on a wide range of POCA matters, ranging from a breach of Restraint Order to multi million pound MTIC (Missing Trader Intra-Community) Fraud Cases, s.22 matters and s.10A applications wherein he has represented third parties such as families and spouses.

Ryan is happy to undertake work on all POCA matters ranging from discrete small matters to the largest and highest profile cases. His across the board experience and knowledge allows great scope for him to build and prepare a bespoke defence to the proceedings instigated against his clients.

Ryan is renowned for his excellent client care skills and extensive attention to detail in preparing his client’s case.

The areas of POCA that Ryan undertakes work within and specialises in are as follows;

1) Pre- Order Confiscation matters
2) Section 22 and 23 POCA applications
3) Enforcement and Post Order
4) Variations and Restraint Orders
5) Applications to Discharge Restraint Order pursuant to Section 42 of POCA
6) s.10A matters
7) Cash Forfeiture
8) Account Freezing Orders

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