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Fraud, white collar crime, corruption and bribery allegations require specialist advice. We are recognised both national and internationally in this field, appearing in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. We are also members of the Exchange Chambers' Fraud Forum.

We can also assist individuals and corporations, in this country and abroad, who are being investigated under the Bribery Act or similar multi-jurisdictional legislation including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977 (FCPA).

We have experience of dealing with  prosecuting authorities and investigative agencies both in the UK and abroad.

Proceeds of Crime and Confiscation

The Proceeds of Crime Act reverses the rules for UK confiscation and puts the burden for much of the proceedings on the Defence. With the Prosecution utilising this draconian legislation, defendants are at risk of losing all their assets. It is vital that you get advice from a practice which has experience in defending this specialist field.

Civil Asset Recovery

The National Crime Agency has wide civil powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act to obtain Property Freezing Orders and to seek Civil Recovery Orders. These are High Court proceedings rather than being in the criminal courts, but our specialist lawyers can help you.

We can seek to vary or discharge Property Freezing Orders, and can oppose the making of Civil Recovery Orders, or work with you to negotiate a successful outcome with the NCA.



  • Colin Byrne
  • Kevin Blount
  • Jacky East
  • Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks

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Contact us

Howard & Byrne are available 24 hours a day. Call 01904 431421

148 Lawrence Street, York YO10 3EB

Tel:  +44 (0) 1904 431421
Fax: +44 (0) 1904 411664

The Gridiron Building
1 St Pancras Square London N1C 4AG

Tel: +44 (0) 203 714 5096


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56 Gladstone Lane
Scarborough YO12 7BS

Tel: +44 (0) 1723 655000