Helen Lynch, came to Cohen Cramer in August 2014 to head our specialist confiscation unit, which we call the POCA (Proceeds of Crime Act) team and in that time has seen a meteoric rise in the number of both cases and staff. There are now 3 full time lawyers in the POCA team with 2 consultants used for the bigger cases.
The team work exclusively on POCA work offering a broad range of services from contesting the Crown’s case to all ancillary matters such as applications to reduce amounts owing and getting extra time to pay.
The team also sell assets and this year alone has worked with the conveyancing department selling over 20 houses to settle client’s orders. In simple terms, we offer the whole range of services under confiscation law.
As well as acting for our own clients, many of our cases come from people who following their conviction want us to deal with their POCA cases because of our expertise. We deal with any transfers of legal aid and if we are instructed at the earliest opportunity after conviction this is usually straightforward.
We regularly instruct specialist forensic experts to assist with the defence for our clients and we also work with a select number of specialist barristers.
We will deal with confiscation cases anywhere in England and Wales.
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John Goodwin heads the crime, fraud and regulatory team at Cohen Cramer in Leeds. Helen Lynch heads the firm’s proceeds of crime team, which has a specialist conveyancing department, and comes highly recommended for her work in this field. She is a committee member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (POCLA) and is chair of POCLA North. John Hera joined the POCA team in March 2016. The firm covers MTIC and carousel frauds, tax fraud, substantial drug prosecutions involving major money-laundering elements, other complex money-laundering cases, estate fraud and care home fraud, among other things. The team acts for individual defendants as well as corporate and professional clients.