The Proceeds of Crime Act Team

Advice and Assistance from Cohen Cramer

Helen Lynch:

helenchambersHelen heads up the POCA Department and is responsible for the supervision of all the POCA cases, dealing with some of the more complex herself.   She has over 15 years’ experience in criminal defence work.  She is renowned within the field of POCA and was ranked again this year in Chambers and Partners as being a “fantastic proceeds of crime lawyer” by market sources. They go on to say that she is “very good in preparation, has a detailed extensive knowledge of the law, and provides a first-rate service.”

In the previous year’s publication she was described as “the queen of POCA and civil recovery”.  Clients think “she’s unbelievable.  Her knowledge of the case is remarkable, she’s on the ball and she backs you all the way”.   Helen also featured in Legal 500 in 2013 as a ‘true expert in her field.’

Helen, in her role as a committee member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (POCLA) and as chair of POCLA North, organises seminars for barristers and solicitors in relation to developing areas of confiscation law.

During her career, Helen has been instructed on some of the biggest ever POCA cases with one such case lasting over three years which saw a reduction in the benefit figure of over £6.1m.  She is regularly instructed on cases that require a team of lawyers which she supervises yet at the same time accepts instructions from people with minor proceedings.  Either way all her clients receive the same devoted service.






Lauren_Bowkett-04[1]Lauren Bowkett:

Lauren graduated from The University of Hull in 2011 and completed the Legal Practitioners Course at Leeds in 2013.

As a qualified solicitor Lauren is working within the Specialist Confiscation Unit and has gained extensive knowledge in the preparation of confiscation matters, drafting of applications to reduce the confiscation order, as well as applications to extend the time to pay and selling the assets.

As part of her training contract Lauren trained in Criminal Defence, POCA and Residential Conveyancing, which has been tailored so that now she is qualified Lauren is be able to offer a complete service from contesting the Crown’s case right through to selling any assets and settling the order itself.


Leah Arksey:

Having studied Law at Leeds Metropolitan University Leah joined the practice in 2015 and recently joined the POCA team having previously worked in the Personal Injury department.

Currently studying for her LPC, Leah is the department assistant and makes sure that her colleagues get the support they need.

John Hera:

John qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and gained notoriety through the Manchester, Salford, London and Birmingham legal circuits

John has worked on a number of high profile cases which have received widespread national media coverage.

John was the sole advocate in the case of R v Paul Hookway which involved a challenge to the police bail laws and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.  The representations John made before District Judge Finestein in Salford Magistrates’ Court ultimately led to this case being debated in the Supreme Court. The Conservative Government was forced to enact emergency legislation to overturn the decision made in this case as a result of the representations put forward by John.

Since joining Cohen Cramer however he now specialises entirely on POCA cases including the preparation of some of the team’s biggest cases, as well as conducting many Enforcement Hearings (successfully!!) at the Magistrates Court and of course conducting ancillary proceedings such as applications under Section 11, Section 23 and 22.  He is a senior and instrumental member of the team.

He had recently worked (with a team of two other solicitors) on one of the country’s biggest ever environmental confiscation cases earning praise from both the Judge and his opposition.

Other noteworthy cases:

R v W              Benefit figure reduced from £1,800,000 to £48,000

R v M               Benefit figure reduced from £1,300,000 to £450,000 and available amount reduced from £270,000 to £150,000


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