Lauren Bowkett: Head of Department
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Lauren deals with the departments most complex and high-profile cases in relation to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). She represents clients across the UK and internationally. One of Lauren’s most complex matters to date related to a multi-million pound Hidden Assets Order. Lauren was required to work exclusively on the case for four months and won, saving the client years in prison. Lauren attended court and gave expert evidence. She received praise from both the Judge and the CPS for her high standard of work and the manner in which she presented her evidence.
Due to her expertise, Lauren is on the committee for the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association (POCLA) running educational seminars and events within the area of POCA. She also speaks at independent seminars on the subject matter.
Lauren has a clear analytical mind that understands the importance of review and consideration of the disparity between the benefit figure and the available amount. If not dealt with correctly it can affect a client’s life forever.
Lauren takes the lead in negotiations with Financial Investigators and Counsel. She has settled many matters out of Court without the need for a contested hearing, saving time and money to her clients.
In addition to main POCA matters, Lauren works on all types of ancillary matters such as extending the time to pay under Section 11 POCA 2002, advising and challenging applications from the Prosecution under Section 22 POCA 2002 to increase the available amount and reducing applications under Section 23 of POCA 2002. Lauren also has a flow of private instruction for Section 10A applications, asserting her clients’ third party interests.
Lauren can deal with any issue raised in respect of Restraint matters brought under POCA and help with the settlement of Confiscation Orders. She also acts as an advocate in the Magistrates Court at Enforcement Hearings, protecting clients from potential default sentences.
Lauren is also the Head of the POCA conveyancing department, a niche area specialising in assisting clients with the complexities of restrained properties which form part of Confiscation Orders. Lauren has been described as a ‘rising star of the POCA world’.
Some of her most notable cases are:
- R v K: benefit reduced from £1,434,105.00 to £70,000.00
- R v S: benefit reduced from £1,484,109.01 to £294,137.56
- R v T: successfully argued no hidden assets reducing the available amount from £100,000.00 to £2,131.54
- R v H: successfully argued no hidden assets reducing the available amount to £1 and reducing benefit figure from £1,148,937.88 to £194,950.00
For the expert legal advice you need contact Lauren today:
- 0113 224 7811
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Lucy joined the Crime team in early 2016 as a department assistant, having graduated from the University of Hull in Law with Criminology. In this role, Lucy assisted in the preparation of Crown Court cases, exposing her to all aspects of general crime defence work, which has fed her enthusiasm to pursue a career in this field.
Lucy is currently studying for a Masters of Laws in Legal Practice whilst completing her training contract. For her first seat, Lucy has taken up residence in the POCA department where she has gained invaluable experience defending applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act including ancillary matters and enforcement.
Lucy assists in the preparation of some of the most complex and high-value applications by the Crown whilst beginning to develop her own caseload.
In addition, Lucy is also a member of the POCA conveyancing team and is regularly instructed to deal with complex property transactions following confiscation and enforcement. The team take instructions both in-house and from external firms representing in POCA matters.
Lucy will be returning to the Crime department for her final seat where she intends to build on her experience defending prosecutions of Fraud, Money Laundering and Drug offences, having an acute awareness of the implications of POCA in the preliminary stages of criminal prosecutions.
Lucy aspires to practice exclusively in the Crime/POCA discipline with the ability to represent clients from the point of charge through to confiscation.
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Angela is an Australian qualified lawyer, admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales Australia in 2015. Having previously worked in social security law, Angela assisted in large-scale fraud cases for the Australian government and provided legal advice to federal investigative agencies. Angela will be admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales on the completion of her transfer exams later this year.
Angela currently works alongside Lauren on some of the departments most complex POCA cases. In terms of her own caseload, Angela works on the department’s ancillary matters concerning the settlement of confiscation order’s as well as preparing applications under Section 11, Section 22 and Section 23 of POCA 2002.
Angela’s previous qualification in Australia means that she brings a unique skill set to the department. Her systematic approach to case handling means that she provides an excellent service to her clients. Her experience is of great value to the team and in assisting Lauren’s more complex matters.
- 0113 244 7823
Robert moved to the POCA department in March for the third ‘seat’ of his training contract. Robert joined the firm in 2016 having studied History and Music at the University of Glasgow. He completed his GDL and LPC at BPP in Leeds.
Robert deals with the majority of conveyancing work that arises following the making of a Confiscation Order. He is able to utilise the skills from his previous litigation training to ensure that such transactions are dealt with smoothly and efficiently.
In addition, Robert assists and advises his departmental colleagues with general property and trust matters.
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Having studied Law and also the Legal Practice Course at Leeds Metropolitan University, Leah joined the practice in 2015 working in the Personal Injury Department but later joined the POCA team in 2017.
Leah is the Department Assistant and makes sure that her colleagues get the support they need.
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