Lauren Bowkett: Head of Department
- 0113 224 7811
Lauren deals with some of the departments most high-profile cases. One of the largest matters relates to a £6 million hidden assets order on which Lauren was required to work exclusively for four months. The case resulted in Lauren attending court and giving expert evidence, receiving praise from both the Judge and the CPS for her high standard of work and the manner in which she presented her evidence.
In addition, Lauren has taken the lead in the negotiations with Financial Investigators and Counsel and has settled many matters out of Court without the need for a contested hearing.
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 which if not dealt with can have an effect on a client’s life forever.
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 contesting on applications put forward by the Prosecution under Section 22 POCA 2002 to increase the available amount and drafting her own applications under Section 23 of POCA 2002 to reduce the available amount and stop interest accruing. Lauren also has a flow of private instruction for Section 10A applications, asserting third party interests.
Lauren can also help with any issues raised in respect of restraint orders and help with the settlement of Confiscation Orders and she also acts as an advocate at the Magistrates Court for Enforcement Hearings.
More recently Lauren has spearheaded the POCA conveyancing department and works closely with Wilsons Auctioneers who recognise us as their main conveyancers for all POCA properties. 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 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
- 0113 2440597
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.
- 0113 244 7839
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 as well as valued experience to the team and Lauren with the department’s complex matters.
- 0113 224 7820
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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