BCL Partner, John Binns to speak at POCLA Member’s Forum, Belfast

BCL Partner, John Binns will take part in a panel discussion on ‘Proceeds of Crime – In Flux’ at the POCLA (Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association) Member’s Forum in Belfast tomorrow on 1st March 2019. BCL solicitor, David Hardstaff will also be in attendance at the Forum.

At this year’s event the panel of experts will discuss a range of issues including:

  • Does the panel think that Brexit will have any practical effect on the sharing of criminal intelligence and also the realisation of proceeds of crime in current EU member states to be transferred back to the UK?
  • Will the new tool under Part 5 of POCA, the Unexplained Wealth Order, have any kind of impact in Northern Ireland?
  • Would the panel support reversing the burden of proof in civil cases ?
  • Does an Act with over 500 sections and 12 schedules need simplification

For more information on POCLA’s Belfast Forum please visit their website.

John Binns is a partner at BCL specialising in all aspects of business crime, with a particular interest in confiscation, civil recovery and money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”).

His business crime experience includes representing suspects, defendants and witnesses in cases invoking allegations of bribery and corruption, fraud (including carbon credits, carousel/MTIC, land-banking, Ponzi and pyramid scheme frauds), insider trading, market abuse, price-fixing, sanctions-busting, and tax evasion. He has coordinated and undertaken corporate investigations and defended in cases brought by BEIS, the FCA, HMRC, NCA, OFT, SFO and others.

David Hardstaff is an associate solicitor at BCL specialising in criminal and regulatory law. He advises individuals and companies in relation to controlled drug licensing and AML/Proceeds of Crime considerations in the context of the domestic and international cannabis market. He has particular experience in advising and representing individuals accused of sexual offences, drugs offences and offences involving violence. He is an experienced police station representative and advocate and represents clients in a broad range of proceedings at the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal.