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This two-part podcast series aims to give the listener an overview of some of the issues arising in confiscation proceedings in the crown court that can sometimes cause difficulties for practitioners.

In Part One Andrew will begin by considering the determination of the defendant’s ‘benefit’ in confiscation proceedings. He will consider the difficulties arising when determining ‘particular criminal conduct’ before going on to begin to look at how the court determines ‘general criminal conduct.’

In Part Two Andrew will continue to look at the practical difficulties that can arise when trying to determine general criminal conduct. He will then go on to discuss the issues arising when the court goes on to calculate the recoverable amount. He will also be considering what safeguards exist to protect defendants from injustice in the confiscation process and finally he will look at the issues that arise from sentences in default of payment.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand how the defendant’s benefit from particular criminal conduct is determined;
  • Know how to determine a defendant’s pecuniary advantage;
  • Understand how the court interprets ‘obtaining property’;
  • Be aware of some of the difficulties that courts have faced when determining whether a defendant has benefited;
  • Understand how the court will apportion benefit in a criminal enterprise;
  • Be aware of some of the pertinent authorities on the topic.
Specialist Difficulty: 5 of 5
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Sources and References:
  • CPS v Nelson and others [2010] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 82;
  • Drug Trafficking Act 1994 and Criminal Justice Act 1988;
  • Drug Trafficking Offences Act 1986;
  • Glaves v Crown Prosecution Service [2011] EWCA Civ 69;
  • Proceeds of Crime Act 2003;
  • R v Ahmed and Qureshi [2005] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 123;
  • R v Allpress and Symeou, R v Casal, R v Morris, R v Martin [2009] 2 Cr. App. R. (S.) 58;
  • R v Anderson [2010] EWCA Crim 615;
  • R v Aspinwell[2010] EWCA Crim 1294;
  • R v Barnham[2006] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 16;
  • R v Briggs-Price[2009] 1 AC 1026;
  • R v Clark, R v Severn [2011] EWCA Crim 15;
  • R v Del Basso and Goodwin[2011] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 41;
  • R v Gibbons[2003] 2 Cr. App. R. (S.) 169;
  • R v Jatvinder Singh[2009] EWCA Crim 1095;
  • R v May, Jennings v Crown Prosecution Service and R v Green [2008] 1 AC 1028, [2008] 1 AC 1046, [2008] 1 AC 1053;
  • R v Rigby [2006] 1 WLR 3067;
  • R v Shabir[2009] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 84;
  • R v Shahid [2009] 2 Cr. App. R. (S.) 105;
  • R v Sivaraman[2009] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 80;
  • R v Steed[2011] EWCA Crim 75;
  • Serious Fraud Office v Lexi Holdings [2009] 1 Cr. App. R. 23.

In this two part podcast series Andrew Bodnar from Matrix Chambers discusses confiscation in the crown court and considers some of the issues regarding the proper application of POCA and how they cause difficulty in practice.

Podcast added: 28/03/11

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-04-02

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