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Chinese Citizens’ Bank Accounts Frozen by UK Authorities

5th May 2021

Philip Hackett Q.C. of 36 Commercial has successfully represented two Chinese citizens resident in the UK who had several bank accounts frozen under the civil procedures pursuant s. 3031Z of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002. The Interim Account Freezing Orders (AFOs) were set aside for material non-disclosure at the ex parte application and his clients received indemnity costs and a written apology from the Commissioner of Police. He then made a successful application for statutory compensation under s. 303Z18 POCA 2002.  A search warrant that had been obtained ex parte under section 263 POCA, in the same investigation, was also set aside with an award of costs and damages. The client’s property was returned, and a further written apology made by the Commissioner.

Philip Hackett Q.C. and Racheal Muldoon will be discussing all of the issues raised in this case and interim account freezing orders in the #36commercialcrime webinar series on 6th May at 4pm (BST) register below:

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