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If you’re facing a Civil Recovery Order call Slater and Gordon Lawyers for a free initial consultation. Our specialist Solicitors can provide immediate legal representation anywhere in the UK. Call freephone 0800 916 9054 or contact us online.
Civil Recovery Proceedings are taken in the High Court and the prosecuting agency need only establish that on the balance of probabilities criminal activity has taken place and the funds which it seeks to recover represent the proceeds of such crime.
More recently the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has used this power in many high profile cases, particularly where a corporate is involved; recent cases where the SFO has issued civil recovery proceedings have involved Balfour Beatty, Amec plc and Macmillian Publishing, for example.
We advised Balfour Beatty in what was the first ever Civil Recovery Order concluded by the SFO. The case related to the construction of the Bibliotheca, the Great Library of Alexandria, and formed the template for the SFO guidance on corporate self reporting.
David Green QC the SFO’s current director has however indicated that the use of such orders will be greatly restricted in future with full criminal prosecutions becoming more common once again.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers are the legal experts in civil recovery, having over 30 years' expertise assisting clients and ensuring the most favourable outcomes possible are achieved.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers is one of the UK's largest and well known law firms with offices in London, Manchester, Watford, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Preston, Wakefield and Wrexham.