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Restraint Orders

The authorities have extensive powers when it comes to restraint orders, cash forfeiture and account freezing. The right specialist advice can ensure you retain what is yours.

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Whether you are facing a restraint order, cash forfeiture or the possibility of your account being frozen you have to be seeking the right legal advice immediately.

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) gives the authorities a wide range of powers in these areas. Delaying seeking advice or not obtaining the best advice can seriously jeopardise your chances of retaining your assets.

At Rahman Ravelli, we are recognised as experts in all aspects of this field of law – a field that can place many demands on those who are the subject of such proceedings. Our experts ensure the authorities do not take what they are not entitled to take.

This is because such activity by the authorities can be contested.

Challenging Assumptions

At Rahman Ravelli we believe in pro-active defending, the early implementation of effective strategies and strong, intelligent challenges to the assumptions that have been made.

We understand the importance to individuals and companies of minimising the effect of any action by enforcement agencies. In appropriate cases, we apply to the court for orders to be discharged or varied to ensure that our clients can continue their normal lives.

A restraint order is essentially the first step in the authorities’ attempt to confiscate your assets. An account freezing order is a recently-introduced but potentially far-reaching tool that the authorities can now use to control an individual’s bank and building society accounts. It can be seen as the modern-day equivalent to cash forfeiture, where the authorities use the law to take a person’s money.

The serious nature of all three of these and the long-term impact they can have make it vitally important that the right advice is sought immediately. Failing to do so can mean time limits passing, chances to challenge allegations being missed and even contempt of court action being brought for failure to comply with certain legal requirements.

These are worst-case scenarios. But they need to be avoided. At Rahman Ravelli we ensure such problems do not arise.

We handle each and every stage of such proceedings to ensure nothing is left to chance and that you are given the best possible opportunity to defend what is yours.

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Aziz Rahman is Senior Partner at Rahman Ravelli and its founder. His ability to coordinate national, international and multi-agency defences has led to success in some of the most significant corporate crime cases of this century and top rankings in international legal guides. He is recognised worldwide as one of the most capable legal experts regarding top-level, high-value commercial and financial disputes.

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