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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.

Specialist Team

Azizur Rahman C 09369 Azizur Rahman
Senior Partner
+44 (0)203 911 9339
Niall Hearty C 07998 Niall Hearty
+44 (0)203 910 4565
Syedur Rahman C 09551 Syedur Rahman
+44 (0)203 910 4566
Nicola Sharp C 09983 Nicola Sharp
+44 (0)203 910 4567
Fran Small Image Profile Page Francesca Cassidy-Taylor
Senior Associate
+44 (0)203 910 4560

Legal Articles

Understanding Restraint Orders: Expert Legal Insights | Rahman Ravelli
Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002The purpose of a Restraint Order made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) is to freeze property that may subsequently be confiscated. Confiscation is the power the Cr...

7 min read - Published May 2014
Understanding Restraint Orders: A Comprehensive Guide to Asset Recovery
Restraint orders lead to detailed legal argument about people’s entitlement to retain their assets. Aziz Rahman, of Rahman Ravelli, considers the issues surrounding such orders.

6 min read - Published Sept 2013
How innocent people lose their assets because of restraining orders
An article by Aziz Rahman outlining why the right legal representation is crucial for anyone trying to preserve their wealth and property while under investigationMany suspects in financial crime case...

2 min read - Published Aug 2012