Helen Lynch Head of Proceeds of Crime (POCA) / Confiscation
Helen is absolutely delighted to join Carter Moore and hopes to be instructed on some of the biggest POCA cases and soon to head the most successful POCA department in the country.
Helen is widely considered as one of the best POCA Lawyers in the UK having been instructed on some of the biggest and most complex cases, preparing one case alone for over 3 years leading a team of 5, her work successfully reducing the benefit figure from £17m to £12m and the available amount from £3.4m to £1.7m.
She has also worked on numerous other cases including substantive POCA cases, ancillary matters such as applications under Section 11, Section 22, Section 23 and Section 10a’s.
Helen is a committee member of Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (POCLA) and head of the Education Sub Committee organising Seminars both in Manchester, Leeds and London.
In her previous role Helen built up a team of 5 full time lawyers and developed a specialist, tailor made POCA training contract, with a POCA Conveyancing Seat which lead to the introduction of the specialist POCA Conveyancing department.
She was also responsible for the collaboration with Wilsons Auctions – the “go to” auction house for the CPS, SFO, NCA and five police authorities to sell confiscated assets winning the contract to be their nominated conveyancing solicitors because of the intricate knowledge of selling houses for POCA Clients.
Helen has specialised in POCA work for over a decade, and in those 10 years she has worked on some of the biggest cases including:
- Supreme Court case of National Crime Agency v Gale – one of the leading cases in civil recovery
- National Crime Agency v AA – another precedent setting civil recovery case
- R v H A multi million-pound legal highs case which, following a contested hearing, resulted in the benefit figure being reduced by over £4m which in turn lead to it being lower than his available amount. He left with money being returned to him which is very rare.
- R v W Another multi-million-pound legal highs case – the biggest in the Country. During this case her work was highly praised by the Judge and Leading Counsel said of her efforts “the best piece of work he had seen in 37 years at the bar”.
Her practice areas cover the full range of POCA matters, including:
- Preparing all defence elements and Section 17 statements;
- Advising in respect of pre-charge Restraint Orders, and making variations to pay bills and increase living allowances, etc;
- Attempting to negotiate settlement of proceedings prior to hearings;
- Representing defendants at in enforcement proceedings;
- defending applications to appoint management receivers;
- Certificates of inadequacy applications before the High Court (CJA ’88)
- Handling appeals against Confiscation Orders, particularly out-of-time appeals;
- Covering all ancillary matters, including applications under Sections 11, 14, 22 and 23.
- Assisting in the realisation of Confiscations Orders, especially if a property needs to be sold.
Helen believes firmly that POCA proceedings do not cease when the order is made, but when the order is paid. This protects clients from enforcement proceedings and possible default sentences.
Don’t just don’t take our word for it, this is what the leading legal directories have said about her:
Helen is described as “…the Queen of POCA and Civil Recovery.”
(Chambers and Partners 2015)
Helen “…(came) highly recommended for her work in this field.”
(Legal 500, 2018)
Helen Lynch is praised for “her attention to detail and her first-rate negotiation skills.” She has particular experience in confiscation proceedings. Commentators say: “She is very personable, outgoing and down-to-earth. Clients like her a lot. She is very direct and engaging.”
(Chambers and Partners 2018)
Interviewees agree that Helen Lynch “will go the extra mile for her clients, and has an unmatched determination and drive.” They go on to describe her as “one of the most knowledgeable lawyers on confiscation proceedings in the North of England.”
(Chambers and Partners 2017)
Helen is ‘highly diligent’ and ‘tireless in pursuit of her client’s interests’. Lynch is adept at dealing with matters prior to charge restraint orders, through to confiscation orders.
(Legal 500, 2018)
Helen’s contact details:
Full job title: Helen Lynch Head of Proceeds of Crime (POCA) / Confiscation
Email address: HelenLynch@cmsolicitors.co.uk
Landline: 0800 1 444 111