Cash Seizure Offences

BSQ Cash Seizure Success

In contested cash seizure proceedings BSQ partner Roger Sahota has successfully secured the return of £10,000 to one of our clients. The cash was detained in the course of a fraud investigation concerning an investment broker in the city. After protracted correspondence, no further action was taken in relation to the underlying criminal investigation and cash seized from our client was returned.

 Roger Sahota has acted in a number of cases recently where he has successfully secured the return of large sums of cash detained in cash seizure proceedings before the Magistrate’s Court bought under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 - see here,

Roger is also currently instructed in a number of contested cash seizure and account freezing order proceedings before the Westminster Magistrate’s Court.

 If you require advice and assistance in relation to a cash seizure case please contact our London offices.

Success for Berkeley Square Solicitors in Contested Cash Seizure Proceedings

Berkeley Square solicitors have secured the return of in excess of £130,000 in a multi-party application challenging the seizure of cash in a British Transport Police investigation. Following a contested hearing at the City of London magistrates court on 20 April 2016 the order under section 295 of POCA 2002 for the retention of our clients’ cash was discharged on the basis that there had never been jurisdiction to make the original order.


DJ Goldring ordered that the cash seized from our clients after a police raid should be returned to them. Costs were also awarded to the claimants (a rare occurrence in these types of applications).

The solicitor conducting was Berkeley Square partner Roger Sahota. Counsel instructed was Rupert Bowers QC of Doughty Street Chambers. Earlier in the same investigation, Roger Sahota and Rupert Bowers had also succeeded in a judicial review claim against the BTP proceedings quashing the underlying search warrant.


Berkeley Square Solicitors Instructs QC in Cash Seizure Challenge

Roger Sahota is acting for four clients in challenging an application for the continued detention of cash – in excess of £100,000 – by the police.

The joint application will be heard before City of London Magistrates later this year.

Roger Sahota has acted in a number of contested cash seizure applications and is acknowledged as one of the leading solicitor experts in this area. He is currently acting for clients in challenging cash seizures orders for sums in excess of £500,000.

Rupert Bowers QC from Doughty Street Chambers is instructed on behalf of the Applicants leading Roger Sahota as junior.

Cash Seizure Success for Berkeley Square Solicitors Client

Another successful outcome for our financial crime department. Roger Sahota represented a client arrested at airside customs found to be carrying €50,000 in cash. This money was seized pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA 2002) cash seizure provisions.

After making representations on his behalf, the authorities agreed voluntarily to return these funds to our client, with interest. POCA cash seizure court proceedings were discontinued. 

Our practice is currently dealing with a number of similar cases regarding the cash seizure provisions of the POCA legislation. If you need advice on a cash seizure application contact our financial crime department.