Meaby & Co, Lawyers specialising in Civil Recovery

Civil recovery

What is Civil Recovery?

Civil recovery is governed by The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The Act allows law enforcement agencies to use civil power to recover property that has been obtained through the proceeds of crime. Because the court proceedings are civil in nature (rather than criminal) the claimant need only prove their case on “the balance of probabilities”, in criminal proceedings this would be “beyond reasonable doubt”. It’s also a claim against property not against individuals.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has to satisfy the court with evidence that the property has been acquired using the proceeds of crime. This means it’s only necessary to show that the property was obtained through offending of a particular type for example drug trafficking or fraud and it doesn’t need to be traceable to an individual (including the property owner) or a specific offence.

Meaby & Co. are specialists in Civil Recovery. We work nationally and internationally on behalf of defendants in actions that are brought by the NCA.

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