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Michael Bowes QC & Oliver Powell speak on UWOs & IFOs


Michael Bowes QC and Oliver Powell were invited by Edmonds Marshall McMahon to give a work shop on Unexplained Wealth Orders (‘UWOs’) and Interim Freezing Orders (‘IFOs’).

The work shop was designed to be innovative, with participants being encouraged to think creatively about what role a private prosecutor could play in applications for UWOs and IFOs. More generally, the debate expanded as whether there was traction for the Public and Private Sectors to work more collaboratively in the area of economic crime.


Michael Bowes QC and Oliver Powell were consulted on the Criminal Finances Bill, and in particular on UWOs, by Transparency International during the Bill’s passage through the two Houses. Their analysis and commentary on the Bill was used by MPs in preparing for debates in the House of Commons.

Michael and Oliver’s experience in this area means that they can speak authoritatively about the Criminal Finance Act 2017 and UWOs. In particular, they are ideally placed to advise those affected by UWOs and IFOs.

Michael is Head of the Business Crime Group at OTC. He is highly regarded as an expert in civil and criminal ‘cross-over’ work and is praised as “one of the few specialist criminal practitioners in this area” (Legal 500).

Oliver is a contributor to Millington & Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime (Fifth Edition), OUP. His practice encompasses: asset recovery (civil and criminal), bribery & corruption, and matters involving financial wrongdoing.

Should you require further information or wish to instruct about Michael please contact David Smith or for Oliver, please contact Nick Levett.

Barristers: Michael Bowes QC | Oliver Powell
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