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McMafia orders revisited

Following an article by Michael Bowes QC and Oliver Powell earlier this year, Oliver and Alexandra Sidossis have joined with Neill Blundell and Max Hobbs of Macfarlanes to examine how the use of Unexplained Wealth Orders has developed during 2018 and, in particular, comment on what can be learned from a recent challenge to the first UWO in the English courts.

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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 ranked in both Chambers & Partners (UK) and The Legal 500. He 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.

Alexandra Sidossis is undertaking an extended OTC pupillage run in conjunction with the Free Representation Unit. Prior to commencing pupillage, Alexandra worked in-house with a private education institution. Alexandra was admitted as an Attorney and Counselor at Law in the State of New York in 2018.

Should you require further information about Michael, Oliver and/or Alex, or if you would like to instruct either of them, please contact Dave Scothern, Business Development Director.

News 15 Nov, 2018


Michael Bowes QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2001

Oliver Powell

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