Often the first an individual or business will know they are under investigations is when they realise their bank account has been frozen as a result of a restraint order or a civil freezing order. A restraint order is issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA), and can be brought on an individual or business or associated third party or family member to prevent them from selling or passing on assets. A POCA restraint order has largely the same function as the civil freezing order – that is to freeze the assets of the subject, however, the purpose of the restraint order is to preserve those assets so that they can be readily available to meet any confiscation order the court may make if a Defendant is later convicted.
Janes Solicitors will advise you if you have been served with a restraint order. We will advise you on how best to proceed to help protect your interests.
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If you or your business have concerns, are under suspicion or investigation or have been arrested or prosecuted for any serious fraud or financial crime offence, contact us today on 020 7930 5100. Alternatively you can contact us via our online contact form, and one of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.