The use of POCA is not limited to police prosecutions. Many non-police agencies, including Government departments and Local Authorities are now making regular use of POCA. They particularly feature where proceedings are being pursued for rogue trading, usually by a local Trading Standards Department for breaches of consumer protection legislation or for fraud. They also feature in cases involving breaches of trade marks or copyright infringement. Non-police agencies who investigate social security fraud also sometimes make use of POCA to recover the sums of welfare benefits overpaid.
How can we help?
Our team is highly experienced in this field, having acted for both the prosecution and defence, where POCA applications are being pursued. This has given us valuable insight into both perspectives and the particular objectives that both parties have where POCA applications are made.
We have acted in cases with a POCA element in such diverse matters, such as food fraud and breaches of consumer protection legislation. Our team members have acted in cases ranging from low-level benefit fraud, with smaller sums at stake through to six and seven figure assessments of criminal benefit.
We also act for parties who may not have taken part in any criminal activity, but who may nevertheless be affected by a POCA application. This can include the spouse or partner of an individual subject to POCA proceedings, where it may be necessary to make an application to intervene in those proceedings in order to safeguard the spouse or partner’s interest.
Whatever is at stake, it is vitally important that you seek specialist assistance in this field; contact us now.