Ghislaine Sandoval

Paralegal

Ghislaine joined the Confiscation Department at Imran Khan and Partners in March 2018 following successful completion of the Bar Professional Training Course. Ghislaine’s work involves all aspects of confiscation proceedings extending to post order matters such as applications to vary confiscation orders and extend the time to pay as well as restraint order matters and the enforcement of confiscation orders. She has a first class Law Degree and received the Kennedy Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn which was based on merit; including intellect, motivation and integrity. Ghislaine works closely with the Head of the Confiscation Department on a range of cases related to financial crime.

 

The client is always at the heart of Ghislaine’s work; she is an avid volunteer having undertaken pro bono work at the Personal Support Unit providing litigants in person practical and emotional support in addition to her current role as a Befriender for Prison Advice and Care Trust. Ghislaine is committed to supporting prisoners, those who have been convicted and their families.

 

Recent Work

 

R v SC – The available amount of a confiscation order made against an unrepresented, mentally ill SC related to a single asset asserted by the Prosecution namely, the transfer of funds to purchase a property in Spain. Ghislaine assisted Partner James O’Hara in obtaining extensive evidence from SC’s legal team in Spain confirming the monies formed part of a non-refundable deposit that the property developer was entitled to keep as a result of the aborted sale. The confiscation order was successfully varied from £155,151.17 to a nominal order of £1.00.

 

R v VK – Highly complex confiscation case listed for a 5 day contested hearing with 19 witnesses due to attend for the Defence was resolved by agreement following protracted negotiations. Over the two and a half year duration of the case, six Section 16 Statements and three Section 17 Statements were served in response. The diligent work of Ghislaine and Partner James O’Hara persuaded the Prosecution to remove over 70% from the original benefit figure asserted and just under 70% of available amount asserted in the final Section 16 Statement.

 

R v MST – Successfully applied the principle established in R v Ahmad and Fields [2014] 5 UKSC 36 to a historical confiscation order made under the Criminal Justice Act 1988. Monies paid toward the confiscation order by MST’s co-defendant led to his release from serving his default sentence.

 

R v RW – Expert evidence obtained resulted in the Crown’s recalculation of the drugs valuation from £1,729,892.50 to £39,540.00 and the Forensic Accountant’s report coupled with supporting documentary evidence led to the Crown’s acceptance that £99,842.40 worth of cash deposits derived from legitimate income. The final benefit figure was determined to be the benefit from conviction only and a £22,000 hidden assets allegation was successfully rebutted and removed from the available amount, leaving an order of just £8,638.45.

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