Paul O'Donnell

Solicitor

Paul is a qualified Solicitor Advocate in England and Wales and Northern Ireland. Paul is also a qualified Attorney in the United States (New York State). Paul trained and qualified at Imran Khan and Partners and specialised into the financial crime department.

 

Paul spent two and a half years, between 2016 and 2019, on secondment at Citibank working as a financial crime advisor to the investment banking and capital markets businesses. Paul specialises in financial crime and has a particular interest in Confiscation proceedings initiated under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Paul is an experienced Very High Costs Cases (VHCC) practitioner. He is a keen advocate and is regularly instructed by colleagues to carry out Magistrates’ and Crown Court hearings. Paul represents the firm at hearings before the Senior Court Costs Office (RCJ).

 

 

RECENT WORK:

 

R v B: VHCC confiscation proceedings arising from a conviction for a fraud on HMRC, The matter, involving a total benefit exceeding £64 million, concluded by agreement with a benefit figure of less than £700,000.

 

R v E: confiscation proceedings arising from a conviction for production of cannabis. A novel legal argument in relation to the value of immature plants resulted is an agreed disposal for considerably less than half the alleged benefit figure.

 

R v W: confiscation proceedings arising from convictions for fraud and money laundering. Forensic analysis, carried out exclusively by Paul, resulted in a benefit figure of less than a third of the value of the unexplained transfers being agreed with the prosecution. Allegations of Hidden Assets were removed, leaving an order for just £7,000.

 

Notable cases pre - 2019:

 

R v I: criminal proceedings relating to importation of approximately £1 million worth of cocaine. Client acquitted of all charges. Co-Defendant convicted and sentenced to ten years imprisonment.

 

R v Z: confiscation proceedings arising from conviction for handling stolen goods. A legal argument in relation to restoration of property resulted in the prosecution withdrawing proceedings and no order being made against the defendant.

 

R v MV: confiscation proceedings arising from a conviction for counterfeiting. A comprehensive re-analysis of the evidence in the case, conducted exclusively by Paul, led the prosecution to request permission to withdraw the proceedings. HHJ refused. In the end a nominal order of £1.00 was agreed, together with a benefit figure of less than £20,000. 

 

R v M: confiscation proceedings arising from a conviction for handling stolen goods. A legal argument in relation to restoration of property resulted in an agreed disposal including a nominal order of £1.00 and a reduction to the particular criminal conduct figure from almost £750,000 to less than £17,000.

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