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 subsequently 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, before returning to Imran Khan and Partners.


Paul specialises in financial crime litigation and has a particular interest in Confiscation and related proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Paul is an experienced Very High Costs Cases (VHCC) practitioner.

 

Paul is a keen advocate and is regularly instructed to conduct hearings in both criminal and civil courts. In recent months Paul has represented a convicted registrant before the General Pharmaceutical Council, acted as junior counsel during part of a terrorism trial at the Old Bailey, and acted as junior counsel in two Judicial Review claims before the Administrative Court. Paul also represents Imran Khan and Partners before the Senior Court Costs Office.  

 

Notable cases in 2019/20:

 

Advocacy

 

L&S: Two Judicial Review claims. The first claim related to the legal requirements to validly issue a Summons. The second claim related to the presumption of Mens Rea. Please see full judgment here.

 

R v A: Terrorism case at the Central Criminal Court.

 

M&M: Principal Hearing before the General Pharmaceutical Council following conviction

 

PoCA 2002

 

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 in-house, resulted in a benefit figure of less than a third of the value of the unexplained transfers being agreed with the prosecution. Prosecution allegations of Hidden Assets were defeated, 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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