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Paul O'Donnell

Solicitor

Paul is a qualified Solicitor in England and Wales. Paul is also a qualified Solicitor in Northern Ireland and a qualified Attorney in the United States (New York State).

 

Paul specialises in the PoCA & Financial Crime work. Paul is a member of an elite group of UK lawyers ranked by Chambers and Partners in the area of ‘PoCA Work and Asset Forfeiture’ and is described as being “… hugely impressive on confiscation law and financial crime.” Paul’s full Chambers and Partners lawyer profile can be found here.

 

Paul has several years of litigation experience and also has substantial in-house experience, having worked as a financial crime advisor to one of the largest investment banks in the world for several years. 

 

Paul is a member of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (‘CLAS’) and possesses Higher Rights of Audience as a Solicitor Advocate. As such, Paul is one of a reducing minority of Solicitors who can personally attend to litigation from inception through to disposal.

 

Paul is a keen advocate and is regularly instructed to conduct hearings in both criminal and civil courts. In recent times 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 landmark Judicial Review claims before the Administrative Court. Paul also represents Imran Khan and Partners before the Senior Court Costs Office.  

 

Testimonial from a Resident Judge:

 

“Mr O’Donnell, can I thank you on behalf of the court for taking over this case. Since your firm has been involved in this case, everything has run so much more smoothly than it was when [X’s] previous firm were instructed. You have dealt with the case with absolute skill, efficiency and care so thank you very much indeed for all the hard work that I know you have done. You’ve contacted the court when there have been problems and you have acted with the highest degree of professionalism so thank you very, very much indeed for the work you’ve done.”

 

Notable recent cases:

 

R v HK: ex parte Restraint Order sought and granted during a criminal investigation into an alleged property investment fraud. Application to discharge conceded by the prosecution and granted by the Court in a matter of days. 

 

R v ST: charge of knife point robbery. Prosecution forced to offer no evidence of day 1 of trial.

 

R v MT: charge of fraud by false representation. Prosecution withdrew charges pre-trial following negotiation of out of court disposal.

 

R v CO: confiscation proceedings following conviction for a sophisticated phising fraud. Benefit figure of almost £400,000 alleged. A nominal £1 order was certified by the Court.

 

R v MM: Confiscation proceedings arising from TCPA enforcement notice breaches. Benefit figure of more than £4 million alleged. Negotiated resolution achieved.

 

R v RM:  Confiscation proceedings following conviction for orchestrating an elaborate insurance fraud. Benefit figure of more than £1 million alleged. Negotiated resolution achieved.

 

R v JB: Application to increase available amount pursuant to s.22 PoCA 2002. Application successfully opposed.

 

R v ACT: Confiscation proceedings following lettings fraud conviction. Benefit figure of almost £600,000 alleged. Negotiated resolution achieved.

 

R v IS: Confiscation proceedings arising from sophisticated, commercial, and multi-jurisdictional excise avoidance scheme and laundering operation. Benefit figure of more than £13 million alleged. Negotiated resolution achieved for less than 1% of benefit alleged.

 

R v SS: Confiscation proceedings following conviction for controlling prostitution. Benefit figure of more than £1 million alleged.

 

R v SU: Confiscation proceedings arising from conviction for assisting unlawful immigration. Benefit figure of almost £500,000 alleged. Negotiated resolution achieved.

 

Other work:

 

Advocate

 

L&S: Two landmark Judicial Review claims. Please see full judgment here.

 

R v A: Terrorism trial at the Old Bailey.

 

M&M: Principal Hearing before the General Pharmaceutical Council.

 

Litigator

 

R v B: VHCC proceedings arising from one of the largest ever HMRC frauds. Negotiated resolution achieved for less than 1% of value of overall scheme.

 

R v E: confiscation proceedings arising from a conviction for production of cannabis. A novel legal argument was deployed in relation to the value of immature plants. Negotiated resolution achieved.

 

R v I: criminal proceedings relating to importation of approximately £1 million 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 based on restoration resulted in the proceedings being withdrawn.

 

R v MV: confiscation proceedings arising from a conviction for copyright and trademark offences. A comprehensive re-analysis of the evidence in the case caused the prosecution to request permission to withdraw the proceedings.

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