Lisa Freeman

The Legal Directories say:

“… She is particularly renowned for her expertise in civil recovery proceedings. A client favourite who is highly technically able.” Chambers and Partners (2016) UK Bar Guide: POCA & Asset Forfeiture

“She knows absolutely everything there is to know about POCA, and she is totally fearless in putting her case forward…She is very easy to work with as an opponent.  She’s very affable, which really makes a difference when you’re getting a deal done.” Chambers and Partners (2015) UK Bar Guide: POCA & Asset Forfeiture

“She’s excellent, fearless and clients love her…” Chambers and Partners (2014) UK Bar Guide: POCA & Asset Forfeiture

Most Respected Barrister in the Field of Money Laundering: Acquisition International (2013) Legal Award Winner

UK Civil Recovery Barrister of the Year’: Acquisition International (2013) M&A Award Winner

Lisa specialises in all aspects of the law relating to financial wrongdoing:

  • Fraud, bribery and corruption
  • Whistleblowing
  • Civil recovery and property freezing orders
  • Criminal confiscation, restraint and receiverships
  • Anti money laundering advice and statutory reporting
  • Private prosecutions and corporate investigations
  • Insolvency and company investigations

She advises and represents UK authorities (SFO, FCA, CPS, UKBA, police, HMRC), companies, court appointed receivers, defendants, suspects and third parties.

Notable current instructions:

  • Representing the UK government in three applications pending before the European Court of Human Rights concerning criminal confiscation and Article 6 / A1P1
  • Advising a multinational company on whether payments due to consultants and representatives for worldwide power and transport projects may be construed as bribes under the Bribery Act 2010 (Paris, France)

Recent international conferences:

  • Instructed by the European Union project for justice reform in Ukraine to provide expert opinion on proposed amendments to confiscation and bribery/corruption laws in Ukraine (on-going). Presented at round-table conference and to Members of Parliament, Kyiv, Ukraine (October 2015)
  • Bar European Group annual conference, Reykjavik, Iceland (May 2015) – “Mutual recognition of Confiscation Orders within the European Union”
  • United Nations anti money laundering workshop, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (April 2014) – UK representative: led sessions on civil mechanisms for recovering the proceeds of crime, money laundering prevention and detection, and criminal confiscation

Current appointments:

  • Serious Fraud Office: prosecution and proceeds of crime panel
  • Crown Prosecution Service specialist advocate’s panel forproceeds of crime work


  • Wholesale Enforcement Division of theFinancial Services Authority (now Financial Conduct Authority) (2008/2009)
  • Asset Forfeiture Division of theRevenue and Customs Prosecution Office (2007/2008)

See below for examples of current and recent instructions (2012-2014) or contact Lisa for more information.

Fraud, Bribery and Corruption

Advising multinational company: Assessing payment of consultancy and representative agreements – power and transport sectors – worldwide – bribery and corruption implications

Advising whistle-blower: Advising on consultancy agreement to provide whistle-blowing services to Plc competitor

Re: Gannon and Warsama: Advised Social Workers who whistle blew on child abuse in St Helena – interviewed in UK pursuant to Letter of Request – allegations of corruption and misconduct in public office – drafted prepared statements for interview under caution – CPS declined to charge

SFO v Edward Davenport (Court of Appeal & Crown Court): Multi million pound advanced fee fraud – 4 month trial – £40 million confiscation proceedings settled at £12 million – antecedent property fraud

Advising company: Private prosecution – fraud – strategy for recovery of losses

Re: CS and TR (Admin Court): Judicial review of magistrates’ court decision – grant of search warrants for multi million fraud – material non-disclosure – conceded by police

Advising DT AG: Police investigation – instructed to advise company prior to arrest – alleged fraud – trading in rare earth metals – reviewing LPP material

Advising O Ltd: Suspicious activity reports by banks – police investigation – instructed to advise company prior to arrest – alleged fraud – trading in carbon credits – land banking

R v Novikovas: First prosecution for HMRC self assessment “repayment” fraud – acquitted – 3 month trial

R v Stokes:  Multi million pound long firm fraud – money laundering

FSA v Anderson, Peacock & Pruthi (Chancery Division):  Freezing injunction – £90 million unauthorised deposit taking scheme – s.19 FSMA 2000

Civil Recovery & Asset Forfeiture

Re K: Inter partes application for restraint order successfully opposed – alleged fraud selling working interests in oil wells – issues (1) breach of full and frank disclosure and (2) benefit from criminal conduct

NCA v Love [2012] EWHC 3356 (Queen’s Bench Division): First PII application in civil recovery proceedings – recovery order and revenue assessment (Part 6, POCA 2002) later settled by consent

Re K and R: Discharge of a pre charge restraint order – alleged carbon credit fraud – issues (i) non-disclosure, (ii) benefit from criminal conduct and (iii) corporate veil

Advising CPS: Multi agency investigation – asset recovery – pension liberation fraud

Lawson [2013] EWHC 2434 (Admin Court): Judicial review – not unlawful to issue an arrest warrant after sentence of imprisonment served for non-payment of a confiscation order – overturns Necip

Sinclair v Dhillon [2013] Lloyd’s Rep. F.C. 224 (Admin Court): Precedent for Receivers’ entitlement to recover remuneration costs as litigation costs – against third party – declaration of beneficial interest – writ for possession

Op. Rico (advising CPS): Multi agency investigation – 120 arrested in Spain – multi million pound international boiler room frauds – largest investigation in Europe – advising on asset recovery strategy

Op. Gnawed (Admin Court): £42 million benefit – MTIC fraud – confiscation and receivership proceedings – certificate of inadequacy re: third party gifts

HMRC v Samra and EMT Ltd: Cash forfeiture – abuse of process – bankers’ drafts

Independent Trustees Ltd: Variation of restraint order – assets released to Trustee appointed by Pensions Regulator – misappropriation of £52 million (GP Nobel fraud)

Advising executors of a will:  Effect of restraint and confiscation order against a debtor and beneficiary of the estate

R v HA (Queen’s Bench Division):  Restraint and receivership proceedings – property possession orders – civil actions for recovery by alleged victims

Op. Rize:  Cash forfeiture proceedings – safety deposit boxes – largest seizure of cash

Project SaturnAdvising FSA on restraint and asset recovery – high-profile inside-dealing investigation


Bagnall v UK; Koli v UK; Mooney and Leslie v UK (European Court of Human Rights): Instructed by the FCO – Government observations – compatibility of statutory assumptions with article 6 – autonomous convention meaning of “charge” – burden of proof – protection against self–incrimination

SFO v Hirst & Ors: Instructed by the SFO – confiscation proceedings – multi-million ponzy scheme – enforcement strategy

R v Godley: Instructed by the SFO – confiscation proceedings before High Court judge – mult-million fraud

R v Dang: International conspiracy to cultivate cannabis cultivation – said to be largest in Europe – multi million pound confiscation

R v Christopher Wilmot: Boiler-room share dealing fraud – £28 million confiscation proceedings (settled £1.2 million) – application for Serious Crime Prevention Order successfully opposed

Bagnall [2013] 1 WLR 204 (Court of Appeal): leading case on compatibility of statutory assumptions – MTIC fraud not prosecuted

R v Dehimi: Multi million pounds confiscation proceedings – largest ever seizure of counterfeit Nike trainers

R v Wheatley: Money laundering – multi million pound confiscation proceedings (settled c. £720,000)

FSA v Christian Littlewood: Largest confiscation order sought by FSA for insider dealing (settled c. £760,000)

R v Ahmed: £42 million confiscation proceedings – money laundering


Advising A Ltd: Investigation by the insolvency service – trading in carbon credits – winding up – public interest grounds

PPHH Ltd & Ors v Secretary of State (Chancery Division, Companies Court): Director disqualified for 10 years following criminal conviction – first application for leave under s.17 CDDA 1986 to remain as a Director

Advising Bankrupt: Disproportionate Trustee costs – stay of possession proceedings

Lectures & Training

Lisa is frequently invited to lecture on her specialist areas of law.

Recent examples include:

  • European Union project to support justice sector reforms in Ukraine: Expert Mission on Confiscation and Recovery of Proceeds of Crime, Kyiv, Ukraine (February 2015) – participated in round-table discussion on proposed draft laws, attended by EU Ambassador to Ukraine, Minister of Justice, Head of Parliamentary Committee on Prevention of Corruption, Deputy Prosecutor General, country experts amongst others.
  • Bar European Group annual conference, Reykjavik, Iceland (May 2015) – “Mutual recognition of Confiscation Orders within the EU”.
  • United Nations anti money laundering workshop, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (April 2014) – UK representative: led sessions on civil mechanisms for recovering the proceeds of crime, money laundering prevention and detection, and criminal confiscation.

Lisa also provides in-house training to companies and solicitors’ firms on bribery and corruption, ethics and compliance and statutory reporting.