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Law Commission Symposium: New Review of the Law on Confiscation in Part 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

The Great Hall, Sutherland Building


The Law Commission would like to invite you to a special symposium at the University of Northumbria on the 7th November to discuss a new review of the law on confiscation in Part 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

The review will aim to improve the process by which confiscation orders are made, ensure the fairness of the confiscation regime, and optimise the enforcement of confiscation orders.

The symposium will consider what an optimal confiscation regime would look like. It will also examine how radical we need to be in reforming the law on confiscation and which parts of POCA should be retained. To what extent does POCA achieve its objectives and provide the most effective way of confiscating criminal assets? What can we learn from other jurisdictions and the private sector to ensure that the proceeds of crime are recovered?

From the outset, the Law Commission is keen to engage with practitioners, experts and academics in the legal, socio-legal and financial or business fields. The Law Commission would like to hear from academics and postgraduate students with academic interest in the area, particularly those conducting empirical research into confiscation, asset restraint/recovery and enforcement. It is also interested to hear from those with practical experience of both this and of alternative regimes in other jurisdictions.

The event, chaired by Professor David Ormerod QC, will take place in the Great Hall, Sutherland Building Northumbria University on the afternoon of Wednesday 7th November, 2018.

Details of the consultation questions and arrangements for the day are available from the following links:

The event will start with lunch at 12.30 and conclude at 18.15. The event is organised to allow for your contribution even if you can only attend for part of the time (simply indicate this at the appropriate point in the registration page. 

If you have any questions please contact 

Event Details

The Great Hall, Sutherland Building
Northumbria University
City Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne


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