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Sheena Cassidy

Sheena Cassidy

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Sheena Cassidy is recognised for her expertise in several practice areas by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Family/Matrimonial - London (Bar) - Band 3

Deputy head of chambers and a matrimonial finance practitioner specialising in complex cases involving issues of tax and trust structures. She is noted for her experience in cases involving non-disclosure and fraud. 
Strengths: "She's so measured, thorough, committed and unflappable."

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture - All Circuits (Bar) - Band 1

According to sources, Cassidy is "undoubtedly the leading family law practitioner in asset forfeiture work." She is a leading figure for restraint and confiscation proceedings, and acts for the CPS, SFO and individual clients.
Strengths: "She displays excellent attention to detail in complex confiscation and enforcement matters, and has an eye for detail when producing written submissions." "Second to none in terms of her work ethic, case engagement and advice."
Recent work: Appeared in Re White; Re Gangar, instructed by the SFO. The case concerned an application for a certificate of inadequacy by defendants found guilty of a Ponzi scheme fraud.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2016.

Family/Matrimonial - London (Bar) - Band 4

A highly specialised practitioner who practises in the niche area of asset forfeiture and its crossover with family law. She is also experienced at dealing with more traditional matrimonial finance issues.
Strengths: "A very impressive advocate who is very knowledgeable and very well prepared."

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture - All Circuits (Bar) - Band 1

"A bright and knowledgeable POCA lawyer" who is renowned especially for her expertise in cases where POCA and family law proceedings cross over.
Strengths: "A consummate professional and a tough cookie." "Her particular strength is that she has a family law background, which gives her an edge in cases involving parallel family law proceedings."
Recent work: Advised in S v K and the CPS, a case concerning a businessman who had been convicted of money laundering offences and had a confiscation order of £14,000,000 made against him.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2015.

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture - All Circuits

Sheena Cassidy is highly regarded for her expertise in asset forfeiture matters that overlap with family law. She also has extensive experience of handling confiscation proceedings involving third party rights
Expertise: "You feel comfortable when you know she's in charge of a case. You know you're going to get sensible arguments, properly made and well prepared." "She is a good advocate who can think very quickly on her feet, and who gets on very well with clients."

Recent work: Acted in a claim by a wife for a financial remedy concerning a £14 million confiscation order made against her husband following conviction for money laundering offences.

Family/Matrimonial – London Bar

Sheena Cassidy frequently undertakes complex matrimonial finance proceedings and cohabitation disputes on behalf of high net worth clients.
Expertise: "Great at negotiation and not pompous in her approach."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014.

Family: Matrimonial Finance – London Bar

Sheena Cassidy of 3PB Barristers, excels in ancillary relief cases and when handling disputes between cohabitants. She is also regularly instructed to draft prenuptial agreements.

Expertise: “Extremely able, dependable, conscientious and a pleasure to work with. Her understanding of confiscation and restraint proceedings makes her especially valuable in those ancillary relief proceedings where such aspects arise.”

POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture - All Circuits

Sheena Cassidy of 3PB Barristers has a strong background in family law and focuses on cases that overlap between confiscation and restraint and claims made for financial remedy following divorce.
Expertise: “Very sharp and knowledgeable. She has the added advantage of family law expertise.”

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Sheena Cassidy is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for her expertise in the London Bar.
Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading juniors
Sheena Cassidy - Not afraid of standing up to the other side and clients love her.

Sheena Cassidy is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for her expertise in the London Bar.
Fraud - Crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors
Sheena Cassidy - She advises the CPS on confiscation issues.


Sheena Cassidy is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 for her expertise in the London Bar.
Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading juniors
Sheena Cassidy - She has no equal on the interplay between family and criminal fraud proceedings - she is the go-to expert on such matters

Sheena Cassidy is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2014 for her expertise at the London Bar.
3PB’s Sheena Cassidy - “A silk of the future.”

FRAUD - 3PB’s Sheena Cassidy - “A fantastic, astute barrister with an eye for the detail and a great approach to clients.”

Sheena Cassidy is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2013/14 for her expertise at the London Bar for her Family law (including divorce and ancillary relief) and also Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) expertise. "3PB’s Sheena Cassidy, who is ‘great with difficult opponents’."


Deputy Head of Chambers, Sheena Cassidy is a Family and Asset & Tax recovery specialist.


Notable Cases

Gohil v Gohil [2015] UKSC 61 – Supreme Court hearing of Mrs Gohil’s appeal in relation to an order setting aside of a consent order where there was evidence of material non-disclosure. Sheena was instructed to advise on aspects of the case involving the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Re White; Re Gangar [2015] All ER (D) 273 – application for a certificate of inadequacy by defendants founds guilty of a ponzi-scheme fraud.

Earp v Seamer [2014] EWHC 3776 (Admin) - case involving whether a trust deed created in relation to a property identified as available for confiscation was in fact a sham
Re Ali [2012] EWHC 2302 (Admin) - claims by five third parties to beneficial interests in properties held in the name of a defendant subject to a confiscation order. Considered principles applicable to the establishment of a beneficial interest.

W v W [2012] EWHC 2469 – case involving a claim for a financial remedy by a wife after a confiscation of over £2M was made against her husband. Considered the circumstances in which payment of tainted funds towards property could lead to an equitable account of those funds being taken.

Stodgell v Stodgell [2009] EWCA Civ 243 - appeal by an applicant wife from a decision that her claims for ancillary relief should be adjourned until a confiscation order made against her husband had been paid. Examination of different types of confiscation order, in particular where an order related to unpaid tax.

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News

April 15 2016:

Michael Parroy QC represents SFO in Tom Hayes confiscation hearing ...read more


November 10 2015:

Oliver Powell & Sheena Cassidy invited to give FCA Seminar ...read more


October 26 2015:

3PB elects new Head and Deputy Head of Chambers ...read more


... more news

Academic Qualifications

MA (Hons) (Cantab)

Professional Bodies

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers' Association