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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.

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.

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.

Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014.

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.
Fraud - Crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors
Sheena Cassidy - She advises the CPS on confiscation issues.



Asset and Tax Recovery

Sheena undertakes all aspects of confiscation work, with a great deal of experience in the enforcement stage of proceedings.

She specialises in cases involving restraint and/or confiscation proceedings in which a conflict arises between the interest of the Crown in satisfying a confiscation order and the interest of a former spouse applying under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 or as a parent under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. She is frequently instructed by the Crown as well as having acted for Receivers and third parties. She advises and represents clients in relation to third party interests, assets held by companies, arguments on living expenses and the relationship between criminal and matrimonial legislation.

Sheena was recently instructed to assist the Serious Fraud Office in relation to the confiscation proceedings against Tom Hayes, the first person convicted in relation to the rigging of LIBOR.

Sheena presents seminars on the relationship between ancillary relief and the proceeds of crime legislation both directly to solicitors at their offices and at events such as the POCLA confiscation forum and the CLT ancillary relief conference.


Recent 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.

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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