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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

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(1)If in proceedings under this Chapter the court is satisfied that any property is recoverable, the court must make a recovery order.

(2)The recovery order must vest the recoverable property in the trustee for civil recovery.

(3)But the court may not make in a recovery order—

(a)any provision in respect of any recoverable property if each of the conditions in subsection (4) or (as the case may be) (5) is met and it would not be just and equitable to do so, or

(b)any provision which is incompatible with any of the Convention rights (within the meaning of the Human Rights Act 1998 (c. 42)).

(4)In relation to a court in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, the conditions referred to in subsection (3)(a) are that—

(a)the respondent obtained the recoverable property in good faith,

(b)he took steps after obtaining the property which he would not have taken if he had not obtained it or he took steps before obtaining the property which he would not have taken if he had not believed he was going to obtain it,

(c)when he took the steps, he had no notice that the property was recoverable,

(d)if a recovery order were made in respect of the property, it would, by reason of the steps, be detrimental to him.

(5)In relation to a court in Scotland, the conditions referred to in subsection (3)(a) are that—

(a)the respondent obtained the recoverable property in good faith,

(b)he took steps after obtaining the property which he would not have taken if he had not obtained it or he took steps before obtaining the property which he would not have taken if he had not believed he was going to obtain it,

(c)when he took the steps, he had no reasonable grounds for believing that the property was recoverable,

(d)if a recovery order were made in respect of the property, it would, by reason of the steps, be detrimental to him.

(6)In deciding whether it would be just and equitable to make the provision in the recovery order where the conditions in subsection (4) or (as the case may be) (5) are met, the court must have regard to—

(a)the degree of detriment that would be suffered by the respondent if the provision were made,

(b)the enforcement authority’s interest in receiving the realised proceeds of the recoverable property.

(7)A recovery order may sever any property.

(8)A recovery order may impose conditions as to the manner in which the trustee for civil recovery may deal with any property vested by the order for the purpose of realising it.

(9)This section is subject to sections 270 to 278.

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