John Lyons and Dan Taylor successful in high-profile POCA case

April 14, 2023

John Lyons and Dan Taylor were instructed to represent two Italian nationals, Alessandro Donati and Alessandro Maltese, in respect of a high value conspiracy to burgle the homes of heiress Tamara Ecclestone, Frank and Christine Lampard and the late Leicester City Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

In subsequent proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the prosecution contended that Mr Donati and Mr Maltese’s benefit from their criminality was in excess of £28 million, comprising the overall value of the items that were stolen during the course of the three burglaries, committed in December 2019. This would have been among the highest confiscation orders made for an offence of dwelling burglary, in English legal history.

However, having heard lengthy oral and written submissions during a contested hearing at Isleworth Crown Court, HHJ Edmunds KC, the Recorder of Kensington and Chelsea, determined that the Defendants’ benefit was significantly reduced from the figure contended for by the prosecution, to a sum of just £33,000 in the case of Mr Donati and £30,000 in the case of Mr Maltese.

John and Dan have extensive experience in defending in cases of serious crime and in proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. John was instructed by Attiq Malik of Liberty Law solicitors. Dan was instructed by Gias Uddin from Woolfe and Co solicitors.

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