CPS Proceeds of Crime (CPSPOC)

CPS Proceeds of Crime was launched on 30 June 2014 and comprises Central Units, based in CPS HQ in London, and three regional teams.

CPS Proceeds of Crime is responsible for all CPS restraint order activity and all CPS confiscation order enforcement activity. It is also responsible for obtaining a proportion of CPS confiscation orders.

Chief Crown Prosecutor, Nick Price, has overall responsibility for CPS Proceeds of Crime and reports to the CPS Director of Legal Services and Director of Business Services. The Chief Crown Prosecutor is supported by a Senior Management Team including a Business Manager who oversees the business management functions including finance, HR and performance, and a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor who is responsible for day to day operational delivery.

CPS Proceeds of Crime is committed to providing the very best service to CPS colleagues, law enforcement partners, the criminal justice service as a whole and the wider public with regard to CPS asset recovery responsibilities.

WHO’S WHO in CPSPOC

Nick Price profile photoNick Price is Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS Proceeds of Crime.

Nick leads a team of 150 staff tasked with restraining and confiscating criminal assets both within England and Wales and internationally. Previously Nick was the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, the largest CPS Area outside London, responsible for 90,000 Criminal Prosecutions annually.

Nick joined CPS from the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the body responsible for investigating alleged miscarriage of justice cases in England and Wales. Whilst at the Commission Nick investigated a number of complex and high profile cases, including complex fraud, human rights, terrorism, homicide and large scale organised crime. 

Nick was called to the bar by Middle Temple in 1998. He has a Masters degree In Criminal Litigation awarded by the Inns of Court School of Law, London. Prior to joining the CCRC he had a busy private practise at the criminal bar, both Prosecuting and Defending.

Gary Balch profile photoGary Balch is Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in CPS – Proceeds of Crime.

Previous roles include Head of the Central Confiscation Branch, Head of the Proceeds of Crime Unit and Unit Head of the Civil Recovery Team in the CPS. His work has covered all aspects of domestic and international asset recovery both in criminal and non-conviction based civil proceedings.

Gary was the UK Liaison Prosecutor to the United States from September 2010 to early 2014, providing advice and assistance to all UK prosecutors on obtaining evidential, extradition and asset forfeiture assistance from the US with a focus on serious and organised crime, counter-terrorism, cyber-crime, fiscal and non-fiscal fraud and corruption.

He is the UK asset recovery contact point for the European Judicial Network, UK judicial contact point and steering group member for asset recovery experts network CARIN and a Fellow of the US National Association of Attorneys General International Fellowship Programme.

Contact Information for CPS Proceeds of Crime

London and South Casework Office – dealing with asset recovery in prosecutions from London, Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Tel: 020 3357 0393
Email: cpspocsouth.general@cps.gsi.gov.uk

Midlands and Eastern Casework Office - dealing with asset recovery in prosecutions from the West Midlands, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, West Mercia, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire
Tel: 020 3357 0392
Email: CPSPOCMidland-Eastern.general@cps.gsi.gov.uk

North and Wales Casework Office - dealing with asset recovery in prosecutions from West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Humberside, North Yorkshire, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cleveland, Durham, Northumbria, Gwent, North Wales, South Wales and Dyfed Powys
Tel: 020 3357 0394
Email: CPSPOCNorth-Wales.general@cps.gsi.gov.uk

Central Pre-Enforcement Unit – dealing with asset recovery in prosecutions from the International Justice and Organised Crime Division, Specialist Fraud Division and Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division and the most complex asset recovery applications from the CPS Areas.  This team deals with work up to and including the making of the confiscation order.
Email: OCD.POCU@cps.gov.uk 

Central Pre-Enforcement Unit – dealing with asset recovery in prosecutions from the International Justice and Organised Crime Division, Specialist Fraud Division and Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division and the most complex asset recovery applications from the CPS Areas.  This team deals with work following the making of the confiscation order.
Email: OCD.POCU@cps.gov.uk