Gary Pons#6387

Gary Pons

Barrister, 5 St Andrew's Hill
An experienced and highly proficient barrister who specialises in complex financial cases often with a multi-jurisdictional element. Ranked in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

  • Junior counsel in the case of Moss [2019] EWCA Crim 50: concerning the recognition and enforcement of a confiscation order abroad.

  • Gary represented the prosecution in the appeal of Benos| [2019] EWCA Crim 1093: This was a case concerning a deed of variation to a will and the legal effect of conditions precedent contained within the deed. The Court of Appeal described his written submission as “powerful”.

  • Gary represented the prosecution in the appeal of Gbadebo [2018] EWCA Crim 2508: A case concerning out of time appeals and fresh evidence.

  • He has been instructed since 2015 in a large asset recovery case in Costa Rica, which is currently focused on the private prosecution of a Costa Rican trustee for misappropriation of the trust assets.
Contributed to


Account freezing and forfeiture orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
Account freezing and forfeiture orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the provisions under Chapter 3B of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA 2002) (as amended), which was originally inserted by section 16 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (CFA 2017), and which governs the seizure and forfeiture of money and cash held in the accounts of banks, building societies, electronic money institutions and payment institutions (relevant financial institutions) in summary proceedings. It considers the background to the creation of the powers, what account freezing orders (AFOs) are and how they are obtained, how they are brought to an end (ie via the issue an account forfeiture notice (AFN) and the making, or not, of a forfeiture order) as well as applications to vary or discharge AFOs. It also covers appeals against decisions regarding forfeiture and the compensation which may be obtained in respect of cash in accounts made subject to an AFO which is then released from the AFO.

Practice Area


  • Case Analysis Panel

Qualified Year

  • 1995


  • FLA


  • University of Kent

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