Crown Prosecution Service v Compton, Comptons of Brighton Limited, Coyne, Compton: CA 27 Nov 2002

Appeal against refusal of restraint order.
Held: It is enough that on the documents a good arguable case arises for treating the relevant assets as the realisable property of the defendant.
Lord Justice Simon Brown said: ‘All that I think it appropriate on this appeal to add by way of comment on the approach to adopt to the exercise of section 26 powers is that if, on the documents, a good arguable case arises for the treating of particular assets as the realisable property of the defendant – here on the basis that the company’s corporate veil should properly be pierced – then the relevant restraint (and possibly receivership) order(s) should ordinarily be made. That essentially is the test for the grant of Mareva relief. So too should it be the test for the exercise of the section 26 powers. It is, of course, open to third parties (or the defendant himself where the order is made without notice) to apply to set it aside.’


Lord Justice Clarke, Lord Justice May, Lord Justice Simon Brown VP


[2002] EWCA Civ 1720




Drug Trafficking Act 1994


England and Wales

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