Tina Donoghue

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Contact details

Telephone: 0207 604 5622
Email: tinadonoghue@psplaw.co.uk

Tina originally trained to be a barrister and graduated from The Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the Bar at Lincolns Inn in 2002.

Gaining early experience whilst volunteering with the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Witness Service, she has maintained her interest in serving the local community during her career.

After joining Powell Spencer & Partners in 2003, Tina qualified as a Police Station representative in 2007 and later cross qualified as a Solicitor in 2008. During her career she has gained a depth of experience across a broad range of the criminal spectrum. She started practicing in general crime and has subsequently focused on more complex cases.

Tina’s ability to master substantial matters of evidence and material has naturally lead to a practice which focuses on matters of fraud and related offences.  Her technical knowledge and attention to detail has seen her develop a particular specialism in the area of Proceeds of Crime.

Tina feels passionately that everyone is entitled to a fair hearing and her unbridled determination to defend her clients, coupled with her professionalism and reassuring presence has led to on-going relationships, with many clients returning to seek her advice and assistance. Her work ethic and the level of service that she provides are exemplary.

Membership: LCCSA, The Fraud Lawyers Association, Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Associations, Female Fraud Forum, London Irish Lawyers Association

Notable cases:

General Crime

  1. R v K (Kingston Crown Court): Conspiracy to commit robberies with four others. Client, who was of good character, successfully acquitted.
  2. R v M (Blackfriars Crown Court: Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and mobile telephones at HMP Pentonville.
  3. R v S (Ipswich Crown Court): A trial involving six defendants for offences of kidnap, false imprisonment, GBH, burglary and possession of a bladed article.
  4. R v S- W (Norwich Crown Court): Client successfully acquitted after trial of an offence of ABH on prison officer.
  5. R v T (Isleworth Crown Court): A trial involving four defendants for an offence of robbery. Successful acquittal after a five day trial. Our client was of good character.

Fraud / Proceeds of Crime Act

  1. R v M (Swansea Crown Court): A particularly complicated and sophisticated fraud for an offence conspiracy to defraud, namely insurance with an estimated value of over £5 million. Confiscation proceedings followed under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 where the Crown sought a confiscation order with a benefit figure of nearly £4,000,000.00.  After considered litigation by Tina a confiscation order was agreed between the parties with a benefit figure of £1,100,000.00 and an available asset of £1.00.
  2. R v H (Isleworth Crown Court): Fraud of £57,000 by a Barclays Bank employee. Client sentenced to a suspended sentence.
  3. R v S (Harrow Crown Court): Client faced four offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Proceedings were stayed for an abuse of process after legal argument.
  4. R v C (Blackfriars Crown Court): Vulnerable female charged with offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act and Theft Act totalling £20,000.00 (with previous convictions for like offences).
  5. R v A (Isleworth Crown Court): The client faced one offence under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Client sentenced to a suspended sentence for a period of two years.
  6. R v O (The City of London Magistrates’ Court): Client had £35,000.00 seized by the Police. Contested forfeiture proceedings resulted in proceedings being discontinued against our client.
  7. R v R (WMC / RCJ): Tina was instructed to represent a vulnerable defendant for enforcement proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Proceedings had been ongoing for a significant period prior to instruction.  The original confiscation order involved overseas martial assets. Tina successfully applied for a Certificate of Inadequacy at the Royal Courts of Justice and Variation Order at Wood Green Crown Court.  The defendant was not subject to the default sentence being imposed during the enforcement proceedings.
  8. R v B (Colindale Police Station): Tina was instructed in a cash seizure investigation contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.  Successful representation resulted in the return of the cash.
  9. R v B (Cambridge Crown Court): The Crown sought a confiscation order for £370,000.00. After contesting proceedings a nominal order of £1.00 was made.
  10. R v C (Blackfriars Crown Court): Successful variation to a confiscation order dated 2010 from Blackfriars Crown Court where the client was found to have assets totalling £114,000.00. Enforcement proceedings had been commenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Successful variation meant the client did not have to pay the outstanding sum of £98,000.00 and proceedings were discontinued.
  11. R v K (CCC): The defendant was subject to confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 before the crown court. The Crown sought a confiscation order with a benefit figure of £16,500,000.00 and available assets of £1400.00 with hidden assets.  After considered litigation by Tina a confiscation order was agreed between the parties of £1400.00 and no hidden assets.
  12. R v B (HCC): The defendant was subject to confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 before the crown court.  The Crown sought a confiscation order with a benefit figure of £1,300.000.00 and available assets of £314,000.00.  After considered litigation by Tina and instructed counsel a confiscation order in the sum of £60,000.00 was agreed between the parties.
  13. R v O (SCC): The defendant was subject to confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 before the crown court.  The Crown sought a confiscation order with a benefit figure of £661,000.00 and available assets of £103,000.00 with hidden assets equal to the value of the offence.  After a contested hearing an order for £50,000.00 was made which included a hidden assets figure of £40,000.00.