Edward Greaves, Barrister

Recognised expert in Proceeds of Crime, Criminal Property Confiscation and Financial Crime matters.

Practice Areas

I specialise in Proceeds of Crime and Criminal Property Confiscation. I am also recognised as an expert barrister in financial crime matters including money laundering, Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AMLCTF) and related areas.

I enjoy novel arguments; particularly involving statutory construction.

Proceeds of Crime

Proceeds of Crime regimes are contentious, complex and have wide-ranging consequences.

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Reporting entities have strict obligations. AUSTRAC has stepped up enforcement.

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Unexplained Wealth

The devil is in the detail. The onus of proof is flipped and a positive defence is required.

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Financial Crime

Get it wrong and lose it all. Preparation and strategy are key to a successful defence.

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Injunctions, or the 'nuclear option', are a powerful tool but should be considered carefully.

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Dispute Resolution

Civil litigation is a necessary evil. The client's interests should always be front of mind.

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Edward Greaves

I joined Francis Burt Chambers as a barrister in 2014, after graduating from the University of Western Australia in 2002.

Immediately prior to being called to the bar I was inaugural Deputy Counsel for the Australian Federal Police, with responsibility for litigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

I was a Principal Federal Prosecutor for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. First, in Commercial Prosecutions, where I was case officer for ASIC’s first share warehousing prosecution, and then managing the Criminal Assets branch in Western Australia. I worked with and juniored a number of eminent senior counsel, some of whom have since been appointed to the bench, including to the High Court.

Between 2002 and 2006 I practiced in commercial litigation including with a boutique corporate insolvency firm.


Work practices that work for you

I can scale my involvement to suit your preferences. Our mutual goal is to serve the best interests of the client and I will do that flexibly.

I have my own online collaboration and document management tools. Alternatively I can work with your firm's preferred system.

Electronic briefs

For your convenience and ease of updating I am happy to take electronic briefs.

Fixed fee option

I am happy to offer fixed fees for discrete work to give you and your clients certainty.

Online collaboration

For efficient document management and editing I use cloud collaboration services.

Secure communications

I use a variety of secure communications tools. Please discuss with me which one will serve our needs best.

Awards & Recognition

  • Chief Justice's Prize

    I completed the Bar Readers' course in 2014. I received the Chief Justice's prize for the best performed reader, as well as the award for the best performed reader in the trial advocacy module.

  • United States Attorney's Award

    I received a United States Attorney's Award for my work in confiscating US$24 million in gold and silver bullion, some of which is pictured at the top of this page.

    Some of the bullion was located at the Perth Mint and was the proceeds of an elaborate operation which amounted to an illegal underground bank. It operated using an online platform with some similarities to cryptocurrencies.

    The award was presented by His Excellency Jeffrey Bleich, then United States Ambassador to Australia (pictured).

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Doyles - Edward Greaves Leading Criminal Law Barrister 2018

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Recent Posts

I have summarised some recent decisions and issues. These blog posts primarily, but not exclusively, relate to Proceeds of Crime and Criminal Property Confiscation and related areas.

June 24, 2018 Using frozen money to pay defence legal fees

It is well established that property frozen under the Criminal Property Confiscation Act is able to be released to fund legal or living expenses. However, WA DPP practice over the last 10 years has been to deny requests to release funds frozen under the CPCA crime-used or crime-derived grounds. I successfully argued in the District Court that property frozen on these grounds could still be released for such expenses.

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June 24, 2018 National Cooperative Scheme on Unexplained Wealth

The Unexplained Wealth Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 proposes a ‘National Cooperative Scheme on Unexplained Wealth’. In this article I address the utility of this scheme and raise some issues with its proposed operation.

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January 5, 2018 Criminal Property Confiscation Act WA: Jurisdictional limits

How should the value of frozen property be calculated for purposes of the jurisdictional limits of the Magistrates’ Court (and by extension, the District Court)? The correct calculation has been held to be based on the total value of the frozen property; contrary to previous practice.

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