Ben Douglas-Jones, acting for the legatees of the Will of the alleged gangster Roy Francis Adkins in forfeiture proceedings, secured the release of £900,000.
The Metropolitan Police had detained it as alleged criminal property. They said the money came from drug and gun running. They relied on the reputation of Roy Francis Adkins as a gangster who was supposed to have killed the “great” train robber Charlie White.
The Police argued that Mr Adkins was the right hand man of the Amsterdam drugs lord Klaas Bruinsma. They relied on the allegation that it was Bruinsma who had shot Adkins outside the Nightwatchman Bar in Amsterdam in 1990. Ben was instructed by Seamus Austin of Tuckers via a damages based agreement.