The Serious Organised Crime Agency has brought civil recovery proceedings under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2005 in relation to recoverable property owned by David Gale either in his own name or in the names of his former wife, his son and his mother. The court found that although specific offences had not been identified by SOCA in support of its claim for a civil recovery order, on the balance of probabilities, the evidence established that significant assets had been acquired as a direct consequence of money laundering and drug trafficking and on this basis an order has been granted.