Appointed Person Under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Body: Home Office
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Communities, International, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Flexible within the United Kingdom, Negotiable (possible home working).
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, International Experience, Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The role is remunerated at £477 per day, based on an expected time commitment of 10-15 days per year.
Time Requirements: An initial term of three years


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Mr Greg McCourt has been selected to the role of the “Appointed Person” under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Mr McCourt, a former solicitor and District Judge in Northern Ireland, takes up the role following an interview panel process. He has been jointly appointed by the Home Office Ministers, the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland and Scottish Ministers. His term of appointment will expire on 31 July 2022.
Appointed Person under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
The role of the Appointed Person was established providing assurance to Parliament, the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly that independent scrutiny has been applied to reports of searches and seizures carried out under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 when prior judicial approval has not been given. The Appointed Person writes an annual report which draws general conclusions about the issues arising from relevant search and seizure reports and can also make appropriate recommendations about the exercise of the powers.

Date: 14/08/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Closed for Applications


  • Competition Launched


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    week commencing 27 November 2017

  • Announcement

    14/08/2019 at 15:00

Short List Meeting to take place w/c 02/10/17. Final Panel Interviews to take place w/c 09/11/17


Assessment Panel

  • Owen Rowland Added 14/08/2017

    Panel Chair

    Deputy Director, Economic & Cyber Crime Unit, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Home Office • Departmental Official

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  • Linda Hamilton Added 14/08/2017

    Deputy Director, Defence Security & Cyber Resilience Division, Scotland • Other Panel Member

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  • Karen Pearson Added 14/08/2017

    Deputy Director, Protection and Organised Crime Division, Northern Ireland • Other Panel Member

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  • Graham Smith Added 14/08/2017

    Government Legal Department • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description


The Appointed Person provides effective oversight and scrutiny of reports of certain searches and seizures conducted under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

The Appointed Person will produce an annual report for Ministers which will be laid before Parliament, the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The appointee to this tri-partite role is independent of the Government and must not be employed under or for the purposes of any government department.

Key Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the Appointed Person are to:

  • Carry out the statutory functions assigned to the Appointed Person as stipulated in the Act.
  • Provide public reassurance that the powers are being used effectively and proportionately or, if they are not, provide meaningful recommendations.
  • Provide recommendations on the development of the framework of the operation of the powers.
  • Write an annual report to the Secretary of State drawing general conclusions about the matters reported to them and making any appropriate recommendations, which is laid before Parliament. A key responsibility for the Appointed Person will be to write a similar report in respect of the devolved administrations.
  • Liaise with statistics departments of the Home Office, Police and other law enforcement agencies over information flowing from the Appointed Person’s statutory functions. The same will apply to Department of Justice (Northern Ireland) and Scottish Government.
  • Keep abreast of wider issues relating to search (and seizure) powers generally.

Person Specification

It is essential in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria in Part One only of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with those candidates invited for interview, together with the criteria listed in Part Two.

Part One – Essential Criteria

Skills and experience

  • Knowledge and understanding of general issues relating to search and seizure powers (including the general powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984). An awareness of the powers operation and need in law enforcement, and their effect on people and community.
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn the history, and purpose of the relevant legislation in relation to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland law; and an appreciation of legal differences in the three jurisdictions.
  • Exemplary writing skills.


  • Possession of a formal academic qualification in a relevant field, such as law, or a career background in addressing law enforcement power issues.

Part Two – Personal abilities and behaviours

  • Able to build strong working relationships and communicate effectively, using a range of medium, to Ministers, officials, a diverse range of stakeholders, the public, and the Devolved Administrations.
  • Strong influencing skills and the ability to convince through personal credibility.


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level.

The Home Office is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation and transgender.

How to Apply

For further information and details of how to apply, please see the attached candidate pack.

Completed applications should be emailed to

If you can not apply online, please post applications to:

Public Appointments Team

Home Office

2 Marsham Street

Ground Floor

Seacole Building

London SW1P 4DF

Appointed Person_Candidate Pack_Final
170804 - Annex-A-Supporting-Documentation - Apointed Person
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