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MAY
19

New instructions for Lewis Nedas specialist fraud and criminal defence lawyers

  1. HMRC logoJeffrey Lewis has been instructed in more HMRC investigations and prosecutions;
    (a) He is advising a well established commercial landlord with a substantial property portfolio facing a HMRC investigation;
    (b) He is also defending a Company Director who faces trial accused of tax evasion;

  2. Sean and James Reilly are instructed to represent two individuals facing trial concerning allegations of a Sex Abuse conspiracy;

  3. Tony Meisels has been instructed to defend three Company Directors in separate matters investigated by BEIS and the Insolvency Service;

  4. Giovanni Lombardo and Siobhain Egan advise two Company Directors facing an investigation by City of London fraud.
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MAY
05

New instructions for Lewis Nedas Law specialist lawyers

  1. FraudinvestigationJeffrey Lewis has been instructed in three separate Director Disqualification Proceedings and investigations, brought by The Insolvency Service and BEIS over the last 10 days. Jeffrey has many years of proven successes with these type of proceedings and investigations. He will work with Ian Coupland, Head of our Company Commercial Department on these particular cases;

  2. ACCA Interim Professional Disciplinary hearing success; Siobhain Egan represents a ACCA qualified accountant who is facing serious criminal proceedings in the Crown Court, which concern allegations of fraud within a charity. Our client self reported to the ACCA Disciplinary Committee and the matter was listed for an initial hearing. His advocate was Rishni Nathwani of 5 KBW Chambers, who also represents our client in the forthcoming criminal trial. As a result of intense detailed preparation, the Committee was persuaded not to impose any interim sanction, restriction or suspension order upon our client, after hearing Mr Nathwani's submissions. These focused upon the inherent weaknesses of the criminal case and the defence evidence which we had gathered so far to support his criminal defence at trial. Our client was delighted that he could continue to practice until the outcome of his criminal trial. No order for costs was made against him.

 

If you are facing ACCA Professional Disciplinary Proceedings and require genuinely experienced legal assistance, please contact us on 02073872032 or use our on line enquiry facility here.

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APR
20

Siobhain Egan instructed by a Director of offshore trusts subject to a joint NCA/HMRC operation, following earlier international arrests precipitated by the release of the Panama Papers

offshore accountsSiobhain Egan has been instructed by a Director of offshore trusts, subject to a joint NCA/HMRC operation. This arose following earlier international arrests concerning a multi million VAT fraud which was precipitated by the release of the Panama Papers.

HMRC announced in April 2016 that they would immediately and aggressively investigate the huge amount of information affecting UK Nationals.

We have been asked to advise individuals who have made voluntary disclosures to HMRC about monies and assets off shore, who intend to bring the same on shore and by those concerned about criminal investigations and prosecutions.

The Revenue have no qualms about how this data was obtained or seemingly any concerns about the potential admissibility of the evidential material; it was effectively stolen after the law firm at the centre of the leak, Mossack Fonseca, was apparently hacked and the information passed to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

We know following the Swiss HSBC information theft in 2010, one individual was prosecuted by HMRC (successfully represented by Jeffrey Lewis of this firm) using information which showed that many hundreds of UK nationals held secret Swiss bank accounts.

We expect HMRC to adopt the same bullish approach with the Panama Papers, confident that the likely response to any legal arguments re exclusion of stolen evidence will be rejected by the Courts, and that the material will be deemed relevant and therefore admissible, regardless of the circumstances surrounding its acquisition.

In the HSBC investigation, HMRC were clear that they had not paid for the Swiss HSBC information and they would appear to be very sensitive about that particular issue, as we saw after the Julius Baer bank information theft in 2012, when HMRC released a very carefully worded response to that incident that they 'would not actively seek to acquire customer data stolen from the Swiss bank' because the employee responsible for the theft was paid by another tax authority for the information.

As yet, nobody knows the full circumstances of the Leaking of the Mossack Fonseca material.

 

If you are affected or likely to be affected by HMRC or NCA investigations into assets/monies held off shore, which could lead to tax evasion or money laundering prosecutions, please contact either Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan of Lewis Nedas Law, to discuss any if these issues. We work with leading tax investigation specialist accountants who can also assist.

Contact us on: 02073872032 or use our on line enquiry facility at www.lewisnedas.co.uk

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13

New instruction in a large criminal defence case

Sean Reilly has been instructed in a large sexual abuse prosecution, by two of 22 defendants brought by Thames Valley police in Oxford. This case attracted national headlines.

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12

Recent results for Lewis Nedas Law expert criminal defence lawyers

  1. gavelExcellent historic sexual allegation result for Lewis Nedas client and Tony Meisels; Tony represented an individual facing a long history of allegations of historic sexual assaults and rapes by family members, which were said to occur when all parties were either children or in their teens. Tony instructed the excellent Dee Connolly of Counsel. The client entered guilty pleas to two counts concerning one individual but denied the remaining allegations.

    As a result of detailed and difficult preparation for trial and Ms Connolly's superb advocacy, our client was acquitted of the numerous remaining allegations. He was sentenced by a highly experienced trial Judge and received a suspended sentence of imprisonment and a community sentence. The CPS then decided to Attorney General (AG) Reference the case, on the basis that they felt the the sentence was too low and inappropriate. Tony and Ms Connolly drafted a clear and comprehensive letter of objection to such a course, explaining the full circumstances and what had happened in court. This was enough to persuade the CPS to drop their proposed AG Reference.

    We have been successfully defending sexual allegations for many years, including the often more complex, difficult and sensitive historic sexual abuse allegations. We do so discreetly and in a low key manner, at reasonable rates and using the very best advocates and experts.

  2. Siobhain Egan successfully represented a political lobbyist investigated for dishonesty allegations; After making strong representations to the investigating authority, all matters were dropped;

  3. Another successful outcome for firearms specialist Laura Saunsbury; In February 2017 an ordeal lasting nearly a year finally came to an end for a firearm and shotgun certificate holder who was accused of threatening his neighbour with a machete. Our client was acquitted following a two day trial at Lewes Crown Court. The case was expertly prepared by our firearms and weapons law specialist Laura. At the trial our client was skilfully represented by barrister Zeena Begum of 4 Kings Bench Walk, as demonstrated by the fact it took the jury only 18 minutes to reach a unanimous not guilty verdict. In expressing his appreciation our client had this to say about the way we handled his case: “I truly believe without Laura and Zeena I would have lost my case. So happy and relieved they got justice for me”.

             

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