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JUL
14

New instructions and results for Lewis Nedas Law specialist HMRC and fraud defence solicitors

  1. HMRC SIGNSiobhain Egan has been instructed by a businessman facing a long running VAT fraud investigation by HMRC;

  2. Siobhain successfully represented two Directors of a specialist market research company facing a fraud investigation; the matter was dropped by the investigating authorities after detailed representations were made by Siobhain, relating to the strength and continuity of the evidence;

  3. Siobhain also represented an academic facing allegations of fraud and criminality; the matter was resolved using a civil remedy after robust representations were made by Siobhain.

    

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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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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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FEB
14

New instructions for Lewis Nedas specialist criminal and fraud lawyers

  1. suit in handcuffsJeffrey Lewis has been instructed in the following cases:
    a) HMRC investigation into the liquidation of a large public company;
    b) First-tier Revenue Appeal Tribunal;
    c) A company seeking civil fraud remedy against an employee who defrauded many millions.

  2. Sean Reilly acts for an individual who is the subject of a murder investigation;

  3. Siobhain Egan is instructed in the following matters:
    a) An accountant accused of fraud and another charged with a charity fraud;
    b) An eminent academic accused of an altercation with a public service employee;
    c) Siobhain currently advises upon a multi-jurisdictional corporate investigation into allegations of money laundering.

  

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JAN
25

New instructions for Lewis Nedas tax investigation specialist lawyers

  1. FraudinvestigationJeffrey Lewis has been instructed to advise a Company Director facing a full VAT investigation;
  2. Siobhain Egan advises an individual facing an investigation in relation to an off shore company.

If you are facing any type of HMRC investigation and require specialist legal advice, contact Lewis Nedas Law at enquiries@lewisnedas.co.uk or phone 02073872032.

 

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