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HMRC money laundering investigation success for Siobhain Egan and Lewis Nedas Law

HMRC logoSiobhain was instructed by clients who had a substantial amount of money (£800,000) in an account transferred from abroad. Their bank obviously made a SAR (Suspicious Activity Report) and HMRC began an investigation. The monies were simultaneously transferred out of our client's account. 

HMRC wanted to interview our client under caution the next day. We explained that because the onus/burden of proof transfers to our client (as money laundering dictates), we would have to make extensive enquiries abroad in order to be able to prove the paper trail of the monies and the legitimate origin of those monies; this would take some time. HMRC agreed to postpone the interview for a further 7 days.

Both the client and Siobhain worked hard to analyse and collate all of the necessary documentation, much of which was in sworn affidavit form from another jurisdiction and another language.

Siobhain attended the interview with her client, who co-operated in full with HMRC. All of the documents were explained in detail, HMRC then stated that the monies were due to be restrained the following week in the local Crown Court. Siobhain firmly impressed upon HMRC that if they had read the documents provided, there should be no need to institute restraint proceeedings, which would put the client to even more expense and cause additional delay.

HMRC responded the following morning and said that after having analysed the information provided, they would return the monies forthwith and close their investigation.

Assertive and efficient defence work and preparation is the key to dealing with HMRC money laundering and cash seizure investigations.

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Lewis Nedas Law seminar - Dealing with SRA investigations

image5 CopyFurther to our very successful seminar (organised in connection with St Paul's Chambers, Leeds) at the Law Society on Chancery Lane on 16/11/2016 (see the pictures here), we have published Jeffrey Lewis' speech 'Money laundering: Solicitors on the front line'. Click here to read it.

Money laundering compliance now affects every profession and every type of business, and both HMRC and the NCA have put the issue at the top of their agenda for the next few years.

We represent solicitors who are subject to SRA, HMRC and criminal investigations, if you are facing any of these issues contact us on 0207 387 2032 or through our online enquiry form here.

In the meantime, there will be a further conference in 2017, again focusing upon SRA investigations.


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New instructions for Lewis Nedas Law crime, fraud and inquest lawyers

  1. HMRC SIGNJeffrey Lewis has been instructed by the family of a Russian businessman to represent their interests at his inquest;

  2. Siobhain Egan represents an academic facing investigation by HMRC for fraud and money laundering;

  3. Sean Reilly has been instructed in the following matters:
    a) a mortgage fraud conspiracy with 6 defendants;
    b) importation of 90kgs of class A drugs;
    c) conspiracy to supply class A drugs and money laundering charges;

  4. Unan Choudhury acts for a restaurateur facing a £500,000 VAT investigation by HMRC. 
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New instructions for Lewis Nedas Law specialist criminal and fraud defence solicitors

  1. cuffsLeila Abdul-Rasool has been instructed in an insurance fraud (and related money laundering matters) to the value of £500,000;

  2. Siobhain Egan has been instructed in the following matters:

    a) two more individuals seeking to overturn their convictions sustained as a result of sting entrapments by the 'Fake Sheikh' Mazer Mahmood;
    b) a professional man facing allegations of pharmaceutical fraud;
    c) a finance professional accused of fraud;
    d) two senior finance professionals acting as NED's, facing investigation by HMRC and the FCA re regulatory and professional disciplinary issues.

  3. Miles Herman is acting for:

    a) a client facing investigation into money laundering to the value of £1.5million (cross border transactions);
    b) a senior finance professional accused of illegal pornography offences.

  4. Jeffrey Lewis instructed again by a client in another complex tax evasion allegation.


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New Acquittals and Instructions for Lewis Nedas Specialist Crime and Fraud Lawyers

  1. handshake woman and manAnother acquittal in a rape prosecution trial for Lewis Nedas Law client.

    Siobhain Egan represented a businessman who faced two sets of separate proceedings involving rape and sexual assault allegations; he was acquitted at his first trial in July 2016 and again following the second separate trial in November 2016.

    The superb David Nathan QC represented Siobhain''s client at both trials;

  2. Jeffrey Lewis and Siobhain Egan instructed to advise upon potential appeal for individual convicted of £53 million fraud, which attracted nationwide publicity and subsequent confiscation proceedings .The appellant was represented by another firm of solicitors at trial;

  3. Unan Choudry is instructed in multi-million money laundering allegation.
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