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OCT
05

Siobhain Egan's article on the survival of the SFO published in Financier Worldwide

suit in handcuffsSFO v. NCA – will the SFO win the battle for survival this time? Read the article in the Financier Worldwide here.

  

 

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AUG
03

Recent excellent results for Lewis Nedas serious crime, fraud and asset restraint defence solicitors

  1. police interviewUnan Choudhury represented a young professional man accused of GBH, he raised the absolute defence of self defence and was acquitted by a jury in less than 20mins.

    This is the third acquittal in a row for Unan, when defending allegations of serious crime. He instructed the excellent James Onalaja of Counsel (187 Fleet Street) as the advocate.

  2. Eiran Reilly instructed by two individuals who had a substantial amount of cash (in excess of £50,000) seized by the NCA. Unan Choudhury carefully advised both individuals upon arrest in the police station, and they explained the legitimate source of the monies and its legitimate purpose. Nevertheless, the NCA continued and originated Restraint proceedings in the Magistrates Court.  Eiran instructed the superb Tom Davidson of Counsel, and after making oral submissions at Court, the NCA agreed to return the monies in full.

    We have an excellent success rate with these type of asset Restraint proceedings - it highlights the importance of good advice at the earliest opportunity (in the police station), careful case preparation and choosing the best specialist advocate available.

  3. Siobhain Egan was instructed by a Senior Finance professional who faced prosecution for fraud, after many months of investigation S/He instructed Siobhain to represent him,  who after assessing the allegations and the evidence, successfully applied to adjourn the proceedings and then made detailed legal submissions, arguing that there was insufficient evidence. The Prosecution agreed and the prosecution was discontinued.

   

 

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JUL
14

Siobhain Egan quoted in specialist Financial Compliance publication on the NCA's latest report on Money Laundering

money launderingRead the article here.

  

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JUL
12

New instructions for Lewis Nedas specialist Serious Fraud defence lawyers

briberyJeffrey Lewis has been instructed in a multi handed bribery and corruption international sporting conspiracy, investigated by the NCA. He will work with Miles Herman on the case.

Unan Choudhury has been instructed to represent an individual who is being prosecuted in a multi defendant high value fraud conspiracy, again prosecuted by the NCA.

   

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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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