VAT, business crime and proceeds of crime
Our solicitors provide expert legal defence advice and defence representation, throughout the country, to those suspected of, or charged with and offences involving VAT fraud.
VAT fraud frequently involves very complex intra company trading arrangements between UK and European Union based companies, involving goods, such as computer chips and mobile phones. Such frauds are often referred to as computer chip frauds or mobile phone frauds with a carousel of companies involved – hence carousel fraud.
Enquiries by H M Revenue and Customs and other investigative bodies VAT fraud are frequently lengthy and wide-ranging involving the activities of many companies and individuals. Prosecutions for VAT fraud are long and complex and require expert legal defence representation. Conviction frequently results in substantial sentences of imprisonment and orders for confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Obtaining expert defence solicitors at an early stage is vital.
This firm is repeatedly asked to assist clients who have already, at some time, during the course of an investigation or Court proceedings instructed Solicitors. We are used to dealing with such enquiries and advising as to the transfer of a case from previous Solicitors to this practice. It is important to those the subject of an investigation or prosecution, that they are confident in the Solicitors that they instruct and that they consider those that act for them are doing everything they possibly can to assist.