VAT Fraud Solicitors Manchester
Tax and Valued Added Tax (VAT) fraud are taken very seriously by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Indeed, in recent years HMRC has become more aggressive in terms of the investigation and prosecution of tax fraud generally. If they suspect deliberate VAT fraud is taking place, it is highly likely that they will commence a criminal investigation, with a view to bringing criminal charges that can result in a trial and conviction. If you’re placed under investigation because HMRC suspect deliberate tax or VAT fraud, it’s therefore vital to get expert legal advice as soon as possible. These investigations are pursued aggressively and with vigor by HMRC, not only to detect and punish wrongdoing, but also so cases can also act as strong deterrents.
The criminal defence solicitors at Stephen Lickrish & Associates are experts on the investigation and prosecution of tax and VAT fraud, including Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC)/Carousal Fraud. Our vast knowledge of the law coupled with over 50 years combined experience means we have a high success rate defending individuals and businesses facing HMRC investigations and prosecutions. For an initial free discussion about how we can help, regardless of the stage of your investigation, please contact us.
Tax and VAT Fraud Defence
When investigating VAT fraud, HMRC has vast powers at its disposal, from the ability to apply for search warrants and production orders to searching premises and making arrests. It can also, in very serious cases, use intrusive surveillance powers. Although potentially wide-reaching, all of the HMRC’s criminal investigation powers are subject to strict safeguards, with many requiring external independent approval.
If an investigation produces sufficient evidence of wrongdoing and there’s a realistic prospect of conviction, it’s likely that charges will be brought and the case can go to trial. Exactly which offence the accused will be charged with depends on the facts of the case. However, VAT fraud criminal offences include fraud, fraudulent evasion of VAT, false statements and accounting, cheating the public revenue and conspiracy to defraud.
Stephen Lickrish & Associates are well placed to help individuals and businesses deal with HMRC investigations and resulting CPS prosecutions. Our expert team includes: highly-skilled VAT fraud solicitors, who have extensive experience successfully defending those suspected or accused of fraud; and, professional external forensic accountants, who are highly proficient in conducting meticulous analysis of evidence.
As a team, we regularly defend clients in a wide variety of economic crime cases, including:
- Fraud Solicitors in Manchester
- Pension Fraud
- Long Firm Fraud
- Restraint Orders
- Confiscation Proceedings
- Money Laundering
- MTIC/Carousal Fraud
- Boiler Room Fraud
- Carbon Credit Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
We have significant experience of advising professionals, including accountants, involved in such investigations.
Specialist VAT Fraud Defence Solicitors Manchester
When facing investigation or prosecution for VAT fraud, it’s vital to have the support of experienced, well-respected and specialist defence lawyers who will protect your rights and interests.
Our strategic and proactive approach, from carrying out our own forensic investigations to deploying highly effective negotiation and advocacy skills, has resulted in notable successes for our clients accused of VAT fraud. For expert VAT fraud defence advice for specialist and experienced solicitors, please contact us using our enquiry form, or call our 24 hour free-phone number 0800 988 64 22 or our office on 0161 237 1913.