Criminal lawyers at Taylor Law can assist if you’ve been arrested, the Police want to talk to you or you’re due in Court.
Why Taylor Law?
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) can commence an investigation at any time into your tax affairs or those of your business, partnership or company.
Tax affairs are notoriously complicated and it is important to work with experts to ensure the situation is handled efficiently and that you have an effective defence to any accusations of wrongdoing.
Expert legal advice for tax matters
At Taylor Law our team have an in-depth understanding of complex tax law and financial affairs. In the event that you are notified of an investigation into your tax situation, we can work with you to identify exactly what has happened and ensure that you are not charged tax or penalties that are not due.
An investigation could be on a civil or criminal basis. You will be notified of a civil investigation, but not of a criminal one. In any event, as soon as you discover that your affairs are being examined, it is advisable to seek legal advice. We will be able to ensure that the information provided to HMRC is
accurate and that you do not inadvertently damage your case by making an error. We will also represent you at any interview under caution that you are required to give.
Legal representation in a tax investigation
You have a number of rights when dealing with requests and investigations by HMRC. For example, you do not necessarily have to attend an interview if the enquiry has been classed as a civil matter.
Deciding whether it is in your interests to attend the interview and what cooperation to offer should be done in light of expert legal advice.
HMRC also have the right to request certain documentation to support their investigation. It is important to ensure that this is provided, but you should also make sure that you do not inadvertently release other information, potentially triggering more enquiries.
There are a number of reasons why HMRC may open a civil investigation, including the following:
- Suspicious figures, for example, fluctuating revenue or consecutive unprofitable years
- Acting on a report from a member of the public
- Inconsistencies in the information provided to HMRC
- Errors in the information submitted
- Random checks or checks on a certain trade or in a certain geographic location
If criminal conduct is suspected, HMRC has issued guidance as to when they will consider institutinga criminal investigation.
HMRC Code 9 enquiries
HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Services may carry out enquiries under Code of Practice 9 (COP9) if they suspect serious fraud.
The COP9 process allows a criminal tax fraud matter to be settled by way of a civil deal. In return for admitting fraudulent conduct and providing full disclosure of the tax fraud you would receive immunity from prosecution. It is essential that you seek legal advice before going ahead with this option to ensure that your interests are protected and that the proper disclosure is made. Failure to fully disclose all matters could still leave you open to prosecution.
A tax investigation can be lengthy and disruptive and a negative outcome can result in substantial penalties and/or a criminal conviction. Our tax team can work on your behalf to deal with any enquiry or investigation as quickly as possible to try and resolve matters.
We have an excellent track record of success in working with clients who are being investigated by HMRC. We have expert civil and criminal defence solicitors in Leeds, Middlesbrough and London who can step in immediately to represent you and deal with HMRC investigators on your behalf.
For an initial discussion, ring us on 0113 532 8100 (Leeds), 01642 221 108 (Middlesbrough) or 0203 780 7646 (London) or fill in our Contact Form.
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This work is carried out by:
Scott Taylor – Director of Taylor Law – Supervisor
Mark Lake – Senior Solicitor
Imogen Cox – Senior Solicitor
Ben Tighe – Solicitor
Our current hourly rates are £201 plus VAT per hour, with routine letters/telephone calls/emails (less than 6 minutes) costing £20.10 plus VAT. We shall be able to give you a more accurate costs estimate once we have seen you and are able to establish how complicated your case is. There are also likely to be disbursements to pay. These are costs associated with your matter paid to third parties such as expert fees, travel costs, copying charges etc. These will depend on your individual case.
Due to the experience of our criminal solicitors (both of whom are ex-duty solicitors), unlike many firms that deal with motoring offences, we do not routinely instruct barristers to attend court on your behalf, thus minimising costs.
In some cases, we are able to offer fixed fee representation. However, this depends upon various factors, such as the likely plea, how long any trial will take and the factual/ legal complexity of the case.
Usually, a guilty plea to a simple matter, at a court local to one of our offices, can be dealt with by way of a fixed fee. If we are required to travel to a court in a different town or city, if the case is likely to be lengthy or will involve complex factual disputes or legal points, then the fixed fee will be higher.
In some cases, for instance where a not guilty plea is intended, or where the precise amount of work required cannot be accurately estimated or is unusually complex, then we are likely to deal with your matter by way of an hourly rate. Not guilty plea cases, which result in trials, are likely to start from £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.
Our guideline fixed fees, based on attendances at local courts, are as follows:
Guilty pleas (requiring a single attendance at court) – from £800 plus VAT*
(*Additional attendances, for instance following an adjournment, are charged at £400 plus VAT)
Please note that the above fees relate solely to Magistrates’ Court cases. Appeals against sentence
or conviction, or privately funded Crown Court matters, can only be quoted upon a full assessment
of the case papers.
The typical key stages of dealing with a motoring case are as follows:
In guilty plea cases:
– Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers, advising on plea and likely sentence and, in not guilty cases, the likely issues for trial;
– Attending the Magistrates’ Court for the first appearance; dealing with plea and sentence.
In not guilty plea cases, as above, plus:
– Dealing with case management at the first court appearance;
– Taking a proof of evidence from you, taking statements from witnesses, instructing experts, drafting statements;
– Considering further evidence served by the prosecution and taking your instructions on it;
– Considering unused material;
– Drafting legal arguments (in complex cases)
– Preparation for and attendance at trial.
– The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the costs will be reduced.
As to timescales, for guilty pleas, cases typically conclude on the same day as the first appearance. In not guilty cases, it usually takes between 2 to 3 months to conclude, although if the trial is vacated and re-fixed for any reason, then it may take around 4 to 6 months.
“I used Scott Taylor to represent me when I sued the Police and Successfully won my case. I felt confident going to court as Scott walked me through everything and engaged an amazing barrister on my behalf. It took a while to get there but by god did we get there. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Scott again he knows what he is doing and supports you at all stages.”
Valerie Ann Cadman-Khan