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?
Investigations on suspicion of tax evasion can be complex and disruptive. It can also be damaging to your reputation and that of any business that you are involved in.
You are advised to seek expert legal advice as soon as possible if you are notified of an investigation to ensure that your position is protected as far as possible and that matters are resolved without delay.
Expert advice and representation
Tax law is extremely complicated and mistakes can easily be made in dealing with tax affairs. HM Revenue & Customs are increasingly working to penalise those whose affairs have been dealt with incorrectly and to recover funds from individuals and businesses.
At Taylor Law we are experts in tax affairs and the complex schemes that can be legally set up to manage tax. We can represent you from the start to provide responses to enquiries, attend meetings and put together a strong defence on your behalf.
Deliberate understatement of tax
Tax evasion is the deliberate failure to pay taxes, commonly by making a false report.
Deliberately understating the amount of tax you should be paying by not declaring or hiding income or misleading HM Revenue & Customs is taken very seriously and can result in penalties of up to 200 per cent of the tax due. A maximum prison term of seven years or an unlimited fine can be ordered
in the most severe cases. Investigations can go back as far as 20 years if there is evidence of serious tax evasion.
Dealing with a tax investigation
If you are being subjected to a tax investigation, we will assess your case and provide honest, practical advice.
We will work proactively to have any investigation against you dropped as quickly as possible to minimise disruption.
If this does not prove possible, we will correspond with HM Revenue & Customs to ascertain the extent of their case and advise you in respect of any possible negotiations with regard to payment of penalties.
In the event that your case proceeds to trial, you can be sure of robust representation. We have contacts with tax experts across adjacent sectors, including tax accountants and barristers whom we can instruct if necessary.
Tax evasion is a serious offence. As well as imprisonment, HM Revenue & Customs may seek to impose substantial penalties amounting to many thousands of pounds. Putting legal representation in place as soon as possible is important to protect your rights.
We have expert civil and criminal defence solicitors in Leeds, Middlesbrough and London who can step in immediately to represent you and deal with investigators and police on your behalf. We provide a first-rate legal service and have an excellent track record of success.
We have criminal defence solicitors based in Leeds, Middlesbrough and London.
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