187 Fleet Street’s barristers are instructed in some of the longest-running, largest and most complex fraud trials before the First-tier Tribunal. Ever since the landmark judgement of the ECJ in Kittel, our barristers have advised and acted in VAT fraud appeals before the VAT Tribunal, High Court and, now, the First-tier and Upper Tribunals.
Chambers has separate practice teams which act for HMRC and for taxpayers.
In cases involving fiscal fraud, as well as wider civil and criminal investigations into the tax affairs of corporate entities and individuals by HMRC, Chambers has some of the best experienced and highly regarded, specialist tax fraud barristers to hand. We are highly sought after to provide advice and representation in the range of direct and indirect tax appeals in the First-tier Tribunal and beyond.
Since the Tribunal’s approach to treat VAT appeals as criminal trials, cases have increasingly required the expertise of specialist criminal barristers. With expert cross-examiners, capable of handling contentious, document-heavy cases, 187 Fleet Street is perfectly suited to this highly specialist area of litigation.
The Tribunals' and court's approach to companies alleged by HMRC’s formula to have “known or should have known” that transactions were “connected with fraud” has resulted in the rapid development of VAT fraud law. At 187 Fleet Street, we are longstanding VAT fraud barristers and MTIC fraud experts. Our barristers have been involved from the outset, at the cutting-edge of informing the early strategies of VAT civil litigation policy at HMRC and preparing appeals for corporate clients.
For taxpayers, our barristers are adept litigators who work with teams of solicitors, tax-advisors, accountants and commodities experts to provide a bespoke service to traders whose VAT has been withheld. In acting for taxpayers, 187 Fleet Street’s leading tax fraud barristers provide legal advice, strategic guidance and robust advocacy services to companies whose VAT has been withheld following HMRC’s process of extended verification. For clients, we will always provide cost-effective and rigorous methods to ensure that allegations of fraud are properly challenged and every legal avenue pursued.
For wider civil investigations into tax irregularities by HMRC, companies, individuals and their advisors have come to rely 187 Fleet Street’s barristers to provide them with the highest-quality and most cost effective legal solutions.
To instruct a barrister or discuss your case further, Chambers has a dedicated clerking team led by our Senior Clerk, John Pyne.