Tax Investigation and Prosecutions

You may regularly see in the press and media that companies and individuals are investigated by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs where they seek to recover unpaid taxes and impose financial penalties.

Increasingly, these cases are becoming criminal investigations as HMRC ‘cracks down’ on tax evaders under political pressure.

Holborn Adams reacts to such situations to help clients avoid prosecution or to defend any charges brought by HMRC. Our experts at Holborn Adams are well placed, having successfully defended in a number of multi-million pound tax investigations.

With our wealth of experience, we can offer clients the ability to defend any matter, including seeking a negotiated solution if appropriate. We will always continue to encourage a non-criminal resolution to your investigation by bringing matters to an end without prosecution or the risk of a criminal record. This is something we can discuss with you in more detail on a case-by-case basis, depending on the nature of the evidence against you.

As with all of our areas of practice, criminal tax investigations should never be left to proceed without active engagement on your behalf. We can contact and negotiate with HMRC, together with tax accountancy colleagues where needed, to divert cases from the criminal process and achieve an outcome that allows your business to continue.

We Cover All Offences Including:

  • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (‘HMRC’) Investigation
  • Serious Fraud Office (‘SFO’) Investigation
  • Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’) Investigation

Recent Holborn Adams Cases

R v ML

Representing a client pre-charge in relation to serious sexual offences. Case preparation has involved securing defence material at the early stages of the investigation. We have successfully applied to vary the clients bail conditions pending completion of the investigation.

R v CJ

Instructed to defend a client pre-charge in relation to allegations of assault and possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply. We are in the process of obtaining medical evidence and witness statements as part of the pre-charge representations.

HMRC v KL

Retained to defend a client with allegations of VAT and income tax fraud. We have prepared written submissions to the CPS to the effect that criminal charges would not be in the public interest.

R v AS & Others

Holborn Adams is retained by two clients in a vast cross-border human trafficking and a multi-million pound fraud investigation by both UK and Polish authorities. Our Senior Partner, Adam Rasul travelled to Poland to liaise with the clients’ Polish Lawyers as part of a coordinated legal response. Written representations have been submitted to the CPS that the investigation failed to follow proper procedures and that the case should be reviewed at the highest level.

United States v EL

Holborn Adams is retained to assist and advise on an international drug trafficking investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Our Senior Partner, Adam Rasul, travelled to Washington DC and Virginia to represent the interests of a British Citizen implicated in a large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy. Adam is working jointly with United States Attorneys in preparation of the client’s case.

JG

Retained to make enquiries into the police handling and conduct of an historic incident.

R v H

Instructed in relation to an appeal against sentence and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 confiscation order in relation to conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs to the value of £5,000,000.

R v LA

Retained to advise on an appeal against conviction for murder (‘Joint enterprise’) where we did not act at trial. This involves detailed review of ‘what went wrong’ in the trial and investigating evidence and legal errors that may be used to overturn the conviction.

R v JD

Represented a client in a wave of Operations by Greater Manchester Police of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. This case involved consideration of a voluminous amount of telephone evidence and a large investigation across the North West.

R v MR

Acted for a client cleared of attempted murder in the course of a ‘drive-by shooting’ in Birmingham following a successful submission of no case to answer.

Holborn Adams - Why Choose Us

When you call Holborn Adams you’ll immediately speak to a qualified and experienced lawyer. We’re not “legal specialists”. We are a team of experienced and specialised Counsel (Barristers) and Solicitors, dealing with cases like yours every day.

  • A phenomenal success rate of pre-charge defence in avoiding criminal charge.
  • Legal advice that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Direct access to some of the country’s leading specialist Counsel and Queen’s Counsel.
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Latest Testimonials

When my partner was wrongfully arrested it felt like my world had collapsed around me. I was alone, fearful and lost. The rumours circulating affected my health and my business as people believed what the police were saying. The constant contact and reassurance from Holborn Adams, who were always there and willing to help, enabled me to carry on and thankfully we are now out of the other side.

Nobody listens and nobody cares when you face something like this. But Holborn Adams do – they put their clients best interests at heart.

Thank you so much to all at Holborn Adams, especially Simon Kups and Adam Rasul.

Client

I am writing to express my appreciation for the help, advice and support me and my family received from Holborn Adams during my wrongful arrest last year.

I was at a real low with the false allegations against me and the unwillingness of the police to look at alternative facts and evidence. Having you in my corner, to keep my spirits up when I was imprisoned and things were looking bleak, helped stop me from going under. The fact that you were there for me and my family at all hours, always willing to advise, is and always will be, appreciated more than words can express. I would recommend you to anyone suffering injustice or finding themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Client

As part of a team, you, Adam and Matthew were all patient, friendly and professional providing an environment where in the most dire of circumstances there is a reassurance that a team is working to reach the best very outcome on your behalf. Importantly the human touch of support that is so critical in times of crisis never lapsed. I have no hesitation in recommending Holborn Adams with the strongest voice to anyone for high quality legal representation and a team who are dedicated to the very best outcome for their client.

Client

In a time of crisis the initial phone call with Adam was exactly what was needed; calm reassurance with precise legal instructions that he made sure I understood in my emotive chaos. The step by step guide of how the arrest process would proceed and clear do and do nots as well as the traps not to fall into was absolutely invaluable as I had no knowledge or prior experience of the criminal justice system. I now understand due to the nature of the criminal justice system how critical and vital it is to have good quality legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

Client

We made the best decision in choosing Holborn Adams to represent our son and we would have no hesitation in recommending Holborn Adams or using the Firm again if ever we needed to.

Client

I would like to say a huge thank you for all your time and effort which has led to a very positive outcome. Your friendly, down to earth and non judgmental approach was much appreciated.

Client

I would like to thank Natasha, Adam and Chris for the excellent job they did on my case. I really appreciate it and feel that without their input this wouldn’t have been a positive result.

Client

Adam Rasul is a tremendously impressive and affable lawyer whom I would not hesitate to recommend for any corporate or financial crime matter.

Guy Williams, Senior Clerk 25 Bedford Row