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Bark&co Secured The Acquittal Of A Client Charged With Biggest And Most Complex Direct Tax Fraud In British History

16.11.2017

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After a 10 month trial at Southwark Crown Court, Fiona Gavriel a Senior Solicitor at Bark&co secured the acquittal of a client charged with Conspiracy to Defraud the Revenue (Operation Amazon). This is said to have been the biggest and most complex direct tax fraud in British history and the potential loss was £107.92 million.  The scheme involved high net worth individuals who invested in environmental projects. This matter has taken 8 years to come to trial and involved complex issues relating to e-disclosure. The Court of Appeal have used this case in order to give guidance on the proper approach to disclosure and Abuse of Process (Regina -V-Richards and others 2015).

We instructed Andrew Radcliffe QC of 2 Hare Court and Matthew Buckland of Carmelite Chambers.

http://www.cps.gov.uk/news/latest_news/men-jailed-over-huge-100m-tax-fraud/

https://www.ft.com/content/0068bd87-e426-3a74-a327-c29fdf98e81c

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41945982

https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/r-v-richards-and-others.pdf

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/11/old-etonian-son-judge-jailed-five-years-role-100m-celebrity/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4307208/Judge-s-son-lured-celebrities-record-100m-tax-scam.html

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/judge-s-son-swindled-celebrities-in-100m-eco-research-tax-scam-d96fffnfx