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Tax investigations


Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors – Tax Investigations


Tax investigations cause immense stress to individuals and disruption to corporate taxpayers’ businesses and reputations.


Tax investigations are also expensive and may end in a criminal prosecution or considerable financial penalty.


HMRC investigations will be thorough and can be extremely disruptive to an individual or commercial business. The Inland Revenue can execute a warrant to search business premises, as well as investigating personal financial arrangements if there is any suspicion that these may be linked to tax fraud or money laundering.


Taking legal advice from a specialist tax solicitors can be crucial for ensuring a desirable outcome for a private taxpayer or commercial business facing an investigation by HMRC.


Duncan Lewis tax investigation solicitors are able to advise on how to negotiate with HMRC in cases where assets may be held offshore, including the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF) under which offshore investments can be declared as a voluntary disclosure before a tax investigation gets underway.


Our solicitors can liaise with agencies involved in fraud investigations, including:


  • City of London Police
  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • Federation Against Copyright Theft
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
  • Trading Standards


Duncan Lewis can advise on criminal tax avoidance schemes where there may be a high risk of prosecution by HMRC as well as VAT fraud related to a commercial business or sole trader under investigation for tax avoidance.


Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors – Our reputation for excellence


Duncan Lewis' Crime department has been recognised as a Top Tier and recommended criminal defence practice by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 edition for its General Crime and Fraud work.


Our fraud solicitors have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in tax investigation and financial fraud cases.


Our lawyers are able to represent clients at police stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and the Court of Appeal. The team also includes highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious fraud cases.


Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors – How to contact us


There are Duncan Lewis offices across England and Wales and our fraud lawyers can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to advise on fraud charges.


We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing financial fraud charges from the pre-investigation stage of a charge onwards, call us during office hours on 0333 772 0409 for expert legal advice on HMRC tax investigations and/or tax fraud.


For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 0333 772 0607.


Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors – When to contact us


We advise clients who are facing a tax investigation – or who wish to make a voluntary disclosure under the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility – to contact us as soon as possible.


Our fraud solicitors can advise even before a tax investigation is launched and a solicitor from our specialist fraud department can attend a police station fraud interview conducted by the police, Serious Fraud Office or HMRC.


Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors – Legal Aid & Private Client – Tax Investigations


Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services. Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances, our team can advise further on this at the initial client meeting.


In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, we offer competitively priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.


Call Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors to discuss an HMRC tax investigation – or tax fraud allegation or charges – on 0333 772 0409.


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