21 December 2017 - Article
In R v Smith and Howarth*,* Tessa advised on the prosecution of two company directors who were prosecuted after making an incomplete disclosure to HMRC using the Offshore Disclosure Facility.
In *’*Operation Quittance,’ Tessa advised on the multimillion pound direct tax repayment fraud, committed from UK and Portugal.
Advised on a large multi million pound tax fraud case involving a string of newsagents and petrol stations in the north of England.
Advised a number of HNW individuals who have been the subject of COP9 investigations arising out of HMRC’s Montpelier tax investigations.
Advised a number of professionals arising out of HMRC’s investigation into Blackstar.
Advised potential defendants in relation to ongoing criminal enquiries.
Advised HMRC in respect of a multimillion pound marketed tax avoidance scheme which HMRC suspect is fraudulent.
In __ R v Van Laarhoven and others, Tessa advised HMRC in relation to a multi-million pound indirect tax MTIC fraud case with tax losses in excess of £80m.
Advising on a group action against advisors who miss-sold investments in marketed tax avoidance schemes to their clients.
In __ R v Meeson and others, Tessa advised on a £5 million pension fraud involving accountants who were acting as trustees and administrators of Pension schemes which were investigated by HMRC, FSA and the Pension Regulator.
Tessa advised on *’*Operation Undue,’ a very sensitive HMRC / SOCA money laundering case.
England and Wales, 1990
Tax Investigation Practitioners Group
Proliferation Security Initiative Operational Experts Group Conference, Athens
Me in a minute
I am able to guide clients in the best strategy to resolve their tax dispute
I was drawn into the world of tax investigations by a job description promising lots of overseas travel. In the event, I got no further than the Channel Islands during my first seven years with HMRC, but things have improved since then!
I spent 23 years working with the Inland Revenue, Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office and the Crown Prosecution Service prosecuting fraud cases, and specialising in tax fraud. The experience gained in these agencies gives a unique perspective to the advice I deliver to my clients, frequently helping them in very difficult circumstances. With a deep understanding of the anatomy of an investigation, I am able to guide clients in the best strategy to resolve their tax dispute with HMRC.
When I’m not grappling with a tax investigation matter, I am otherwise occupied as taxi-driver for my two children and umpire between our two Jack Russell dogs.
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