Ian Whitehurst instructed on two large scale VAT fraud confiscations

January 17, 2020

Ian Whitehurst from Exchange Chambers has been instructed in two large scale VAT fraud confiscations by Adrian Williams from Forbes Solicitors relating to cases where orders are being sought in the region of £2.5 million and £750,000 respectively.

Both cases involve issues surrounding the calculation of the criminal benefit figure, the determination of third party interests of family members and the complicated issue of hidden assets being ascribed to the Defendants.

Ian Whitehurst was not trial counsel but was instructed due to the complexity of the issues involved in both matters.

The instructions are based after a successful year last year for Ian and Forbes’ Adrian Williams after they secured leave to appeal from a court presided over by the Lord Chief Justice against a confiscation order imposed in a multi handed drugs conspiracy. The full appeal is to be heard shortly and relates principally to the approach to be taken in assessing the criminal benefit figure of defendants playing lesser roles in larger conspiracies.

Ian Whitehurst is a member of the criminal and fraud department at Exchange Chambers.

Ian is a highly regarded and sought after Leading Junior in Crime and has been recognised as such for several years in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.