Fraud & Financial Crime


Ashman Fraud Solicitors‘ expertise include the provision of legal aid for fraud and financial crime cases involving MTIC-VAT fraud. MTIC stands for Missing Trader Intra-Community. It consists in the abuse of VAT rules on transactions performed across different countries within the European Union. This becomes possible since VAT is not chargeable on this type of transactions. A specific type of missing trader fraud is often referred as Carousel fraud.

What Is Carousel MTIC Fraud?

It is complicated to explain, but essentially

  • Company 1 (registered for VAT in UK) will buy products from a supplier in the EU. Then these goods will be zero rated for VAT as this is allowed as a transaction between two VAT registered companies in Europe, called ‘an intra community transaction’.
  • Company 1 will then sell on the goods including VAT to another company in the UK. We’ll call them Company 2.
  • Company 2 will sell on the goods again, including VAT to Company 3.
  • Company 3 will then sell on the goods again, including VAT, to Company 4. Who then sells the goods back to Company 1, and the whole process begins again.

Company 1 is the missing trader in this scenario, and companies 2, 3 and 4 may not be part of the fraud. Carousel MTIC is a complex fraud which is undertaken with a number of different companies involved. Whilst all of the companies may not be complicit in the fraud, there will need to be thorough investigation carried out and this could have a negative impact on your business. Even if your business is actually involved or not. Being questioned or charged with Carousel MTIC fraud will be worrying and stressful for you. However we can help you to understand exactly what charges you are facing and what your next steps should be. MTIC-VAT fraud

How Can Ashmans Solicitors Help?

You are facing serious fraud charges but we can help you to be clear about what these charges are. Furthermore how they will impact you and what they may mean for your future and that of your business too. A number of different agencies will be involved in investigating you and your business. This is why it is extremely important to seek advice from an experienced criminal fraud defence solicitor as early as possible. When you are at the police station being questioned, you are entitled to request free and independent legal advice from a solicitor of your choice. So you should stop immediately and pick up the phone to call on 03330 096 275.

We are an experienced and professional team of criminal fraud defence solicitors. We  have been working hard to build the reputation we now have as being one of the leading fraud defence solicitors. We will use all of our experience and skills when defending you against the charges you are facing. Whilst you may have concerns about the cost of hiring a solicitor, you may qualify for legal aid. This is now means tested. If not, we will be clear and up front about our fees and our rates are very competitive. Don’t leave your future to chance, call our Financial Fraud Solicitors  today so we can discuss how we can help you

Why Choose Us for MTIC-VAT?

Whether your legal problem is relating to fraud, criminal law, motoring offences or personal injury, we can help and there are a number of reasons why you should choose us.

  • We have specialist Fraud Defence solicitors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So no matter when you need us, we can be there to give you the expert advice you need.
  • Once you have instructed us we will select an experienced barrister. Who will based nearby, and arrange a conference with them so you can be clear about your prospects
  • Ashmans Solicitors has built a reputation as a leading criminal fraud defence practice. Which means that we can put all of our experience behind you and make sure that we get you the best possible outcome. Whatever fraud charges you are facing
  • Because we have nationwide coverage, it doesn’t matter where you are in England or Wales, we can help you
  • By being meticulous and not leaving any stone unturned when preparing your case. Then we are more likely to find anything which may mitigate your charges and help your case
  • If you are facing Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings following a conviction for fraud we will be able to help you to reduce the impact on you and your family using our skilled team to prepare for the hearing.

VAT Fraud Solicitors London

Some accusations of fraud will require the expert advice and defence of our team of VAT fraud solicitors in London in order to get the best possible outcome.

VAT Fraud (like many cases involving financial fraud) can be very complex, being effectively a form a tax evasion which often takes expert knowledge to both prosecute against and to therefore defend. With most cases of VAT Fraud being pursued by the government, you can bet that the prosecution will have their own experts, so picking the right specialist team of VAT fraud solicitors from across London could prove vital to any effective defence.

Value-added-tax is charged on every purchase and companies that are VAT registered must pay this tax to the government so it can provide public services.

When somebody is accused of VAT fraud it means that somebody believes (with or without evidence) that a company has avoided paying their VAT to the government in order to make an illegal profit.

In the UK, it is the HMRC that is responsible for investigating and usually prosecuting companies or individuals for VAT fraud, and cases are defended by VAT fraud solicitors like the team at Ashmans Solicitors in London.

If you have been accused of VAT or fraud or feel you may be accused in the future, act now to receive expert advice on what to do next to help mitigate the threats of prosecution and damage to your reputation by calling out team on 0333 009 6275.

Ashmans Solicitors provides defence for MTIC-VAT fraud cases

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Why Choose Us for your Fraud and Financial Crime case?

  • We are ranked as a leading firm in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500 – one of the foremost guides to law firms in the United Kingdom.
  • We have specialist Fraud and Financial Crime Defence solicitors available 24/7.
  • We are always on hand to give you the expert advice that you need.
  • Once you have instructed us, we will select an experienced barrister, who is based locally to you. We will arrange a conference with them, so that you can be clear about your prospects.
  • Ashmans Solicitors has built a reputation as a leading criminal fraud defence practice, which means that we can put all of our experience behind you, making sure that we get you the best possible outcome – whatever fraud charges you are facing.
  • We cover the whole of England and Wales – so that we can fully support you at a local level.
  • We pride ourselves on finding often-missed opportunities that will mitigate your charges and help your case.
  • If you are facing Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings following a conviction for fraud, we will be able to help you reduce the impact that this will have on you and your family. We do this by engaging our skilled team to prepare you for the hearing.
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