May 27, 2017

What is UK Carousel Fraud?

Formally called Missing Trader Intra Community (MTIC) VAT Fraud, Carousel Fraud can be a complex to understand due to the financial technicalities, speed and scale at which a Carousel Fraud offence is conducted. A diluted form of Carousel Fraud is acquisition fraud which takes place when a product is imported VAT free from abroad and then sold on to someone in the UK with VAT. The VAT owed to the government is then not paid with the seller usually disappearing. Carousel Fraud is estimated to cost up to £14 billion per annum Carousel Fraud occurs as a more complex form of...
May 18, 2017

Grooming Offences Rotherham and the Alexis Jay Report

This week it was announced that the police watchdog will be investigating complaints against officers in Rotherham in response to the grooming scandal. This follows the report initiated by Rotherham Borough Council led by Professor Alexis Jay back in August 2014. The report led to a national outcry, and led to Rotherham Borough Council leader Roger Stone stepping down immediately. There were calls for South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright to step down following the report. Commissioner Wright initially refused, but later resigned from his post in September. This was after he faced questions regarding the scale of...
May 18, 2017

Sentencing sex offences: lessons from Max Clifford

Disgraced publicist Max Clifford has lost his appeal against sentence for historical sex offences – with salutary lessons for those whose conduct is unacceptable during and after a trial.  The criminal defence team at Qamar Solicitors is experienced in defending individuals charged with sex offences, whether involving alleged historical or recent sex offences. Max Clifford – What was the issue? Clifford was sentenced to eight years in prison following conviction for eight counts of indecent assault that took place between 1977 and 1984.  He appealed, arguing that the sentence was manifestly excessive on the basis that at the time the...
May 04, 2017

Fraudster living in Huddersfield sentenced to over 5 years in prison

A 48­ year ­old man, whose last known address was in Brighouse, has been sentenced to five years, ten months in prison after being convicted of council tax fraud. Jack Darrell Henry, is a serial fraudster, who masterminded a council tax fraud that got customers to part with money in the belief they would get a wholesome tax rebate for changing the council tax banding on their property. Many of the people conned in the scam were elderly; Henry often targeted vulnerable people who he could persuade into parting with their money. Customers were either cold called or given leaflets...
April 20, 2017

New Speeding Laws Coming Into Effect

From April 2017 England and Wales will be seeing a change in speeding laws. The crackdown on excessive speeding whilst driving will see an increase in the maximum penalty and a change in the way that your penalty is calculated based upon the severity of speeding and your earnings. All of the changes made to the UK’s driving laws, in particular, the speeding laws, have been made to protect road user’s safety by hitting offenders harder and thereby reduce the likeliness of a repeat offence. The Specifics to The New Speeding Laws  Currently, in the UK, speeding fines have a...
April 10, 2017

Littering as shameful as Drink Driving

Today in the news the Times and Telegraph report that Littering must be made as shameful as drink driving As Drink Driving Solicitors we see many cases, where clients are over the limit and facing losing their drivers licence for being caught drink driving.  Today’s news has been linked to the topic of Driving whilst drunk in charge of a vehicle. Due to the councils spending over 1 billion pounds a year which is considered a waste of council payers money that could be spent on other things, there is demand for a crackdown. This is not the first time...
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