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Jun 11, 2013 June 2013 - Byrne and Partners successfully defend bookkeeper accused of film tax credit and tax fraud conspiracy. On 4 June 2013 a jury considering two counts of conspiracy (to defraud the Revenue and to evade tax) returned unanimously not guilty verdicts in respect of our client and two others so accused. They convicted a further defendant, the film producer, on the second count (VAT) and, the following day, acquitted this defendant of the alleged film tax credit fraud. Their single conviction was a somewhat Pyrrhic victory for HMRC and particularly their Film Tax Credit unit who, in the words of counsel, should hold their heads in shame about the way they treated our client throughout the investigation. ... Read More
May 16, 2013 Joanna Pacifico promoted to the partnership in the Criminal/Regulatory Fraud team We are delighted to announce that Joanna Pacifico has been promoted to the partnership in the Criminal/Regulatory Fraud team. Joanna was a founding lawyer of Byrne and Partners in 2003 and has over 15 years experience in defending serious and complex fraud investigations and proceedings brought by the SFO, FCA, Specialist Crimework Directorate, HMRC and OFT. We congratulate Joanna with this promotion and wish her all success as a partner in our Criminal/Regulatory Fraud Team. For more information please contact Michael Potts on 0207 842 1616. ... Read More
Nov 8, 2012 Byrne and Partners acted in the successful defence of John Bailey Byrne and Partners acted in the successful defence of John Bailey, a former partner in Collyer Bristow in the Innovator litigation: Andrew Brown –v- InnovatorOne and others. The trial was heard over 16 weeks and the claim included allegations under FSMA 2000 and professional negligence and dishonest assistance. ... Read More
Sep 30, 2011 Customs act unlawfully on refusing repayment of duty The firm acted successfully on behalf of its client Europlus Trading Limited in an action against HM Revenue and Customs.  Europlus exported duty paid goods to Europe and sought to recover that duty.  HMRC unilaterally, as the First Tier Tax Tribunal has found, changed is policy under the duty draw back regime infringing both Europlus’ European Community rights and the Company’s Human Rights.  Accordingly HMRC has been ordered to pay the company’s claims in full together with its legal costs.  Full details are available from Andrew Benson. ... Read More
Sep 29, 2011 28-29 June 2011 – Alastair Shaw at English Law Week in Moscow Byrne and Partners’ Alastair Shaw spoke on “Civil Fraud in the English Courts” during the inaugural English Law Week in Moscow. The event was co-sponsored by Byrne and Partners LLP and was hosted by the British Embassy in Moscow, the Bar Council of England and Wales, the Law Society of England and Wales, the British Russian Law Association and the Anglo Russian Law Association. This high profile event, held in conjunction with the Lord Mayor of the City of London’s official visit to Moscow, was attended by the UK Ambassador to Russia, the Lord Mayor of the City of ... Read More
Jun 30, 2011 23 June 2011 – Nicola Boulton speaks at the AML Annual Conference Nicola Boulton spoke on dealing with predicate offences, civil liability and regulatory sanctions at the Anti-Money Laundering Annual Conference in London on 23 June 2011. The conference, hosted by the Law Society, was attended by over 100 delegates. A full program of the day’s events can be found here. ... Read More
Jun 30, 2011 23 June 2011 - Alastair Shaw gives a seminar on “The International Work of Solicitors” Alastair gave the seminar at the Legal Services Industry Briefing Course for visiting British Embassy Commercial Officers based overseas (from countries including Brazil, China, Nigeria, Qatar, UAE, USA and others) which forms part of their training to promote the UK. The event took place at the Bar Council of England & Wales and was organized by the Bar Council and Law Society International Division as represented part of the Financial Services Industry Briefing Course programme (20-24 June 2011) organized by UKTI, TheCityUK and The City of London. ... Read More
Jun 7, 2011 26 May 2011 – Byrne and Partners LLP at British-Kazakh Law Association Seminar in Almaty Byrne and Partners LLP co-sponsored the “Concluding Transactions & Resolving Disputes Under English and Kazakh Law” seminar held in Almaty. Alastair Shaw, a committee member of the British-Kazakh Law Association, spoke on the subject of litigating commercial disputes in England and Kazakhstan. The event, also attended by Matthew Frankland, was held by the British-Kazakh Law Association and the British Embassy in Astana. Read more about the seminar ... Read More
Jun 7, 2011 16 May 2011 - London Legal Walk Byrne and Partners took part in the 7th Annual London Legal sponsored walk on 16 May 2011. 20 members of the firm set out on the 10 km walk through London, which was led by the Lord Chief Justice, the President of the Law Society and the Master of the Rolls. Together, over 5,500 walkers from the legal profession raised over £460,000 for the London Legal Support Trust, which funds Law Centres and pro bono agencies in and around London. The Byrne and Partners’ team effort was generously sponsored by many friends and contacts of the firm. ... Read More