Barrister convicted of VAT fraud

A barrister has been convicted of tax fraud after he failed to pay more than £48,000 in VAT.

Howard Sydney Bradshaw, a self-employed barrister of Chorlton, Manchester, received a suspended jail sentence on 19 July, plus a 200 hours community work order, HMRC said.

HMRC investigators found he hadn’t declared his income or paid VAT for three years. Bradshaw, who practiced on the Northern circuit, pocketed the VAT paid by his clients and instead spent the cash on his private lifestyle.

Bradshaw effectively became a...

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