Barrister in court over £600,000 VAT bill

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London barrister Rohan Anthony Pershad QC has today (2 August) faced charges in court of failing to pay £600,000 in VAT.

Pershad was summoned to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court after being accused of cheating the public purse over a 12-year period.

Kingsley Napley partner Angus McBride represented Pershad in court and indicated that his client will plead "not guilty" to a charge of allegedly not declaring VAT on services.

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    By dstickl
    03rd Aug 2012 05:35

    @ robertlovell: "... a charge of allegedly ...", surely not?

    Hi robertlovell!     Surely the actual charge(s) laid before the court(s) do not include the word "allegedly", do they?     Reason: the summons should indicate the actual charge(s) that should be based on evidence that has been duly considered by CPS.

    QUESTION:   Is AWEB [or its helpful readers] able to provide full details of the actual wording(s) of these charge(s), or to indicate an appropriate link, please?

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    03rd Aug 2012 12:08

    CPS statement

    The CPS statement is HERE.


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    By dstickl
    03rd Aug 2012 14:43

    Thanks & I note: ... that nothing should be reported ...

    Thanks & I note:

    ... "Rohan Anthony Pershad has now been summonsed on a criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."

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    06th Aug 2012 11:25

    i am sure there is

    a very good reason why he failed to declare vat of £600,000...(its small change afterall) - can't wait to hear the explanation....i wonder if it will follow recent the enquiries where it appears high profile 'professionals' have forgotten, didn't realise or thought someone else was doing it......

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    By Johnty
    11th Feb 2013 16:53

    Strange that, wouldn’t you say?
    I find it amusing that Harry Redknapp is cleared of all tax avoidance when it is found that he has substantial funds in a bank account in his dog’s name, yet an ethnic minority origin QC is convicted despite thinking that his chambers paid the VAT (at 17.5%) due out of the circa. 22% it took from his fees.

    Strange that, wouldn’t you say?

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