Wigg & Co - legal aid for business
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Business people may now
be able to claim Legal Aid to defend themselves against investigations
by Customs and Excise. Under the Human Rights Act such investigations
are deemed to be criminal rather than civil and therefore entitle the
Defendant to the "right to a fair trial".
Fair trial provisions mean that where the tax payer is unable to pay for
their own legal defence they may be entitled to Legal Aid. See Han and
Yaw -v- Commissioners of Customs & Excise in which the Court of
Appeal ruled that an investigation into alleged evasion of VAT should be
treated as a criminal inquiry and have the benefit of the rights
provided by the European Convention on Human Rights previously people
who wanted to defend themselves against investigations by Customs &
Excise had to pay thousands of pounds.
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