Rainer Hughes

HMRC & Vat Investigations

HMRC investigations take up valuable resources and put you and your business at risk

Our team can conduct legal compliance reviews, investigations and audits and where possible advise clients on how best to take pre-emptive steps to ensure that they comply with the ever changing UK, EU and international trade laws and regulations.

We can help you prepare for HMRC disputes in advance and defend your company when they arise.

We appreciate that potential issues relating to Customs related matters can take place at any time. Our team is available outside of normal office hours and is able to offer immediate pragmatic and practical advice to help manage the situation and limit the potential damage to your business. We offer on-site assistance during HMRC visits should the need arise.

Rainer Hughes has dealt with a massive number of VAT investigations and cases involving fraudulent VAT reclaims or refund application. These are often referred to as carousel or MTIC ( Missing Trade Intra Community ) fraud. The cases we have worked on have resulted in complex prosecutions involving lengthy trials and considerable costs.  

We are here to protect our clients’ legitimate interests and ensure businesses remain operational and unaffected whenever HMRC suspects fraud. Even a routine VAT inspection can lead to full tax investigations that cover all aspects of a business tax affairs. In some cases, HMRC will commence Criminal Tax investigations. Rainer Hughes is unique in its ability to deal with these types of cases. If you are subject to any type of enquiry, please contact us for advice and our VAT law team will be happy to assist.

Key Experience

Successfully acted for a Premier League football club in relation to an enquiry by HMRC.

Rainer Hughes has represented multiple retailers in obtaining temporary approval, following the refusal of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) by HMRC.

Successfully brought matters to the Tax tribunal where clients have been wrongly assessed for their Tax liability.

Acted for a large SME in appealing an unlawful warrant to seize assets, enabling the business to recover and continue trading.