Four business men including R H,  an accountant, were found not guilty of all charges of conspiracy to defraud in relation to a Sunderland based Taxreturngateway website, which prosecutors claimed was deliberately designed to deceive users into believing they were dealing directly with HMRC.

Hundreds of users complained to Trading Standards following a campaign by the Daily  Mail.

The trial had been scheduled to take place In September 2016, for three months but was adjourned until September 2017. See here for further information about the trial.

Michael Duck KC is The Leader of the Midland Circuit and both he and Daniel Oscroft are members of the Crime Group at No5. Counsel were instructed by Matt O’Brien and Ben Henry  of Jonas Roy Bloom solicitors.