Even tax evaders should have competent tax advice: James Shepherd v Byrne & Partners LLP


Hugh Jackson and Justina Stewart achieve success for the claimant in a complex professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors for tax advice on disclosure to HMRC of undeclared offshore income.  They succeeded despite (1) the Claimant’s admitted dishonesty by evading his tax liabilities over many years and on a significant scale, (2) this dishonesty being aggravated by attempts to repatriate those undeclared earnings to the UK over several years by raising false invoices, and (3) the retainer of further tax consultants during the currency of the Defendant’s retainer, leading to reliance issues. The judgment is now reported on Westlaw: [2017] EWHC 758