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'Film Tax Relief' Fraud Silk

Simon Bickler QC is leading James Lake as part of the defence team in the first prosecution by HMRC in relation to the new 'film tax credit' scheme.  

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This case was the first prosecution by HMRC in relation to the new 'film tax credit' scheme. Instructed by Cohen Cramer of Leeds, Simon Bickler QC and James Lake continue to represent the film maker in relation to fraud allegations relating to the feature film Eldorado.

The trial is set to conclude over the coming weeks.

Since being involved in this trial, we hear news of five people being charged in conection with another film industry tax relief fraud which, according to the Crown Prosecution Service, cost the public purse around £125 million.

The group allegedly abused a tax relief that allows investors in the British film industry to offset losses against other tax liabilities in order to cheat the public revenue.

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