The Withers Group Tax Case is led by nationally recognised tax lawyers fully backed by group action specialists Litigation Management Limited.
Here are the key players:
Roberto Moruzzi, Partner, Withers
Roberto is experienced in dealing with commercial litigation and arbitration involving international and domestic contractual disputes, mis-selling claims, fraud and asset tracing, restructuring, partnership and shareholder disputes, loan recoveries and debt collection. He is head of the Insolvency Group at Withers, advising Insolvency Practitioners and directors of distressed companies as well as creditors.
Roberto has been variously quoted in Chambers and the Legal 500 as ‘a very good lawyer who takes advantage of his international connections’ and ‘quite superb’ and has regularly obtained a ‘Leader in the field’ ranking.
His clients include Lotus Fl Team Limited (formerly Renault Formula 1), Queens Park Rangers Football Club, State Bank of India, The Duferco Group, Vivienne Westwood Limited, Society Esplosivi Industriali Spa, Elite Model Management & Elite Model Look, Beta Skye SpA, Finint UK Limited, Cipriani International SA, Hesco Bastion Limited, and various firms of insolvency practitioners.
Tessa Lorimer, Special Counsel, Withers
Tessa is a barrister who specialises in both civil and criminal tax fraud investigations and litigation conducted by the Special Investigation and Criminal Investigation departments of HMRC. Tessa has extensive experience in advising the Board of the former Inland Revenue, Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office as well as HMRC and SOCA (now NCA) relation to their most complex direct and indirect tax investigations and prosecutions, as well as money laundering, organised / white collar crime, and regulatory offences.
Tessa specialises in representing both companies and individuals who are subject to civil and criminal, direct and indirect tax fraud investigations and litigation, as well as defending white collar crime and regulatory offences.
In private practice, Tessa has represented a number of sophisticated investors, including traders and hedge fund managers who have been investigated by HMRC under both criminal and civil investigation of fraud, including investigations arising out of HMRC’s criminal investigation into Montpelier tax consultants. She is also advising a client who has been raided by HMRC using their criminal powers and clients who have promoted high risk investments which have come to the attention of HMRC.
On behalf of HMRC, Tessa has advised on the prosecution of numerous defendants who have been suspected of committing tax fraud. Most recently she advised on the international investigation and prosecution of the promoters of a marketed tax avoidance scheme involving tax breaks available to investors in the film industry. She also advised on the investigation and prosecution of 13 defendants (two trials) in a multi-million pound international MTIC VAT carousel fraud and related money-laundering operation based in Scotland as part of Operations Vex and Thorn.
Ben Hawkins, Managing Director, Litigation Management Limited
Ben Hawkins is a solicitor with an LLB degree. Having practised as a litigation solicitor for six years, he was a pioneer of after the event insurance, launching DAS’ ATE Insurance division (previously 80e) in 2000. He has subsequently enjoyed success developing innovative solutions for the legal profession, notably with Composite Legal Expenses (funded solutions for personal injury claims), Shop4Law (internet marketing) and LexisNexis (information and software solutions). He joined A2J as Director in April 2010 and has led the expansion of LML’s management activities since January 2013.