Successful Defence Against Forfeiture of Funds by HMRC

Roksareh Vahid
David Burns

We are pleased to announce that, after a long running dispute, on 14 August 2020, HMRC withdrew its application for forfeiture of our client’s funds.

Our clients had received funds from Iran into their accounts through a money exchange company based in Iran and HMRC had frozen and sought forfeiture of all of the funds in the account. The funds had been frozen for about 12 months and the case was scheduled for a final hearing on 28 September 2020. However, HMRC withdrew its application today after we made representations and presented evidence on behalf of our client.

We have previously published an article regarding police investigations of bank accounts of Iranian nationals which receive funds from Iran. We have also published an article regarding the complexities of transferring funds from Iran to the UK. We have advised hundreds of British Iranians and we encourage Iranian nationals to read our articles and exercise great care whilst transferring funds from Iran to the UK.

Rokhsareh Vahid and David Burns acted for the clients.

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