Name: Shahid Miah
T: 0844 842 5525
Partner & Senior Solicitor
Shahid has an excellent reputation as a leading expert in the field of Serious Fraud, Corporate Crime, Civil Tax Investigations/assesments, and Civil Asset Recovery proceedings before the High Court. Recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a key individual he has acted for a number of high profile individuals, as well as successfully defending Company Directors, Accountants, and Solicitors in various investigations.
Shahid specialises in all aspects of Restraint and Confiscation proceedings, defending those accused of benefiting from proceeds of crime and possessing hidden assets. He has successfuly argued against convictions for Money Laundering including at the Court of Appeal, in the leading case of R -v- Akhtar, which defined “Criminal Property” in Confiscation proceedings.
Other confiscation cases before the Court of Appeal include R -v- Bhanji on the subject of defendants “absence in confiscation proceedings” and currently R -v- Rajput on the subject of “Particular Benefit”. Recently Shahid has experience has moved to acting in extradition matters and he has sucessfully defended a European Arrest Warrant at the High Court issued by the Netherlands. He currently acts in a high profile international arrest warrant involving the request by the UK tax authorities of a Dubai based individual. Shahid has extensive experience in VAT (MTIC) and tax fraud cases of all kinds. His expertise extends to First and Upper Tax Tribunal and is currently acting for businesses in civil VAT and Excise Duty Appeals.
Notable cases involving International Dimension
R -v- Ebrahim Sodha (“Operation Euripus”) – successfully defended a Hong Kong base business man accused of involvement in a £250 million VAT Carousel fraud described as one of the largest MTIC frauds ever prosecuted. Cross Border defence enquiries involved Hong King, China and Philippenes.
R -v- Nasir Khan (“Operation Euripus trial 5″) - Mr Khan, a fomer 2003 Times Rich List invidual accused of Money Laundering from the proceeds of multi million VAT fraud - defence enquries involved Dubai, Spain, Gibralter, Hong Kong, China, Carribean
R -v- K - defended the owner of a £59 million a year money exchange business accused of money laundering, who later received a supervision order, this case involved enquiries with various financial institutions, in Islamad, Lahore and Karachi.
R –v Sanjay Dhar – sucesfully defending a business man from a European Arrest Warrant (EWA), alleged to be a key figure in a money laundering conspiracy within the Netherlands. this case involved the issue of “Dual Criminality” and EWA failing in that regard as well as being invalid due to pocedural errors.
R – v J - currently acting for Dubai based individual accused of £400 million VAT fraud in respect of a UK arrest warrant.
Other Notable cases:
R -v- Natalie Warrington (Operation Fast back”)- successfully defended a company secretary in a £300 million VAT fraud.
R -v- Alfred Namutulo – acted for an Chartered Accountant in respect of a £20 million Construction Industry fraud involving abuse of a tax scheme known as ”dispensation”.
R -v- Urfan Akhtar - successfully defended a mortgage broker in Money Laundering allegations.
R -v- M – acted for a high networth business man in a fraud involving an Indivual Learning Account scheme introduced by the Labour Government as part of their initiative to expand Educational activities.