HMRC and UK Border Force

Rogers & Norton have a Specialist Team handling HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) claims, in particular relating to the detention of goods, seizure of goods, VAT assessments and adverse decisions.

HMRC and UK Border Force

Specialist HMRC and UK Border Force Solicitor

Peter Hastings is a recognised leader and specialist dealing with disputes, litigation, claims and injunctions against HMRC and UK Border Force. He has been the lead Partner in many insolvency related matters involving HMRC, ranging from £10,000 to multi-million pound claims.

We have a wide experience in dealing with detentions, stoppages and the seizure of goods by UK Border Force. The team deals with the worldwide importation of goods to the UK, including the huge market from China. We work with clients who want goods restored at all major ports of entry, such as Felixstowe and London Gateway, together with Stansted, Gatwick & Heathrow.

We have a strong understanding of Border Force systems and can act quickly and decisively to support our clients in getting their goods restored.

We have considerable experience of handling HMRC tax investigations and tax disputes and act on behalf of both companies and individuals. Our in-depth procedural and regulatory knowledge of the tax system enables us to advise on the strategy and procedures for negotiating settlements with HMRC and the process for conducting tax-related litigation and investigations.

We can also assist with issues arising for importers and exporters on any Coding, Duty and VAT issues.

  • Accelerated Payment Notice (APN) advice
  • Advising and assisting on the revocation of Alcohol Wholesaler Registration claims and reinstatement including Due Diligence issues, Appeals, Judicial Review and Injunction
  • Advising under Section 77 of the Customs & Excise Management Act 1979
  • Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) – appeals regarding the importation of restricted goods
  • Appealing Rejected Duty Drawback claims
  • Carousel & Missing Trader Fraud (MITC)
  • Condemnation proceedings
  • Customs Duties and Inland Revenue matters
  • Detentions, stoppages and seizure of goods by the UK Border Force
  • Disclosure & Legal Privilege issues
  • Economic loss claims (including loss of profit)
  • Excise Duty Assessments and Appeals
  • Fraud
  • HMRC raids and investigations
  • Human Rights issues
  • Injunctions (including urgent injunctions)
  • Insolvency
  • Judicial reviews (including claims for the urgent release of goods and damages for unlawful detentions, and injunctions)
  • Medical Regulatory Health Authority – The illegal import of drugs into the UK
  • Money Laundering issues
  • Movement and Board Guarantees (including Board applications)
  • Restoration claims
  • Reviewing assessments and achieving the withdrawal of assessments
  • Supply or import Nitrous Oxide for personal use under the Psychoactive Substance Act 2016
  • Trading Standards investigations
  • UK/EC Customs duties & VAT issues
  • VAT Assessments and Appeals
  • VAT Returns and Payment issues

HMRC Insolvency Claims

If you have been threatened by HMRC with the seizure of goods, been served with a statutory demand, bankruptcy or winding up petition, or service of a Notice seeking Security for VAT, PAYE and NICS, we can assist you. We are experienced at advising on all such insolvency matters including opposing statutory demands, bankruptcy petitions, the annulment of bankruptcy orders, opposing winding up petitions and seeking an injunction to refrain the advertisement of a petition, negotiations with HMRC, and challenging Notices seeking security issued under paragraph 4 (2) (a) of Schedule 11 to the Value Added Tax Act 1994.

Our team is experienced in both the County and High Courts together with the First Tier Tax Tribunal. We will also advise you as to your directors duties and responsibilities.

London Meeting Facilities

We are also able to offer Central London meeting facilities for your convenience.
The workspace is ideally located a short walking distance from Liverpool Street Station and very close to Farringdon station, which offers excellent connections for London Underground and mainline train services.


What our clients say

  • Dear Peter

    I think the congratulations should go to you because without your help and guidance I’m not sure that I would have got this far. I was very happy with the result and it definitely allowed me to enjoy my weekend.

    Once again thanks for all your great help and support in reaching a satisfactory conclusion.

    Mr A.

    Peter Hastings
  • I was very pleased with the excellent letter and service you provided for me and will not hesitate to come back should I need to.

    Mrs P. / Norfolk

    Elizabeth Gibson
  • Thank you for all your assistance and advice this year on what proved to my eyes a difficult case. Mrs J and I are so relieved above all to get our lives back and we are looking forward to a happy Christmas.

    Mr J.

    Peter Hastings
  • Excellent result – I recommend you anytime !!


    Peter Hastings
  • I would also just like to thank you for all your past assistance and expertise in relation to this issue

    Ms. P

    Elizabeth Gibson
  • If I ever need anyone to fight my corner in the Corporate world, you will be the first to hear about it. Very many thanks for your remarkably swift and positive approach to the whole thing.


    Peter Hastings
  • Just a quick e-mail to say how much we appreciate all the hard work you put in on our behalf over the past 10 months on our complicated case, including your help with the Bank and dealing with our opponent. Your efforts were brilliant. I would have caved in if not for you. We are very pleased with the result.

    If we ever have need for a solicitor, we will definitely use yourself/Rogers and Norton and recommend you.


    Peter Hastings
  • I’m really grateful for the help, support and guidance that Peter gave me throughout the High Court defamation claim, his tenacity and focus meant that I secured a successful outcome quickly and removed the stress and costs that would have been involved.


    Peter Hastings
  • Thank you very much indeed for your efforts on my behalf at the Court yesterday. You did an excellent job and I am very grateful. The court order that you obtained at very short notice is a source of considerable relief to me.

    Mr. C

    Peter Hastings
  • You have done an amazing job thank you so much.

    Mrs C. Norwich

    Elizabeth Gibson
  • Again – deep appreciation of your help!

    V & N / Norfolk

    Peter Hastings
  • Thank you for the time and effort you have put in to this – it was important to me to get some form of acknowledgement of what was due.

    Mr A. Norwich

    Peter Hastings
  • I trust your judgement and am just sorry we didn’t approach you in the first place.

    L. Norwich

    Elizabeth Gibson
  • When dealing with serious issues involving HMRC it is crucial to take legal advice as soon as possible. Peter Hastings vast experience of handing tax investigations and disputes proved invaluable at a very difficult time. With his support and expertise we achieved the best possible outcome.

    Mr CB

    Peter Hastings

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