Rohan Anthony Pershad QC accused of £600,000 VAT fraud

A London barrister is to face charges of failing to pay £600,000 in tax.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Rohan Anthony Pershad QC is to be prosecuted for not paying VAT between June 1999 and September 2011.

It is alleged he knowingly failed to declare VAT payments for which he charged on services he provided while working as a barrister.

Mr Pershad has been summoned to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court next Thursday.

After being called to the bar in 1991, Mr Pershad was made a QC in 2011. He works at 39 Essex Street chambers in central London.

The barrister has dealt with criminal negligence claims as well as personal injury cases, including defending a claim by a worker on a cruise ship attacked by Somali pirates.

Keri Ashworth-Beaumont from the CPS's fraud division said: "The evidence suggests that he charged and received VAT payments on services he provided whilst practising as a barrister, but which he knowingly failed to declare or pay to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

"After careful consideration of all the evidence, I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case."

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