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At Steeles Law, we have a specialist team of lawyers skilled in dealing with HMRC claims, in particular detentions, seizures and VAT and Duty Appeals. We provide advice to importers and exporters of all types and sizes and have experience in resolving many types of customs and trade matters. We have a particular emphasis in the alcohol industry.

We regularly act in appeals against detentions and subsequent seizures by way of:

  • condemnation proceedings
  • appealing duty drawback rejected claims
  • taking the necessary steps to secure the release of goods
  • successfully reducing assessments of VAT and excise duty and achieving the withdrawal of assessments altogether
  • judicial reviews and injunctions

We have seen a rapid increase of instructions on the back of recent successes, including securing urgent instructions for the release of goods and successfully appealing a VAT assessment of £780,000.00.

The team acts for a number of UK and international businesses in dispute with HMRC (Customs) including French hauliers, UK and European suppliers and wholesalers.

We appreciate that potential issues relating to Customs can take place at any time. Our team is available outside of normal office hours and is able to offer immediate pragmatic and practical advice to help manage the situation and limit the potential damage to your business.

Please contact us for further advice or details of our out of hours service.

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