Barrister accused of dodging £210,000 VAT bill cleared by Old Bailey
01 June 2012
A barrister has been cleared of failing to pay £210,000 in VAT.
Andrew Hill, 51, was acquitted by a jury at the Old Bailey of one count of cheating the public revenue.
He was accused of failing to pay £210,000 in VAT between 2004 and 2011.
The court heard that during this time Hill owned two houses in Ealing, one of which was worth £777,000, as well as paying for private schooling for his children and going to restaurants and on holidays.
Hill paid the outstanding VAT after he was arrested and told the jury he was “not particularly minded about financial matters”.
He said: “I think that there are some things that I organise very well indeed, and there are other things that I just do not organise well at all.
“I’ve never looked at a bank statement, ever.”
Character witnesses including judges gave evidence as part of Mr Hill’s defence.
Speaking after he was cleared, the married father of two said: “It’s been a terrible time for my family and to a lesser extent for me.
“I re-paid all the money, I’ve got it organised for the future so there’s no reoccurrence of that which brought me here.”