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Simon Sutcliffe


Simon specialises in customs and excise duties and indirect tax with a particular emphasis on advisory, investigations and dispute resolution.

Simon has nearly 30 years of law enforcement, intelligence and customs experience at senior levels within the police, customs and professional services, he has led large civil litigation cases in the Tax Tribunal on behalf of clients and advised on such diverse areas as customs valuation, accusations of diversion and mis-declaration and penalties, customs and excise warehousing regimes, the importation and exportation of many products especially alcohol and tobacco and also the detention, seizure and restoration of goods.

His expertise also extends to bespoke advisory services on the customs tariff, the classification of goods and services and the registration requirements for various HMRC importation regimes and reliefs and the potential impact of Brexit on those regimes. Additionally, he advises clients who are in dispute with UK and overseas customs authorities and law enforcement agencies.

Having lived and worked overseas, often operating in both difficult political and economic environments, latterly South Africa, he has expertise in strategic, tactical and operational intelligence and law enforcement in the international arena.