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 specialises in customs and excise duties with a particular emphasis on technical advisory for clients wishing to import into and export from the UK/EU and the rest of the world.  

His expertise extends to bespoke customs and excise duty advisory services on customs special procedures, international trade, CPEI and regimes such as Inward and Outward Processing, the excise and customs warehousing regimes, Authorised Economic Operator ("AEO"), the accurate classification of goods and the customs tariff and the registration requirements for various HMRC regimes and reliefs. He advises on the potential impact of Brexit on those customs regimes and potential real-world solutions and preparations for the UK’s EU withdrawal. He also advises on such diverse areas as customs valuation, customs and excise warehousing regimes, the efficient and cost-effective importation and exportation of many products including sectors such as pharmaceuticals, textiles, alcohol, tobacco and technology.

He leads large civil litigation cases in the Tax Tribunal on behalf of clients who were in dispute with HM Revenue & Customs and has advised on disputes with other international fiscal authorities.

Additionally, Simon is the excise duty specialist forming part of the SIBA ( "Small Independent Brewers Association") Business and Legal team.

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