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Simon Sutcliffe


Customs & Excise Duty

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+44 (0)20 7544 8981

At Blick Rothenberg we are not shy of having a distinct opinion on professional matters, rather than simply sitting on the fence.

I specialise in advising corporate and private clients on their customs and excise duty liabilities and advising on utilising the various customs regimes to maximum effect to benefit their business.

I joined Blick Rothenberg in September 2017 and have over 30 years of practical law enforcement, intelligence and customs experience at senior level within the police, customs and professional services, acting across the customs and excise regimes.

I have particular expertise in providing clients with specialist technical advice in relation to the import and export of goods from the UK/EU and the rest of the world.

One of the things I love most about my role here at Blick Rothenberg, is the fact that the firm displays a focus and drive on delivering expert and bespoke advice with a regard for value for money for all clients, regardless of their size.

Not only this, as a firm, we are not shy of encouraging advisors to have a distinct opinion on professional matters, rather than simply sitting on the fence.

Specialist areas

Bespoke advice on Customs Special Procedures such as Inward and Outward Processing, the excise and customs warehousing regimes, and Authorised Economic Operator (AEO).
Additionally, the accurate classification of goods and the customs tariff, customs valuation methods, CFSP, Authorised Consignee/Consignor, Transfer of Residence Relief, Transit and the registration requirements for various HMRC regimes and reliefs.

Sector specialisms include pharmaceuticals, textiles, tobacco and technology, with specialist expertise in the movements of alcohol.

Services covered

Qualifications and positions of note

Part of the SIBA (Small Independent Brewers Association) Business and Legal team

I am based at

Covent Garden

07 May 2020

VAT changes proposed from 1 January 2021 for consumer sales purchased from overseas sellers

HMRC has announced that it will abolish the LVCR with effect from 1 January 2021.

02 April 2020

Customs Duty and VAT stopped on urgent medical equipment

The Government's suspension of import duty on Personal Protection Equipment and chemicals for test kit manufacture is welcome but overdue.

10 March 2020

Choosing the ‘wrong’ INCOTERMS post-transition

Alongside the future trading relationship between the EU and the UK, another important consideration for companies is the choice of INCOTERMS.