Mr Andrew Bird, led by Mr Stephen Nathan QC of Blackstone Chambers, appears on behalf of the HMRC in this landmark case concerning the lawfulness of search warrants and the effect of a Judge’s failure to give reasons for issuing such warrants. 

The case involved an investigation by HMRC into Newcastle United Football Club and the tax treatment of payments made to football agents.

Lord Justice Beatson said the "warrants were lawfully issued" and dismissed the club's application for judicial review.

The full judgment can be viewed here.

Andrew Bird is a specialist in white collar crime, civil and criminal asset forfeiture, civil and public law proceedings regarding the criminal process. Ranked as a star Individual in Chambers and Partners in the fields of POCA work and asset forfeiture (all circuits) and ranked in Who's Who at the UK Bar in the field of criminal fraud work. He is appointed to the Attorney General's 'A' list panel for government work and acts in cases of the highest complexity.

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