QC accused in VAT fraud case

Elizabeth Fournier
A SENIOR London barrister was yesterday accused of failing to pay £600,000 in tax.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is prosecuting Rohan Pershad QC, of 39 Essex Street chambers, for unpaid VAT between 1 June 1999 and 24 September 2011 – taxes charged on services he provided as a barrister.

Pershad, who was only made a QC last year, will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court next Thursday.

In a statement he said: “The CPS has issued this summons while I am still providing HMRC and the CPS with further information and representations setting out why I am not guilty of any offence.”