19 April 2012
The High Court has confirmed a hearing should take place into the claim being brought by Leigh Day & Co on behalf of the activist group UK Uncut Legal Action against a decision taken by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs’ to allegedly let Goldman Sach off £10m worth of tax.
The hearing will take place on 13 June 2012
In light of a number of statements made by whistleblowers from within HMRC, UK Uncut has asked for the disclosure of a number of specific papers as part of its ongoing claim. But so far no substantive response has been received to these requests. The hearing in June is also likely to determine this issue of disclosure and whether HMRC is breaching it duty of candour.
Tim Street, the director of UK Uncut Legal Action, said: "We're pleased we will be able to present our arguments at this hearing and look forward to the judge granting us permission to proceed with a judicial review.A judicial review is clearly necessary and we're confident that we have a strong case. The decision by HMRC to let Goldman Sachs off an alleged £10m tax bill must be reversed and the money handed over to the public purse.
Rosa Curling of Leigh Day said: "At this time, when public services are being cut, it is crucial that HMRC ensures all monies owed to them by companies such as Goldman Sachs are paid in full. The rules have to be applied fairly and equally. Goldman Sachs is one of the world's richest banks. It cannot be right that they are let off millions of pounds of tax owed to the UK government."
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