HMRC fraud investigation expert joins Edwin Coe as tax director

Dmitri Surendran, a fraud investigation expert with HM Revenue & Customs, has joined the tax team of London-based Edwin Coe as a tax director.

At HMRC, Surendran’s title had been operational head of the tax collecting agency’s Fraud Investigation Services operation, where he was part of its Offshore, Corporate and Wealthy unit, and thus was involved in carrying out civil tax investigations, including a type known as “Code of Practice 8” and “Code of Practice 9”, according to a statement announcing his appointment to Edwin Coe.

Surendran also managed HMRC projects in relation to the utilisation of offshore data, the tax law specialist said.

Surendran is joining Edwin Coe to help it to advise clients who have found themselves subject to HMRC investigations, including COP 8 and COP 9 cases, the firm said.

It said he would also advise clients in relation to the negotiation of settlements with HMRC, including such aspects as the imposition of penalties.

His expertise in the area of HMRC’s investigative powers and approach is also expected to be put to use in the reviewing of Edwin Coe clients who have “multi-jurisdictional affairs and structures”, in order to ensure that these are, and remain, compliant – particularly, the firm noted, now, with the current “focus on global transparency, [Common Reporting Standard] and inter-government information exchange agreements”.

Edwin Coe head of tax Frank Strachan said Surendran’s first-hand, in-depth knowledge of the way HMRC looks at tax structuring and what it considers acceptable and what it does not would “greatly enhance our ability to support taxpayers who engage the services of the [Edwin Coe] tax team to assist them during an HMRC investigation”.

Edwin Coe is a commercial law firm based in London’s Lincoln’s Inn legal district, which dates back to 1913. Its 36 partners handle a range of types of legal matters for a range of client types, including individuals and corporate entities.

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