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Tax Dispute Resolution

Opus Pear Tree’s tax dispute resolution service utilises our expertise in forensic accounting, investigation, corporate intelligence, and litigation to provide assistance to a wide range of individuals, business owners, accountants, lawyers and other professional clients in both civil and criminal cases.

Tax Investigations

HMRC has a wide range of powers to investigate personal and business tax affairs, from entering premises without notice to obtain documents relevant to your tax affairs to penalty regimes to maximise the collection of allegedly deliberately underpaid duties. 

We can negotiate cost-effective and pragmatic settlements, enabling clients to continue operating their business throughout the onerous process of the enquiry.

Insolvency Proceedings 

HMRC are increasingly supporting the appointment of insolvency practitioners to recover tax they believe to be unpaid by companies and individuals. Insolvency practitioners can seek to recover funds from former directors, shareholders and other individuals of influence in the company.

Our team are experienced in negotiating the most favourable settlement term with both HMRC and/or insolvency practitioners.

Litigation Support   

We offer litigation support and tax specialists to prepare defences and attend alternative dispute resolution or court hearings to defend clients against cases of disputed tax assessments or alleged fraud brought by HMRC.

Case study: HMRC demanding settlement of PAYE

A client was personally subject to a PAYE determination of over £3m. We reassessed the calculations and represented the client at a meeting with HMRC, whereby we were able to reduce the liability to nil.


If you would like to speak to Opus Pear Tree about our services, please contact Nicholas Parton.


Key People

Nicholas Parton
Partner, Head of Forensics

Liz Coleman
Director - Tax Investigations

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