Tuesday, 1 July 2008

1 Barrister + 4 Boeing 747 engines = ??

All I can do is shake my head in sheer disbelief...A UK barrister (I hope "former" UK barrister...) has been convicted of trying to cheat the public revenue, and sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Now call me slightly simple but if you claim that you just sold 4 Boeing 747 engines to an Iraqi airport for £100 million, and then tried to reclaim £17.5 million for VAT back from the UK, do you not think someone might say "Hmmmmmmmmmm....maybe we should look into that".

Well anyway, Mr John Wilmot formally of Temple Chambers is now enjoying the fruits of his multimillion pound transaction....good stuff!

To view the whole BBC article go

[p.s. I know it's not housing law but it caught my eye this afternoon.]


Smoking Gun said...

I must be honest and say this story went round my office and we found it highly amusing. I know barristers are supposed to be high flyers but this was taking it a bit too far

Ethan said...

From all the stories of disrepute about the legal profession this week, this one has to be my favourite too...he probably should have put done "sold: one tank" and be done with it!!