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What is advocacy?

Advocacy is when we represent you to HMRC.  This is not to be confused with a freight forwarder, customs broker or customs agent who represents you in the declaration of goods to HMRC.   We mean representing you to HMRC when you have a dispute, ruling or demand which you do not agree with.

If you have a dispute, ruling or demand we will:

Listen to your concerns about the disputed matter

Make a summary based on your explanation of the facts

Review the documents relevant to the matter

Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case

Recommend a course of action

Take instructions from you if you decide to proceed with our recommendation– or another course of action.

Carry out the agreed advice/work option on your behalf.

All customs decisions, ruling and demands may be appealed provided you contact us in time for us to take actions within the time limits set down in customs rules.

As with legal procedures in other fields, the grounds of the dispute must be:

The customs law has not been applied correctly


The facts of the matter have not been fully set out or understood or additional information has now come to light



Areas of dispute could include:

Tariff classification of goods

Customs valuation of goods

Origin of goods

Applications to use duty reliefs

Results of HMRC audit

Import/export declaration compliance

Record keeping

Documenting evidence to support import/export declaration details

HMRC maladministration

We can also get involved BEFORE decisions are issued if you contact us at an early stage. Often it can be easier to negotiate with HMRC before they issue decisions.
We can either take up representation for dealing with the matter directly with HMRC or you can retain responsibility but we will act as your adviser at each stage.
When necessary we can call upon leading counsel where the additional expertise of a custom barrister would be beneficial.
Advocacy means working alongside you, representing your interests.

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