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John has extensive experience in all types of investigations and prosecutions brought by a multitude of agencies with the Crown Prosecution Service, HMRC and the Financial Conduct Authority being just three examples.
This background will be of particular use to individuals and corporate clients seeking to defend allegations of any nature and also to those seeking assistance with risk management, compliance queries and internal investigations to identify potential wrongdoing within their organisation.
"As best practice, traders are also encouraged by the Environment Agency to show their environmental permit numbers on the sites where they are selling parts in order to reassure potential customers of their legitimacy. The Environment Agency is contacting eBay traders who do not display their environmental credentials, providing guidance and warning them about carrying on with non-permitted breaking activities. Those who are operating illegally and not responding to the Environment Agency will find their trading account suspended or removed from eBay. For those who then continue to trade, the Environment Agency has stated that it will take further steps including making a site visit and reporting them to the Police and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
"It is clearly a much more complicated scenario to run legally and the pitfalls of not doing so can be severe. With the policing of internet trading sites now becoming more commonplace and through the process of effectively ‘joining up’ official bodies to ensure that only registered traders can operate the Certification system it is becoming almost impossible to run such a business illegally. Those operating outside the system face detection and closure. They may even face investigation and possible prosecution by the authorities."
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