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R (on the application of Chaudhary) v Bristol Crown Court and HMRC

In R (on the application of Chaudhary) v Bristol Crown Court and HMRC [2014] EWHC 4096 (4 December 2014) the High Court refused an application for judicial review in relation to the seizure of documents.

Mr Chaudhary is director and sole shareholder of Accident Claim Helpline Ltd (ACHL) which processes personal injury claims. It conducts investigations and refers cases to firms of solicitors. Some of its files are subject to legal professional privilege (LPP).

In September 2011 following an application by HMRC’s Criminal Investigations Division the Crown Court issued search warrants (under the Criminal Evidence Act 1984 s 15) in relation to ACHL’s nine addresses. During the search thousands of files were seized.

On 7 January 2013 Mr Chaudhary issued an application (under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 s 59) for the return of the entirety of the seized items and any...

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