Tax dodge barrister is caged
A HIGH-FLYING barrister who dodged £600,000 in tax to help fund a lavish lifestyle has been jailed.
Rohan Pershad QC, 44, ( above) collected millions of pounds in fees from clients “tax free” and bought a £1m house in Surrey and another property worth £490,000 in Somerset.
The leading silk “disappeared from the radar” to avoid paying VAT between 1999 and 2011.
Pershad, who was called to the bar in 1991 and made a QC last March, specialised in financial disputes, professional negligence, personal injury, professional liability and insurance cases.
But he claimed to be “extremely poor at paperwork” and more interested in his work as a barrister.
Pershad, from Hammersmith, west London, denied cheating the public revenue but was found guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court and jailed for three and a half years.