Tax dodge bar­ris­ter is caged

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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.

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