Customs & Excise Solicitors

Had goods seized by UK Customs Officers? Been accused of smuggling? Need urgent help right away?

Whether you find yourself under criminal investigation or are simply wanting to recover goods that you feel were confiscated unfairly, our expert Customs and Excise Solicitors can provide clear practical advice and robust representation when you need it most.

For a free initial consultation on your legal position and the available options, contact our local offices in LondonBirmingham or Manchester.

It is important that you contact us as soon as possible to ensure you have the best chance of success, whether that is simply getting your goods returned to you, or, in more serious cases, where you find yourself being investigated for a customs & excise offence such as drug smuggling.

Are you looking for experienced customs and excise solicitors?

As one of the most complex areas of the law, particularly where there are drugs involved, when you find yourself under investigation, it is critical that you seek the legal expertise of our specialist customs and excise solicitors without delay.

At JD Spicer Zeb, we have a highly skilled and experienced team of customs and excise lawyers who have vast knowledge about proceedings on an international level and can help you to achieve the most favourable outcome possible.

Our specialist teams in London, Birmingham and Manchester have an excellent reputation and track record of success in helping clients, in all manner of cases, from evading alcohol and tobacco duty to drug smuggling offences.

Why choose JD Spicer Zeb’s Custom’s & Excise Solicitors?

Whatever the item is being smuggled in, the rewards may well be high, but so are the sentences for individuals who are caught and convicted.

In recent years HMRC have adopted a tougher and more aggressive approach to smuggling offences, turning their attention firmly towards those who are deliberately avoiding paying duty on their goods. Similarly, Courts are taking these types of offences very seriously, handing out tough sentences and long sentences of imprisonment.

These types of offences are complicated matters and should be handled by expert solicitors only. JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors can provide professional representation against smuggling accusations with the aim of preventing, or at least minimizing, the confiscation of your assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

This is why it is vital that you seek specialist advice from our expert solicitors at JD Spicer Zeb and get the quality legal representation right from the outset.

Our dedicated team of custom and excise solicitors are ready and on hand to provide clear advice and robust representation that will make a positive difference throughout your case. We will advise you in straightforward plain English, ensuring you understand the investigation or action being brought against you and that you are fully informed of your rights and options on how best to proceed. If English is not your first language then we can organise professional interpreters to interpret or translate any necessary documents.

We can also help you co-operate with the investigating bodies, liaise with HMRC on your behalf, and work with you diligently and proactively to either bring matters to a swift and satisfactory conclusion or secure the most favourable sentence.

Whatever the nature or severity of your case, you can be confident that you are in the most knowledgeable and experienced hands and that our legal experts are firmly committed to securing the best possible outcome for you.


What type of cases do JD Spicer Zeb’s customs & excise solicitors take on?

Customs Officers in the UK have the right to seize your goods such as counterfeit items, alcohol, or tobacco if:

  • You have failed to pay the correct duty
  • Your items are banned or restricted in the UK
  • You have broken UK custom laws or regulations
  • You are suspected of smuggling by importing or exporting goods illegally

If you find yourself in these circumstances, you need the expert advice and representation of our specialist custom and excise lawyers right away. They can help you with the prompt release of goods seized by HMRC and guide you through the process of recovery.

In particular, we can help you with:

  • Challenging the seizure of your goods if you think that was incorrect or unfair
  • Writing a prompt ‘notice of claim’ to HMRC on your behalf to get your goods back within the time limit
  • Writing a ‘restoration letter’ to get your items back
  • Complaints
  • Claims of unfair treatment against you by HMRC

Contact our customs and excise solicitors today!

For urgent specialist advice, immediate representation or to speak to us confidentially about a serious fraud case, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team of serious fraud lawyers in London, Birmingham or Manchester on telephone:

  • Brent & Camden London Office: 020 7624 7771
  • Manchester Office: 0161 835 1638
  • Birmingham Office: 0121 614 3333
  • City of London: 0207 624 7771 - our senior Solicitors and Partners can meet by appointment in the City.

Or email:

Alternatively, you can fill out our quick online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

In Urgent Cases

For immediate representation and advice, you can contact our Emergency Number:

07836 577 556 and we will provide you with the urgent assistance you need.


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