In Newcastle United Football Club Ltd and Ors v HMRC [2017] EWHC 2402 (Admin), the High Court considered a judicial review of HMRC’s decision to apply for search and seizure warrants.

HMRC applied for the warrants in question, among others, on 19 April 2017 and they were granted on 20 April 2017.

On 26 April 2017, HMRC raided a number of premises linked with Newcastle United (NU) and other football clubs. See HMRC tackles football transfer fees

NU contended that the warrants were not valid on five grounds:

The High Court held that


Given that NU only challenged the Warrants in relation to three locations, and not the eight others HMRC also searched, it seems likely that HMRC will be pursuing the tax evasion case in due course.


Newcastle United Football Club Ltd and Ors v HMRC [2017] EWHC 2402 (Admin)


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