Why the tax office will have to continue to wait for the money it says it’s owed by Mr London Fields Brewery

LonFieldsBrew: Press tour at London Fields Brewery Warburton Rd Hackney 040914 © davidaltheer@gmail.com
Happier times: mediaistas lap up the ales at a London Fields Brewery press event

Julian de Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson, co-founder of London Fields Brewery 2011 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com
“Jules” Wilkinson, co-founder of London Fields Brewery, at its press launch in 2011
UPDATE January 2017: the tax office has given up on reclaiming the money from the Hackney brewer and his wife. The likelihood is that neither will be jailed or be pushed for the money said to be owed


THE REVENUE’S ATTEMPT to retrieve almost £1 million owed to it by London Fields Brewery has hit another setback. Julian de Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson, 43, c0-founder of the Hackney brewery, and his wife, Rosemary Spence,were charged at Wood Green Crown Court with having deliberately failed to pay £730,000 Revenue and Customs said it was owed from his business over a three-year period. The revenue said that beer duties and corporation tax also “went unpaid”. The couple deny the charges.

The latest in a series of postponements stems from public school-educated” Jules” Whiteway’s camp: his defence barrister is ill.

The likelihood of the case’s taking longer than expected prompted three jurors to ask to be stood down because they had commitments elsewhere, which would have left only nine jurors. So the judge postponed the trial to July 2017. It is possible the Revenue will decide to abandon its pursuit of the unpaid thousands of pounds.

The brewery was started in 2011 with Ian Burgess, owner of the hipster-coffee pioneer shop Climpson and Sons in nearby Broadway Market. But he quit the partnership within months.

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