Jules is innocent: long-running tax prosecution against him fails after he sells 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 27 July 2017: The case against Jules Wilkinson and his wife has failed and they have been declared not guilty


UPDATE July 2017The multinational Carlsberg has bought the Hackney brewery for a reported £1 million. The tax office, however, wants Jules Wilkinson and his wife to answer old allegations of tax fraud (see background story below), which the couple continue to deny. They are due to appear in court again on Monday 10 July 2017


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 that Revenue and Customs said it was owed from his business over a three-year period. The revenue added 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.

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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