Vancouver Criminal Defence Lawyer, Joven Narwal, published “An ADR Approach to Compensating the Wrongfully Convicted”, as a letter to the editor in the November 2017 issue of ‘The Advocate’. Established in 1943, the Advocate is a leading journal for both academic and informative writing for lawyers and legal scholars throughout British Columbia. An excerpt from the article is below:
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, based in New York City, has rendered a decision that will impact prosecutions that result from multi-jurisdictional investigations.
(This is an excerpt of a paper authored by Joven Narwal for the 2014 Canadian Bar Association National Criminal Justice Conference held April 12, 2014)
The Canada Revenue Agency has launched a new program aimed at targeting international tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance by Canadian citizens. The Offshore Tax Informant Program (“OTIP”) is a hotline that will allow persons to provide information related to major international tax non-compliance to the CRA. If the tip leads to the collection of taxes owing, the informant will receive a reward of 5 – 15% of the tax collected.
Every major white-collar prosecution involves parallel civil, administrative and criminal proceedings. Clients facing parallel proceedings are in a difficult position because an effective defence in one proceeding may compromise their position in others. The risk is heightened where the target individual or company has not been notified, formally or informally, that a criminal investigation is taking place. These are difficult and complex problems that require the assistance of counsel who is capable of navigating through the labyrinth of issues that arise in these types of cases. Although every case is different, our Firm has identified the range of concerns and considerations when representing clients subject to possible white-collar parallel proceedings.