https://www.taxation.co.uk/Articles/201 ... -case-debt
So I went to the source, the decision;
http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKFTT/TC ... 06149.html
You learns something new every day. I learned that if you retain an adviser to represent you at a court hearing in Britain he can't tell you what's going on because it's confidential. Makes sense when you think about it. How can you run a case if you let your client barge in any old time with distracting questions about his own affairs? Before you know it they'll be demanding to be told if they've won or lost!11. Mr Bridger's advice included that the Appellant should cease to be a man by making a declaration to that effect to enable Mr Bridger to communicate to the world that the Appellant was dead, that there was plenty of time to deal with an enforcement notice as the Bills of Exchange Act governed the counting of the time limit to do so, that the Appellant erect a poster in his home denying access to all persons which was intended to prevent access by officials/bailiffs to avoid loss of personal assets. Mr Bridger refers to himself as "Master Bridger".
The enewsletter article said;9. Mr Bridger had assured the Appellant on numerous occasions that he was experienced in handling tax matters of this nature, had secured excellent outcomes for clients and that everything was in hand. Mr Bridger had declined to give the Appellant copies of his correspondence with HMRC on the ground of confidentiality. As the Appellant had no experience of such matters he was totally reliant on Mr Bridger and was unable to judge whether Mr Bridger was not competent. Mr Bridger failed to appeal on the appellant's behalf against any of the notices of assessment of VAT or penalties against MDM or the personal penalty notices served on the Appellant. The Appellant became aware of the dire situation when he received a letter from the official receiver and there was a threat of bailiffs attending his home.
But I don't see that quote in the decision.The judge concluded that Mr Bridger was ‘on a frolic on his own ...