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  1. Tax: corporate – Leading sets
  2. Tax: corporate – Leading silks
  3. Tax: corporate – New silks
  4. Tax: corporate – Leading juniors
  5. Tax: VAT – Leading sets
  6. Tax: VAT – Leading silks
  7. Tax: VAT – New silks
  8. Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

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2015 has seen more stability at the tax Bar, with fewer moves between sets or new silks appointed. Public law arguments are coming to the fore in the VAT space, leading to an increase in interest in the sector from non-tax specialist practitioners and an increasing acceptance of human rights-related arguments in tax cases, generally focussing on either Article 6 (right to a fair trial) or Article 1 of Protocol 1 (right to enjoyment of possessions).

11 New Square’s members are involved in a range of tax matters, including VAT disputes and film scheme litigation. Jonathan Peacock QC successfully represented the taxpayer in IFX Investment Company v HMRC, which found that “spot the ball” competitions fall within the gambling exemption to VAT.

39 Essex Chambers includes a number of barristers with VAT, indirect tax and international tax practices. Timothy Lyons QC advises corporates and governments on EU law tax matters, for example.

Blackstone Chambers includes expertise on the more judicial review-heavy matters within the tax field. Kieron Beal QC represented the taxpayer in Cooneen Watts & Stone v HMRC, a case concerning import duty on military clothing.

In addition to having members who are ‘very good at representing HMRC’ as part of its panel, Devereux’s barristers also represent taxpayers in direct tax and VAT matters. Jolyon Maugham QC is representing Eclipse Film Partners, a film partnership scheme, in several cases regarding the powers of the tribunals and the definition of “trade”.

Essex Court Chambers has ‘collected a group of the most professional barristers in the VAT space’. Roderick Cordara QC represented Nestlé before the First Tier Tribunal in a case regarding the VAT rating of Nesquik flavoured milk powder.

Field Court Tax Chambers handles a range of direct and indirect tax matters, with its members representing both the revenue and the taxpayer. Imran Afzal is instructed by HMRC to appear in the upcoming Supreme Court hearing of the Littlewoods VAT case.

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers’ members represent taxpayers in a range of direct and indirect business tax matters. Nicola Shaw QC successfully represented Volkswagen Financial Services in a dispute surrounding input VAT on hire purchase contracts.

Monckton Chambers is ‘one of the strongest chambers for VAT’ and related indirect tax matters such as landfill duties. Melanie Hall QC represented The Wellcome Trust in a dispute regarding input tax on buildings charities occupy for their use. Paul Lasok QC has retired.

Old Square Tax Chambers is ‘a specialist chambers with an impressive range of tax counsel’. Oliver Marre is instructed by the government of Gibraltar in a case surrounding taxes on transfers of assets abroad and EU treaty rights involving the British Overseas Territory. Etienne Wong transferred to the Bar from Clifford Chance, where he was a partner for 15 years.

Seen by many as ‘the top tax set in the country’, Pump Court Tax Chambers is ‘well run with a collaborative clerking team‘. On the direct tax front, Julian Ghosh QC is representing the Scottish government in a case regarding PAYE tax following Rangers FC’s collapse and rebirth; in indirect tax, it is ‘one of the stronger sets for dealing with customs and duties matters’.

Temple Tax Chambers’ ‘friendly and courteous’ team ‘always makes times for clients’. David Southern QC and Rebecca Murray represented the taxpayers in a judicial review of partner payment notices sent to members of the ‘Ingenious Media’ film partnerships.

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