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Baker McKenzie regularly handles customs and excise investigations and appeals for global corporates. Drawing on its transatlantic capabilities, the group is often called upon to advise clients, including major retailers, manufacturers and distributors, on a range of business-critical matters, including the implications of the withdrawal of the US from certain free trade agreements. 'Commercially aware' practice head Jennifer Revis, who was promoted to partner in July 2017, displays 'excellent knowledge of customs legislation and its wider global application'. Other key figures include trade specialist Ross Denton, who primarily advises EU, US and Japanese multinationals on all aspects of customs; head of tax Mark Delaney, who has expansive knowledge of indirect tax solutions relating to the technology and telecommunications sectors; and associate Jessica Mutton, who is noted for providing 'on-target' advice in relation to international trade and anti-bribery work, which encompasses customs, export controls and sanctions matters.

The 'consistently good' team at Pinsent Masons LLP assists a variety of major international corporates  with excise issues, with a particular strength in the brewing industry. The group stands out for its experience in HMRC investigations that have proceeded to litigation, in addition disputes arising from the classification of imported goods, calculating rates of excise duty on alcoholic beverages and excise duty fraud. The group is co-led by Jason Collins, who leads the broader global tax group, and 'client-focused' Stuart Walsh, whom clients rate for his area knowledge and court experience.  In a recent highlight, Collins successfully represented Molson Coors in its Supreme Court appeal against an HMRC duty-related claim. Trained mediator Ian Hyde has substantial experience in contentious excise duty matters.

The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†regularly advises a variety of clients on customs duties, valuation, anti-dumping and countervailing duties. The group handles both contentious and non-contentious customs and excise issues, and has extensive UK court experience. In light of the Brexit process, and drawing on the firm‚Äôs international presence and expertise it is now often called upon to advise on strategies to deal with its potential implications. The group is co-led by James Lindop, who sits in the Competition, EU and Trade practice; and tax specialist Giles Salmond, who is noted for his ability to ‚Äėcommunicate with lawyers and business-folk with ease‚Äô. Competition associate Monika Zejden-Erdmann¬†specialises in all aspects of EU and UK export controls and sanctions law.

RPC¬†has a ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô customs and excise team, which is ‚Äėhighly capable of handling anti-dumping work‚Äô. The group has wide ranging experience on the non-contentious side, including on the optimisation of compliance, tariff classification, origin, valuation, repayment and remission of duty. On the contentious front, ‚Äėgood litigator‚Äô Robert Waterson¬†assists clients in disputes with HMRC, such as enquiries and investigations, and litigation before tax tribunals, up to the Supreme Court. ‚ÄėTechnically excellent‚Äô Michelle Sloane¬†is the honorary legal advisor to the Bonded Warehousekeepers Association, assisting the organisation‚Äôs members with all legal queries regarding HMRC issues, excise duty an supply chain matters. Adam Craggs¬†heads the group and sits in the tax litigation department.

The Khan Partnership LLP is an international law boutique which handles advisory, regulatory and contentious aspects of customs and excise law, with specific expertise in licensing, tariff classification, valuation and duties disputes. The group is also instructed by major corporates on EU export customs control and EU sanctions requirements in relation to their business. Founding partner Hassan Khan draws on his experience in a senior European Legal Affairs post at HMRC to lead on matters for major corporates on high-profile matters. Sukhbir Binning is another key contact.

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