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Recognised as 'a proactive and very approachable lawyer' in the Legal 500 2015, Lee Squires leads our UK VAT and indirect tax practice as Head of Indirect Tax (UK).

He has built a strong practice and reputation for contentious and non-contentious VAT work, advising a wide range of clients in a number of industry sectors on transactional, disputes and advisory matters. He also has wide experience in advising on a broad range of other corporate and business taxation issues, from corporate, finance and real estate transactions, to international tax structuring and group reorganisations.

Lee is a member of the VAT Practitioners' Group and the UK member of the European VAT Club (an association of independent European VAT specialists). He also writes a monthly column on the latest developments in VAT for the Tax Journal, one of the leading journals for tax professionals in the UK.


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London: Corporate and commercial

VAT and indirect tax

Within: VAT and indirect tax

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s tax group is ‘simply excellent’ and ‘keen to ensure that its service matches client expectations’. The team was strengthened considerably in 2016 by the addition of Elliot Weston - a real estate tax specialist, who joined the firm from Gowling WLG. Its recent transactional work has included advising UBS on the VAT treatment of the sale of its Swiss and Luxembourgish fund administration business to Northern Trust, with which it maintained a close business relationship. With ‘a good eye for detail’, Lee Squires heads the indirect tax practice and has advised major pension schemes on VAT treatment and is also involved in several significant VAT disputes. Indeed, the team has a particularly strong contentious offering and in 2016 Ruth Grant began representing British American Tobacco in tax tribunal litigation regarding HMRC’s imposition of tax penalties for the client’s alleged failure to sufficiently prevent tobacco smuggling into the UK. Rupert Shiers is rated for his ‘client management skills’ and Karen Hughes leads the wider global tax department.

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London: Dispute resolution

Tax litigation and investigations

Within: Tax litigation and investigations

The contentious tax group at Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘always very responsive’ and provides ‘strategic and appropriately detailed advice’. It has been strengthened by some significant lateral hires in 2016: real estate tax specialist Elliot Weston joined the team from Gowling WLG, while Graham Poole joined the firm’s London-based subsidiary team as director of economics and transfer pricing, having previously worked in HMRC’s economics department. Practice head Rupert Shiers is highly recommended and recently represented Ensco in relation to a high-value transfer pricing dispute. Lee Squires heads the VAT and indirect tax group and represented Citibank in tax tribunal litigation regarding HMRC’s requirement that the client meet the cost of a VAT fraud committed by other parties; following the team’s success at tribunal, HMRC has petitioned the Court of Appeal. In another standout case, Ruth Grant acted for British American Tobacco in tax tribunal litigation regarding the imposition of tax penalties where HMRC had determined that the company hadn’t done enough to prevent tobacco smuggling into the UK. Other notable clients include Ball UK Holdings, Paragon Offshore Group and Aspen Insurance Group.

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