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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

Work 020 7832 1111
Fax 020 7353 3978
Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho

Work 020 7832 1111
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)


Kelly specialises in EU law, public law, tax and commercial litigation. In practice prior to joining Chambers, Kelly was involved in litigation at every level of English Court, specialist tribunals and the CJEU. She is now instructed to appear in court regularly in the High Court, County Courts and Tribunals. Her clients are broad ranging and include multinationals, local authorities, individuals, SMEs, government bodies and major insurers. Her experience spans a variety of sectors, including Energy, Central and Local Government, Financial Services, Engineering, Retail, Aggregates, Insurance (including Life Assurance), Telecommunications, Computing and Medical Equipment. Her tax experience includes advising and litigating for clients from multinationals to high-net worth individuals on the full range of tax issues. In her practice prior to joining Chambers, Kelly was in the award winning team running the FII GLO , the CFC GLO , the Thin Cap GLO , the Loss Relief GLO and the prominent Marks & Spencer (final losses) cases. She has experience of advising on high value tax enquiries for multinationals dealing with cross border and domestic issues. Her tax disputes experience includes claims made under statutory claims procedure (CTSA), High Court litigation, Judicial Review, and settlements with HMRC. Her commercial litigation experience includes applications, case management hearings and matters in the High Court and County Court. She has experience of corporate disputes, insolvency (corporate and individual), as well as disputes as to shareholdings, misrepresentation, fraud and professional negligence.


Called to the bar 2006.


Former member of PwC’s State Aid Working Group; former member of PwC’s EU Direct Tax Group.


London School of Economics and Political Science (LLB 2004); University of Cambridge (LLM 2005)

London Bar


Within: Competition – Leading juniors

Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho - 39 Essex ChambersA highly practical, down-to-earth barrister and great value for money. Her written advice is also very readable and client friendly.

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EU law

Within: EU law – Leading juniors

Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho - 39 Essex ChambersShe is fleet of foot in terms of adapting and adjusting her approach.

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Tax: corporate and VAT

Within: Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho - 39 Essex ChambersShe is very methodical and has a wide range of expertise.

Within: Tax: corporate and VAT

Great set39 Essex Chambers is ‘growing in strength for tax disputes’, particularly in relation to VAT and indirect tax. Timothy Lyons QC and Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho are acting for the taxpayer in a major customs duty case. In Pendragon Plc v Revenue and Customs Commissioners, Nigel Pleming QC is representing HMRC at the Court of Appeal in relation to the VAT treatment of the sale of cars.

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