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Chambers of James Kessler QC

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Old Square Tax Chambers is an elite set whose members are among the best regarded tax barristers in practice.

The set: Old Square Tax Chambers was founded in 1968. Members are supported by senior clerk, Anthony Hall, who will discuss the likely level of fees before work is done, and will happily advise as to the most suitable member to deal with any particular matter. Chambers’ approach is based on the experience that it is seldom sufficient to advise on a discrete tax question in isolation. All relevant tax considerations must be taken into account, in addition to any other legal constraints and business or personal considerations which may influence a client’s course of action.

Types of work undertaken: Personal taxation: members counsel clients ranging from long- established families to the best-known entrepreneurs and advise at the high end for both UK and foreign domiciliaries. The team has played a lead role on a number of major matters of first importance over the past year. The barristers provide coherent and comprehensible advice to private clients in all aspects of their tax affairs. The ability to combine tax advice with trust, succession and charity law expertise makes this a unique resource in the UK market.

Corporate taxation: with a predominant tax focus, Old Square Tax Chambers covers all aspects of corporate taxation, both in and out of court. The team has particular strengths in advising on corporate reconstructions, entrepreneurs and employee remuneration strategies.

VAT: Tax Chambers’ expertise in VAT has been enhanced by the arrival of Etienne Wong, formerly head of VAT at Clifford Chance. The team advises on all aspects of VAT, with a particular focus on supply issues (non-supplies, composite supplies), cross-border issues, property, transactions in the telecommunications, technology, energy and transport sectors, and structured finance products (including Islamic financing products).

International: a cross-border tax offering is a key factor which sets chambers apart from the majority of tax specialists at the UK Bar. It appears in front of Scots and Jersey courts and foreign tribunals and brings years of experience to the table.

Specialist expertise: each member of chambers covers all areas of tax law, but each practitioner has particular specialities: Head of chambers James Kessler QC has particular strengths in foreign domiciliaries, trusts and charities. Robert Venables QC focuses on trusts, EU law, offshore and international taxation, employee remuneration, owner-managed companies and VAT. He has extensive litigation experience before the House of Lords (Supreme Court), Privy Council, European Court of Justice and Court of Appeal, including tax-related judicial review. Amanda Hardy QC is a noted expert on pensions taxation and a highly experienced litigator. Before taking Silk in 2015, Amanda was listed as a leading junior tax barrister. Philip Simpson QC advises across a broad range of taxes, with a particular focus on corporation tax and offshore situations involving individuals. He has extensive litigation expertise, in particular in VAT and other indirect taxes. Patrick Cannon is an expert on SDLT and also advises on the GAAR, tax investigations and human rights in tax. Etienne Wong is an expert on VAT (including VAT litigation), and also advises on property development and investment transactions.

Rory Mullan advises widely on offshore issues, with a particular interest in the impact of EU law and human rights law in relation to tax. He has enjoyed significant recent success representing taxpayers before the courts. Setu Kamal specialises in all areas of tax law, with clients ranging from the Big Four to provincial firms. Harriet Brown is dual-qualified as a Jersey advocate and regularly appears before UK and Jersey tribunals. Oliver Marre represents taxpayers on direct tax matters, with an interest in employment taxation and NICs.

Publications: members are sought out as thought leaders and have written a significant number of leading textbooks, including the following: Drafting Trusts & Will Trusts; The GAAR: A Practical Approach; Individual Tax Residence; The Interaction of EU Treaty Freedoms and the UK Tax Code; The Jersey Law of Trusts; Taxation of Charities and Nonprofit Organisations; Taxation of Foundations; Taxation of Non-Residents and Foreign Domiciliaries; Taxation of Trusts and Tolley’s Stamp Taxes. .

Above material supplied by OLD SQUARE TAX CHAMBERS (Chambers of James Kessler QC).

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