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Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey QCWilberforce ChambersAn excellent leader, communicator and advocate.
William Massey QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersWilliam has a huge amount of knowledge of the taxation of landed estates accumulated over very many years. He is lawyer and client friendly. His experience underpins his reassuring manner and presence, both in the conference room and in court. He is always a pleasure to work with and is collaborative in his approach.
Kevin Prosser QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersOne of the country's leading tax QCs. A superb advocate and (rather unusually in tax) excellent at cross-examining witnesses.
Rupert Baldry QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersUser and client-friendly, with the ability to give incisive and clear advice as to the strengths and weaknesses of a position. Experienced in terms of HMRC practice and helpful in terms of practical as well as technical advice.
Julian Ghosh QC - One Essex CourtJulian is absolutely at the top of his game. He is obviously incredibly intelligent but he manages to give opinions which lay people (clients) can understand.
Brian Green QCWilberforce ChambersA genius and brilliant in all respects. Brian is incredibly generous with his time and attention, making time for even the most insignificant matters. He has the ability to cut through the seemingly most intractable issues with ease, grace and good humour. A joy to work with!
Amanda Hardy QC - 5 Stone BuildingsAmanda is exceptionally strong in relation to the technical intricacies of offshore tax and in particular is outstanding and one of the leading authorities on developments in the law on domicile. She combines these technical strengths with excellent interpersonal skills and sound strategic judgement.
Jonathan Bremner QCOne Essex CourtHe is technically excellent and very quick to respond.
Hui Ling McCarthy QC - 11 New SquareShe is a great team player. Exceptionally hardworking and hugely knowledgeable on this area of tax law.
Aparna Nathan QC - DevereuxExcellent on all accounts - charming, proactive, and a source of very clear advice.
James Rivett QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersJames is fantastic with clients. He is very clever but wears it lightly. Always inspires confidence.

Leading Juniors

Emma Chamberlain - Pump Court Tax ChambersEmma is very good at interpreting tax legislation and coming up with creative ideas.
Marika Lemos - DevereuxHighly intelligent and expert in her field, innovative in her thinking and in looking for options and solutions for the client. An excellent writer and explainer. Clear in conference for the lay client.
Thomas Chacko - Pump Court Tax ChambersA good, strategic thinker. Thomas is very bright and on top of the arguments. He thinks quickly on his feet and deals well with curveballs thrown by the judge.
Jonathan Schwarz - Temple Tax ChambersJonathan is a leading expert in international tax matters (he literally wrote the book) and has an encyclopedic knowledge of tax treaties.
Michael Sherry - Temple Tax ChambersMichael has excellent knowledge, and is flexible and responsive. Solicitors have absolute confidence in the advice he provides.
Barrie Akin - DevereuxBarrie is very forensic and careful, he can always be relied upon to have read his instructions and prepared accordingly. He has a first-rate mind.
Stephen Arthur - Temple Tax ChambersHe has an ability to help resolve complex problems and guidance on the most pragmatic solutions combined with an excellent knowledge of trust law and UK taxation implications for trustees and beneficiaries.
Georgia Bedworth - Ten Old SquareExcellent. Very considered, excellent opinions that are clear and concise. Importantly, Georgia is extremely client friendly and is a go to tax and trust barrister.
Harriet Brown - Old Square Tax ChambersExcellent technical skills, clearly communicated advice.
Oliver Conolly - Pump Court Tax ChambersOliver provides clear robust advice. He is very well conversed with the relevant legislation, case law and the SDLT manual which enables him to provide a substantive response back to HMRC in a timely manner. Whilst dealing with a complex area of law, Oliver delivers his advice in a clear, straightforward manner.
James MacDougald - Ten Old SquareVery personable and thoughtful, he looks around the issues and provides comprehensive and practical advice in a straightforward manner. He has a real desire to be helpful.
Oliver Marre - 5 Stone BuildingsHe tackles everything with great enthusiasm. Oliver is very responsive and always strives to provide the best service and most thorough, practical advice to us and our clients.
Laura Poots - Pump Court Tax ChambersLaura is very approachable and commercially focused. She is technically excellent and is happy to work through specific questions on legislation or cases thoroughly but clearly, often "translating" the complex technical wording to apply it to client situations.
Michael Ripley - 11 New SquareMichael has a clear command of the effective conduct of tax litigation. User-friendly and responsive, he is a confident advocate good with clients.
Christopher Stone - DevereuxVery smooth and charming, he is carving out a niche for himself as the revenue's go-to man.

Rising Stars

Laura Inglis - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersShe gives very clear advice, is very responsive and is also technically brilliant.
Emma Pearce - Pump Court Tax ChambersEmma is not only highly intelligent, she is also very good at setting out her advice clearly whether orally or in writing, is very accessible to the lay client and delightful to deal with.

Private client: personal tax in London Bar

Pump Court Tax Chambers

Pump Court Tax Chambers is the ‘pre-eminent tax set with excellent barristers at all levels.’ It continues to thrive as is evidenced by Elizabeth Wilson QC  taking silk in 2021 and its ongoing involvement in various key cases. Highlights included William Massey QC acting (jointly with Emma Pearce) as an expert witness by providing a report for the Royal Court of Guernsey on the UK inheritance tax treatment of a Guernsey law settlement that had been established by a non-domiciled, non-resident individual in 2002. In R (Locke) v HMRC, David Ewart QC was recently instructed by the taxpayer in a judicial review about whether, and under what circumstances, follower notices and Accelerated Payment Notices should be issued.

Testimonials

Set 

The set is a premier one on tax advice.’

‘A go to chambers for technical tax advice, whether personal tax or corporate. Barristers at all levels, so real strength-in-depth. Chambers have always been very good at providing training opportunities.

‘A go to set of Chambers on UK tax matters.’

In a class of its own amongst tax chambers. Real quality across the board.’

‘Pump Court Tax Chambers is a leading set, and we have pleasure in consulting barristers of all levels on various tax matters. ‘

Clerking

‘Excellent service, and clerks always pleasant and helpful.

‘Have had good service from Rob Adams.’

Helpful and responsive.

‘Proactive, helpful and extremely commercial.’

‘Prompt, efficient, polite and very eager to provide an excellent services.

Devereux

Devereux Chambers   is ‘excellent’ and is ‘strong and up with the best.' A high proportion of its work is advisory but its members are adept at handling complex disputes too. Aparna Nathan QC continued to act for the HMRC in Beadle v HMRC, a case which considers the use of partner payment notice penalties. In Gaines-Cooper v HMRC, Akash Nawbatt QC is representing the HMRC at all levels all the way to the Court of Appeal in a multi-million pound domicile and residence appeal which also involves other issues such as transfer of assets abroad.

Testimonials

Clerking

Responsive and helpful.’

Good depth- helpful clerks.

Old Square Tax Chambers

Old Square Tax Chambers has a particular focus on private client work and advising high-net-worth private clients on a variety of complicated UK and offshore issues. James Kessler QC continues to advise a Greek shipowner whose domicile is being challenged by the HMRC. In another key matter Robert Venables QC is advising on complex issues of residence and the domicile of the appellant in an ongoing matter. Rory Mullan QC, who took silk in 2021, continues to represent the Fisher family in its long running dispute with the HMRC over the tax consequences of the sale of part of the Stan James betting business.

Wilberforce Chambers

Wilberforce Chambers has an illustrious history of advising on the taxation of trusts and estates as well as on the taxation aspects of pension schemes and capital gains tax. In the case of Gareth Clark v HM Revenue and Customs, which reached the Court of Appeal, Jonathan Davey QC is acting for HM Revenue and Customs in a test case concerning the liberation of pension funds through the setting up of UK and offshore trusts and other such structures.

11 New Square

The members of 11 New Square continue to be active in representing taxpayers and the Revenue on a whole host of key tax cases in the UK courts and tribunals. Recent highlights include Hui Ling McCarthy QC receiving instructions from the interveners in the taxpayer’s appeal to the Supreme Court in Amrolia, a case concerning a marketed tax avoidance scheme. In another highlight McCarthy QC is acting for the taxpayer in Charman v HMRC, an appeal to the Court of Appeal from the Upper Tribunal about employment income and share options.

Testimonials

Set 

‘I have used several members of the set and the same clear analysis is apparent from each of the barristers I have worked with.

Clerking

The clerks are responsive and helpful.’

‘Very good, no nonsense service. Tom Rook always available and easy to deal with.’

‘Good clerks. Tom Rook leads a modern and accessible clerking team. Responsive, available, helpful.’

Field Court Tax Chambers

Field Court Tax Chambers advises governments, multinational companies and others such as wealthy individuals and charities. The set of chambers has been busy advising on various significant matters. Patrick C Soares is acting for the appellant in Walewski v HMRC. The case is being considered in the Upper Tribunal and is examining a limited liability partnership in which both he and a limited company were partners, with at issue if the profit shares that were allocated to the company could be reallocated to the appellant pursuant to the 2014 ‘mixed partnership rules’. In another key matter Patrick Way QC acted for an individual in a dispute about the ordinary residence of an individual.

Temple Tax Chambers

Temple Tax Chambers excels at international work and specialises in advising on offshore trusts, residence and other domicile matters in addition to estate planning. Members are praised for their ability to provide ‘very pragmatic solutions.’ In Fowler v HMRC, A 2020 Supreme Court case, Jonathan Schwarz acted for a South African resident who was working in the UK North Sea as a diver, at issue was the interaction of UK tax law's bespoke treatment of divers and tax treaties. Schwarz also assisted in an Australian tax case concerning the non-discrimination article in the UK-Australia tax treaty, as applied to a British citizen subjected to the "backpacker tax", which means those on working holidays do not benefit from the Australian tax-free allowance.

Testimonials

Clerking

‘Clerking is excellent – Claire James and Lucy Campbell are responsive and provide an excellent service.’

Excellent service – responsiveness, helpfulness. Particularly Claire James.’

Excellent communicators and very helpful.’

‘The service from the clerks’ room has always been prompt and efficient.’