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  1. Tax: corporate – Leading sets
  2. Tax: corporate – Leading silks
  3. Tax: corporate – 2016 silks
  4. Tax: corporate – 2017 silks
  5. Tax: corporate – Leading juniors
  6. Tax: VAT – Leading sets
  7. Tax: VAT – Leading silks
  8. Tax: VAT – 2016 silks
  9. Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

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    • Penny Hamilton - Pump Court Tax Chambers β€˜Dedicated, intelligent, commercial, approachable and liked by clients.’
    • Hui Ling McCarthy - 11 New Square β€˜Excellent drafting skills coupled with persuasive, measured advocacy.’
    • Valentina Sloane - Monckton Chambers β€˜Experienced in everything from the small, tricky issues to the vast, technically complex ones.’
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β€˜One scarcely needs to say that’ 11 New Square is a β€˜very strong tax set, with some β€˜top-shelf silks’ to mark its reputation. Chambers is well known for its work both for and against the government, its multi-jurisdictional experience and its tax advisory practice. Hui Ling McCarthy is β€˜especially popular with HMRC’ and has recently represented the government in a number of indirect tax cases, while Jonathan Peacock QC has acted for the taxpayer in cases involving the treatment of transfer pricing and double taxation.

39 Essex Chambers is an β€˜extremely modern, professional set with highly responsive barristers’ and particular expertise in VAT litigation. Alison Foster QC is appearing for the Revenue in a politically charged case, while Timothy Lyons QC was involved in a Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) case concerning the customs treatment of certain audio equipment.

Blackstone Chambers is simply β€˜superb’ and particularly noted for its work on cases in which public law and tax law intersect. Sam Grodzinski QC and Kieron Beal QC each have extensive experience of indirect tax law, and the former of the two has particular specialism in tax-related judicial reviews.

Devereux is uniquely positioned to deal with cases involving crossover employment or professional negligence matters. Known for being β€˜user-friendly’, the set has used its capabilities in litigation and advisory work to continuously strengthen its profile in the tax space. Akash Nawbatt QC took silk in 2017 and was recently involved in a test case for accelerated payment legislation.

With β€˜particular strength in cases involving indirect tax’, Essex Court Chambers is anchored by some of the β€˜top QCs for VAT and a good team of juniors’. Members do find themselves involved in tax-related commercial disputes, but primarily act for taxpayers in litigation against HMRC. Indeed, Edward Brown successfully represented the taxpayer in the first customs duty case ever to be heard before the Supreme Court.

After only a few years of operation, Field Court Tax Chambers has established itself as a set with β€˜wide-ranging expertise’. Through significant experience in tax litigation and advisory work, members are well-suited to undertake β€˜complex, multifaceted engagements’. Patrick Way QC acted for the taxpayer in the first residence case to be won by the taxpayer in 30 years.

β€˜A comprehensive tax set’, Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers has β€˜perhaps the top advisory practice at the Bar’ and has continued to be involved in major tax cases for the Revenue and the taxpayer. Michael Jones had a particularly standout year, having acted in some politically salient tax avoidance cases, in addition to appearing alongside David Goldberg QC in a case concerning the corporate tax treatment of VAT repayments.

β€˜Thoroughly impressive at senior and junior levels’, Monckton Chambers is β€˜very strong in the indirect tax space and makes a point to be user-friendly’. For some, the set is β€˜go-to in VAT cases where there is a European angle’. Of particular note, Melanie Hall QC acted in a test case for all local authorities in the UK involving the provision of sports and leisure facilities at discounted VAT rates.

With a β€˜strong’ reputation, Old Square Tax Chambers houses a group of active advocates and also has β€˜very helpful’ tax advisory capabilities. Indeed, Amanda Hardy QC continued to advise The Guernsey State on the renegotiation of the Guernsey/UK double tax treaty. The set does, in fact, have particular expertise in cross-border tax and exchange treaties, and also has strengths in pensions tax and the tax treatment of intangible financial assets.

As the β€˜strongest tax set by some margin’, Pump Court Tax Chambers is regularly instructed by the leading tax solicitors and thus continues to find itself involved in some of the most high-profile EU and UK tax cases. Several members were involved in the Franked Investment Income (FII) GLO appeal litigation, and Kevin Prosser QC and Richard Vallat appeared on opposite sides in UBS v HMRC, concerning the treatment of income tax on non-monetary company bonuses. The set is also β€˜particularly strong on indirect tax issues’.

Temple Tax Chambers β€˜certainly deserves its recognition as a standout set at the tax Bar’. From IPT and MTIC fraud to real estate tax and VAT litigation, the set handles the full gamut of indirect tax cases. On the corporate tax side, chambers has a number of highly rated juniors acting for the taxpayer in cases involving issues such as accelerated payment notices.

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