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  1. Tax: corporate – Leading sets
  2. Tax: corporate – Leading silks
  3. Tax: corporate – 2017 silks
  4. Tax: corporate – 2018 silks
  5. Tax: corporate – Leading juniors
  6. Tax: VAT – Leading sets
  7. Tax: VAT – Leading silks
  8. Tax: VAT – 2018 silks
  9. Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

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All members of 11 New Square are noted as β€˜of the highest quality’; a feature of chambers exemplified by Hui Ling McCarthy QC, who took silk in 2018 and has been involved in multiple stand-out cases, including Derry v HMRC, HM Revenue and Customs v Lomas & others, Tesco v HMRC and Paya Ltd & Tim Wilcox Ltd v HMRC, all of which concluded successfully for the taxpayer. On the VAT side, Jonathan Peacock QC is representing the taxpayer in Hutchison 3G UK Ltd v HMRC.

β€˜Great set’ 39 Essex Chambers is β€˜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.

Blackstone Chambers has β€˜an incredible depth of skill’ in relation to both corporate and indirect tax matters. Sam Grodzinski QC is instructed in numerous high-profile cases, most notably acting for Uber in Maugham v HMRC. Several members are also irregularly instructed by HMRC, including James Eadie QC, Gemma White QC and Simon Pritchard.

β€˜Under strong leadership’, Devereux β€˜stands out as one of the strongest tax sets’, with able members at both silk and junior level; furthermore, its clerks are noted as β€˜superb’. Members routinely act for both HMRC and taxpayers, for which they handle both contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Jolyon Maugham QC represented Tottenham Hotspur against HMRC, successfully arguing that payments to two players were not from employment. Members were also involved in R (Glencore) v HMRC and Marathon Oil v HMRC.

The barristers at Essex Court Chambers are β€˜experts in the field of VAT and customs’ and β€˜can be relied upon to give the best advice’ to clients seeking to resolve tax issues. Members are predominantly instructed by tax payers in disputes with HMRC. Roderick Cordara QC and David Scorey QC are the go-to names in chambers, while Edmund King QC and Jern-Fei Ng QC took silk in 2018.

Field Court Tax Chambers is a specialist tax set, members of which are regularly instructed by governments, multinational enterprises, wealthy individuals, charities, celebrities and tax authorities. Niche areas of expertise include double taxation and tax-related human rights law. Co-founder Patrick Way QC has expansive UK court experience and has also appeared before the Privy Council. Imran Afzal successfully represented the revenue before the Supreme Court in Littlewoods Ltd and others v HMRC in a case revolving around the availability of compound interest where taxpayers have overpaid.

Gray's Inn Tax Chambers is a β€˜well-established and highly talented set’ with some β€˜very senior silks and up-and-coming juniors’. Nicola Shaw QC represents clients in some of the leading contentious tax cases, at the highest levels, including in judicial reviews and before the Court of Justice of the European Union; she is currently representing Electronic Arts at the appeal stage of its dispute with HMRC regarding transfer-pricing of its inter-company licensing arrangements. Laurent Sykes QC is often instructed on customs duty cases and led Hasbro’s successful appeal in Hasbro European Trading BV v Revenue & Customs.

Monckton Chambers is β€˜an outstanding set for tax disputes work’, with barristers who are consistently β€˜accessible, helpful and technically very sound’. Members primarily focus on indirect tax law and routinely act for both the taxpayer and HMRC in cases with EU, human rights and public law dimensions. Melanie Hall QC is a clear leader in the space. George Peretz QC is currently acting for Jolyon Maugham QC and the Good Law Project in Maugham v HMRC; a test case challenging HMRC’s acceptance that Uber is not liable to charge VAT on supplies of its cabs in London.

Pump Court Tax Chambers is regarded as β€˜the pre-eminent set for tax advice and litigation’; its members possessing β€˜a wealth of experience across the field of tax’. On the corporate tax side, a number of senior members were involved in Prudential v HMRC and the MODS Group Litigation. In terms of VAT, David Milne QC successfully represented the taxpayer in Investment Trust Companies Ltd v HMRC. Jonathan Bremner QC and Richard Vallat QC took silk in 2018.

Temple Tax Chambers is a boutique tax set with members who specialise in the spectrum of tax issues, predominantly representing taxpayers in disputes with HMRC. A number of members also have an international practice that focuses on non-domiciliary rules, and continue to advise on double-tax disputes. On the indirect side, members are currently instructed on cases involving missing trader fraud and the abuse of VAT rules on cross-border transactions within the EU.

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