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David is a partner and leads the indirect tax team at PwC, who were winners at the 2014 Tax Awards. He previously spent a period with HM Customs & Excise Solicitor’s Office and with KPMG. He specialises in advice and litigation of all indirect taxes including VAT, customs duty, excise duties, hydrocarbon oils, landfill tax and aggregates levy. He has worked with clients in a wide variety of industry areas which include manufacturing, housing, telecommunications, local authorities, financial services and food and drink industries and has represented clients at all stages of the court structure up to and including the Court of Justice of the European Union. His reported cases include Helena Housing Ltd [2010] UKFTT 71 (TC), Asda Stores Ltd [2007] EUECJ C-372106, Colaingrove Limited [2013] UKFTT 116(TC), Colaingrove Limited [2013] UKFTT 312 (TC’ and WM Mnrrisnnc S”pern r1et PLC [2O12 UKFTT 266(TC), gecu LeJ HMRC [2013] UKFTT 763 (TC), Taylor Wimpey Plc v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2015] UKFTT 74 (TC) and [2014] UKFTT 575 (TC) & (on The application of Drax Power Ltd) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and others [2014] EWHC 2377(Admin).

David is a regular speaker at tax conferences and seminars.


Joined the Solicitor’s Office of HM Customs and Excise as an Executive Officer in 1989 and later became a Trainee Solicitor. Qualified in 1999 on joining Kent Jones and Done to undertake commercial litigation before moving back into indirect tax litigation in an inhouserole in KPMG LLP in 2000. Joined PwC Legal’s tax litigation team as partner in 2011 to further develop their nationwide practice. CTA qualified.


Law Society
Chartered Institute of Taxation
Associate of the Institute of Indirect Taxation
Member of the VAT Practitioners Group.


St George’s School, Hong Kong; City of Birmingham Polytechnic (1989 BA (Hons) Sociology 2(1)); Staffordshire University (1995 Graduate Diploma in Law – commendation; 1997 Legal Practice Course – distinction).


Classic cars, Stoke City FC, gardening and travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax

PwC LLP fields ‘a highly effective team of solicitors, in-house barristers and accountants‘. Its practice is centred on indirect tax disputes, and advice to a wide range of high-profile corporates on their dealings with HMRC, as well as litigation. The department is led by David Anderson, who has significant experience of obtaining VAT refunds and reimbursements. Jayne Harrold leads on environment tax matters for clients such as utilities companies, renewable energy generators, landfill site operators and other industrial sector companies.

London > Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

At PwC LLPMark Whitehouse heads up the direct tax disputes practice, which has outstanding expertise in group litigation orders. David Anderson leads the indirect tax team, which has a particular focus on contentious VAT. The department is able to draw on the presence of in-house barristers, including Stephen Morse, who are able to appear before the courts and tribunals on matters relating to direct and indirect tax issues, transfer pricing and personal tax. It is also home to solicitors with chartered accountancy certification, such as Peter Johnson, who focuses on international corporate tax disputes.

London > Corporate and commercial > Customs and excise

PwC LLP‘s team has strong experience of customs and excise investigations and litigation, as well as advising on the interpretation and operation of international treaties. The group is led by veteran tax litigator David Anderson, whose clients encompass retailers, manufacturers and local authorities. Manager Prinal Nathwani is noted as ‘an effective litigator, and a pleasure to work with‘, focusing on contentious customs and excise issues and aggregates levy matters.