David Anderson > PwC LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile


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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:

  • United Biscuits (Pension Trustees) [2017] EWHC 2895 (Ch) and currently before the CJEU (C-235/10)
  • Wellcome Trust [2018] UKFTT 599 (TC) and currently before the CJEU
  • Healthspan [2018] UKFTT 241 (TC) and currently before the CJEU
  • Rank Group [2019] UKUT 100 (TCC)
  • Rank Group [2018] UKFTT 251 (TC)
  • Investment Trust Companies [2017] UKSC 29
  • R. (oao Drax Power Ltd) v HMRC [2016] EWHC 228 (Admin)
  • Infinis Energy Holdings Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 1030
  • Iveco Limited v HMRC [2016] UKUT 263 (TCC)
  • Brother Industries UK Ltd [2016] UKFTT 788 (TC)
  • London Borough of Ealing (C-633/15)
  • Colaingrove Limited (Verandahs) v HMRC [2015] UKUT 2 (TCC)
  • Colaingrove Limited (fuel and power) [2015] UKUT 80 (TCC)
  • WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc v HMRC [2012] UKFTT 366 (TC)
  • Asda Stores Ltd (C-372/06)
  • Helena Housing Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 569
  • Matalan Retail Ltd [2009] EWHC 2046 (Ch)
  • Carlsberg and InBev [2012] EWCA Civ 82

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 > Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

PwC LLP has a large contentious tax team consisting of solicitors, barristers, accredited mediators, CTAs and accountants. The team provides expertise across a number of sectors such as financial services, retail, gaming, manufacturing, telecommunications, leisure and education. The team is frequently involved in tax litigation, tax investigations, transfer pricing and ADR work covering multiple jurisdictions. Stephen Morse leads the practice with experience in direct tax, VAT, transfer pricing and personal taxes. Mark Whitehouse has expertise in tax planning challenges, HRCP cases, corporate tax appeals and judicial reviews. David Anderson  is well-versed in contentious and non-contentious matters.

London > Corporate and commercial > Customs and excise

PwC LLP‘s indirect tax disputes team brings together litigators, tax advisers and accountants to advise across a full range of customs and excise matters. The team, many of whom have previously worked in industry or at HMRC, regularly handles complex, multi-jurisdictional customs and excise investigations and litigation and advises on the interpretation of international trade-related treaties. The team is led by David Anderson, who has more than 20 years’ experience of indirect tax and also includes environmental tax specialist Jayne Harrold.

London > Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax

As a law firm within a much larger accountancy firm, PwC LLP benefits from having a wide pool of experts to draw from. Its team includes a number of lawyers who specialise in environmental taxes, supported by an environmental regulation team, an area of growing prominence. The team is led by David Anderson, who has more than two decades of experience in this area and a track record of work on prominent cases, including the St George’s University case regarding the ‘complex supply’ of students from multiple jurisdictions and how this relates to tax law.