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Gary Ashford

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Gary is a partner in the tax department, assisting high-net-worth, trust and corporate clients with complex tax matters, with a particular expertise on offshore issues. He is an expert in serious tax investigations and large tax disputes, with particular expertise in offshore taxation matters and developments in Global Transparency and the various FACTA, Inter Governmental Agreements. Gary is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and sits on CIOT Council. He was past chairman of the CIOT Management of taxes sub committee and a current member of the Professional Standards subcommittee. He is also a Committee Member of the ICAEW Tax Investigation Practitioners Group. Gary represents CIOT on the Professional Affairs Committee of the Confederation Fiscale Europeen (CFE), the umbrella body for tax advisers in Europe, and sits on the CFE general assembly.


Corporate Tax Inspector, HM Revenue & Customs; Tax Investigations team, Ernst & Young; Head of Tax Investigations Midlands, Grant Thornton; National Head of Tax Investigations (Partner), RSM Tenon; Partner, Kinetic Partners; Partner, Harbottle & Lewis (joined 2014).


Gary is past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s (ClOT) Management of Taxes Technical Sub Committee and is a full member Council, the ClOT’s governing body and the Professional Standards Committee. Gary is also author of Bloomsbury’s Serious Tax Investigations chapters. Gary represents the ClOT on the General Assembly and Professional Affairs Committee of the Confederation Fiscale Européenne, the association within Europe for Qualified Tax Advisers.

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  • Account of profits v damages: when and why does it matter?

    Since 2007, Experience Hendrix LLC(Hendrix) and Times Newspapers Ltd (Times) have been litigating over the intellectual property rights (IPR) in a recording of a Jimi Hendrix concert that took place at the Royal Albert Hall in February 1969. In September 2006 Times distributed a free CD, or covermount, with each edition of The Sunday Times . A claim was issued against Times in March 2007 for infringement of copyright and performers’ rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. In March 2008 the High Court held that Times had infringed the IPR in the recording and Hendrix elected to have an inquiry as to damages in respect of that infringement. The case has given rise to some complex issues as to the basis for the quantification of damages, and the inquiry is due to be heard next year, but the case is also a reminder of more general considerations in relation to remedies in IPR cases, and why the basis for quantification of those remedies can have far reaching consequences for a successful claimant.

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