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Rupert Shiers

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For fifteen years, Rupert has navigated complex HMRC discussions and tax litigation for corporates, individuals and pension funds, and is the Leader of our Tax Disputes team in the UK and Europe.

Beyond navigation, Rupert provides technical knowledge in areas many group tax functions have not needed to develop themselves: taxpayer rights and HMRC powers, tax statutory interpretation, tax public law, tax-related evidence and procedure. His commercial approach has made him a valuable extension to in-house tax teams on a wide-range of projects.

London: Corporate and commercial

VAT and indirect tax

Within: VAT and indirect tax

Hogan Lovells International LLP's indirect tax department is representing Citibank in its appeal against an HMRC assessment requiring the company to meet the cost of a VAT fraud committed by other parties. It is also advising eBay, following press coverage of the evasion of VAT by its service-users, on UK legislation and its attendance at a Public Accounts Committee hearing. Other clients include British American Tobacco and Mercedes Benz Financial Services. Key individuals include 'very experienced senior partner' and global co-head of tax Karen Hughes , 'measured and deeply technical' Rupert Shiers and Elliot Weston, who specialises in SDLT issues. Lee Squires left the department in June 2018.

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London: Dispute resolution

Tax litigation and investigations

Within: Leading individuals

Rupert Shiers - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Within: Tax litigation and investigations

The 'first-class' team at Hogan Lovells International LLP demonstrates 'superlative professionalism', handling the spectrum of tax disputes. 'Deeply technically able' Rupert Shiers leads the team and has particular experience in navigating HMRC discussions and tax litigation. Her is currently representing Ball UK Holdings at the appeal stage of its dispute with HMRC concerning historic corporation tax planning. Ruth Grant is acting for British American Tobacco in its tax tribunal appeal against HMRC's attempt to impose tax penalties on the client for alleged failure to prevent tobacco smuggling. Tom Mcfarlane leads the transfer pricing team and supply chain team, which includes Graham Poole, who is noted for his 'depth of knowledge' and 'invaluable practical application of the arms-length principle'. Lee Squires left for Grant Thornton UK LLP in June 2018, while Kevin Ashman retired in June 2017.

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