Adam Craggs > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Tax disputes resolution group.


Adam is a partner and head of RPC’s tax disputes group. He is also an accredited mediator and advises on a wide range of contentious tax issues (both direct and indirect taxes), including HMRC enquiries and criminal investigations, litigation before the Tax Tribunals and the Higher Courts.

Notable cases include: R v IRC ex parte Mark Basil Andrew Lorimer (No 2) [2000] STC 751 – Judicial Review application relating to HMRC’s information powers and legal professional privilege; Laird Group Plc v CIR [2003] 4 All ER 669 – whether payment of a dividend was a ‘transaction in securities’ within section 703 ICTA 1988; Robert Gains-Cooper v Commissioners for HMRC (2006) Sp C No 00568 – residency and domicile; test claimants in the Thin Cap Litigation v CIR (2007) Case C-524/04 – whether the UK’s tax provisions in relation to thin capitalisation were in breach of the EC Treaty; Pirelli Cable Holding NV & Ors v Revenue & Customs Commissioners [2008] STC 144 – whether non-resident companies were entitled under the relevant double taxation agreements to tax credits on the subsequent payment by a UK subsidiary of mainstream corporation tax.


Trained Rubinstein Callingham (now Penningtons Manches LLP); qualified 1990; senior legal officer HMRC Solicitor’s Office 1990-2007; partner RPC 2010.


International Fiscal Association.


Farringdon School; Middlesex University; College of Law (Lancaster Gate); LLB Hons (1987); Law Society Finals (1988).


Sport (running, cycling, watching rugby and football); theatre; opera.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

RPC leverages its successful record in corporate crime and regulatory investigations, private prosecutions, and financial crime litigation to act successfully for high-profile individuals facing SFO, FCA, HMRC, and international white-collar proceedings, ranging from interviews under caution through to full-scale representation in criminal trials. The firm represents senior executives, directors, and global high net-worth individuals facing allegations of bribery, corruption, criminal fraud, and sanctions violations, among others. The practice is headed by criminal tax specialist Adam Craggs , financial crime litigator Michelle Sloane , and Sam Tate , a key name for global white-collar investigations.

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

With a strong focus on high-value, complex global investigations, both internal and external, RPC is a strong choice for international clients facing regulatory scrutiny and criminal prosecutions, able to offer expertise across corporate crime and regulatory issues relating to bribery, corruption, trade and export controls, and sanctions, among others. The team is led by ‘savvy operatorSam Tate, who has handled cases brought by the SFO, US DOJ, and FCA, including negotiating two major DPAs, and is able to draw upon the firm’s tax and corporate governance expertise across a variety of sectors. A former HMRC official, Adam Craggs specialises in criminal tax investigations, and Michelle Sloane is a key name for financial crime litigation. At senior associate level, the ‘hardworkingLucy Kerr regularly represents major corporates in financial crime and regulatory investigations, including playing a leading role in DPA negotiations, while Kate Langley has worked as an independent reviewer of DPA compliance alongside advising a number of high-profile clients on regulatory audits, and Alice Kemp, a qualified barrister also admitted in New Zealand, has prosecuted and defended financial crime cases brought by the SFO, as well as handling asset seizure and account freezing orders.

London > Corporate and commercial > Customs and excise

RPC‘s team focuses on tax disputes, advising clients across multiple jurisdictions on direct and indirect tax matters, including customs and excise duty. The practice is led by Adam Craggs, a former solicitor for HMRC, who specialises in inquiries, criminal tax investigations and complex group litigation actions. Michelle Sloane‘s area of focus is in resolving complex tax disputes and advising corporates and high-net-worth individuals. Associate Keziah Mastin joined from HMRC in January 2022.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

Under the expert guidance of Adam Craggs , RPC has carved out a niche leading novel class action judicial review challenges against HMRC; the team is ‘live to the peculiaries which confront clients when tax and adminstrative law meet‘. Recent highlights have included challenges to the legality of HMRC search warrants and arrest powers, as well as claims in relation to national minimum wage legislation.

London > Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

The tax litigation team at RPC has extensive experience in all aspects of HMRC investigations with a particularly strong sports and entertainer client base. The team is instructed in some of the largest UK and European Court of Justice tax cases in addition to representing several taxpayer companies and individuals in public law group actions against HMRC. Adam Craggs heads the practice and has particular expertise in dealing with enquiries and complex tax litigation. Robert Waterson  focuses on multijurisdictional disputes while Michelle Sloane  advises both corporates and high-net worth individuals. Associate Harry Smith has experience across a range of direct and indirect taxes.

London > Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax

RPC has a full-service tax dispute resolution practice which advises on all areas of VAT and indirect tax, including multijurisdictional work. Its work includes litigation, investigations and judicial reviews. The team is led by Adam Craggs, a former employee of HMRC Solicitor’s Office who has 30 years of experience in both indirect and direct tax dispute resolution. Robert Waterson has handled high-profile disputes at all levels of the UK courts as well as the Court of Justice of the European Union. Associate Keziah Mastin joined in January 2022 from HMRC.