Adam Craggs > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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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)  STC 751 – Judicial Review application relating to HMRC’s information powers and legal professional privilege; Laird Group Plc v CIR  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  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.
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.
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.
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.
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 operator‘ Sam 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 ‘hardworking‘ Lucy 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.
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.
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.
- Customs and excise - London > Corporate and commercial
- Tax litigation and investigations - London > Dispute resolution
- VAT and indirect tax - London > Corporate and commercial
- Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) - London > Risk advisory
- Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) - London > Crime, fraud and licensing
- Administrative and public law - London > Public sector
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- Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts
- Risk advisory > Corporate governance
- Private client > Art and cultural property
- Public sector > Education: schools
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management
- Industry focus > Retail and consumer
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Corporate and commercial > Customs and excise
- Employment > Health and safety
- Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Insurance > Product liability: defendant
- Insurance > Professional negligence
- Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations
- Industry focus > TMT
- Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax
- Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium
- Employment > Employers
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Corporate and commercial > Partnership
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Dispute resolution > Competition litigation
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- Insurance > Personal injury: defendant
- Dispute resolution > Professional discipline
- Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Public sector > Administrative and public law
- Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency