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Adam Craggs

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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) [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.

London: Corporate and commercial

Customs and Excise

Within: Customs and Excise

RPC¬†has a ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô customs and excise team, which is ‚Äėhighly capable of handling anti-dumping work‚Äô. The group has wide ranging experience on the non-contentious side, including on the optimisation of compliance, tariff classification, origin, valuation, repayment and remission of duty. On the contentious front, ‚Äėgood litigator‚Äô Robert Waterson¬†assists clients in disputes with HMRC, such as enquiries and investigations, and litigation before tax tribunals, up to the Supreme Court. ‚ÄėTechnically excellent‚Äô Michelle Sloane¬†is the honorary legal advisor to the Bonded Warehousekeepers Association, assisting the organisation‚Äôs members with all legal queries regarding HMRC issues, excise duty an supply chain matters. Adam Craggs¬†heads the group and sits in the tax litigation department.

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London: Dispute resolution

Tax litigation and investigations

Within: Tax litigation and investigations

The tax litigation and investigations team at RPC is led by former HMRC solicitor, Adam Craggs, who has significant experience in both direct and indirect tax dispute resolution, as well as tax enquiries and criminal tax investigations, EU law and business tax. Craggs is representing Coca-Cola European Partners (Great Britain) and 150 of its employees in relation to a dispute with HMRC concerning the tax treatment of vehicles used by employees during the course of their work; a case which is now at appeal in the Upper Tribunal. He is also acting for Newcastle United Football Club in HMRC's investigation into suspected non-payment of income tax, national insurance contributions and VAT in respect of agents' fees in player transfers. Other clients include Sports Direct, Greene King and Merlin Entertainments Group. Legal director Robert Waterson and senior associate Michelle Sloane are also recommended.

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