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Robert Waterson

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Tax disputes resolution group.


Robert is a Partner in RPC's tax disputes group. He is a specialist tax litigator with experience at all levels of the UK courts and tribunals and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Robert has particular experience in relation to group association and group litigation matters. Acting for both corporate and private clients, his practice comprises all aspects of company and personal taxation including HMRC investigations, the taxation of pensions and VAT, with particular emphasis on claims and disputes involving matters of public (Judicial Review) and EU law.


HMRC Solicitor's Office 2007-2008; Dorsey & Whitney (Europe) LLP 2008-2013; Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP 2013-2014; RPC, Legal Director (2014 to 2019); Partner 2019.


Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn


Canon Slade Secondary School, Bolton; University College London (History BA); BPP Waterloo, PGDL; BPP Holborn, BVC (Lincoln's Inn, Lord Denning Scholarship); Called to Bar 2007; Kaplan Altior, QLTT 2010

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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