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Michael Anderson

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Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP

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Partner; Tax Disputes


Michael has been a partner JHA since its inception. He has more than 20 years of litigation experience and for more than 15 years he has specialised in tax related disputes. He handles complex high value cases, often involving foreign jurisdictions.

Michael has represented clients at all levels of the UK courts and tax tribunals, as well as before the Court of Justice of the European Union. He has particular experience in running Group Litigation Orders, having acted on most of the tax-related GLOs involving challenges to UK tax legislation based on EU law infringements.

He writes frequently for The Tax Journal and other legal and tax publications.


Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, 1997


College of Law – LPC

University of Cambridge – BA

London: Dispute resolution

Tax litigation and investigations

Within: Tax litigation and investigations

Tax litigation boutique Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP is noted for its dominant position in the UK tax disputes market, enabled by its concentration of 'star individuals'. The group, which combines expertise from the Bar alongside solicitors and other experts including forensic accountants, handles complex domestic and cross-border tax disputes across a range of industry sectors for clients including Marks & Spencer,  Exxon and Sony. Founding partner Graham Aaronson QC leads the tax litigation tea, and specialises in commercial taxation - with a particular focuses on transfer pricing, oil and gas tax, life assurance office tax, structured finance, EU law and state aid. Vastly experienced Simon Whitehead is often instructed on contentious corporation tax matters, while Paul Farmer stands out for work involving European law and international tax. The group is currently representing British American Tobacco in the test case in the FII Group Litigation, which comprises 25 long-running claims by UK-headquartered multinationals challenging the UK's dividend taxation scheme and related issues. It is also acting for Prudential as the test claimant in the CFC and Dividend Group litigation, challenging the lawfulness of the UK's taxation of portfolio dividends and pension fund income. Other key names include Daniel Margolin QC, Michael Anderson, Ray McCann and 'solution-oriented' senior associate Helen McGhee who is singled out for her expertise in technical trust and offshore company matters. Former associate Philippe Freund joined Fieldfisher at partner-level in July 2018.

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United Kingdom: Tax (3rd edition)

October 2018. By Michael Anderson, Partner

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to tax laws and regulations that may occur in the  United Kingdom . It will cover witholding tax, transfer pricing, the OECD model, GAAR, tax disputes and an overview of the jurisdictional regulatory authorities. This Q&A is part of the global guide to Tax. [Continue Reading]

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