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Chambers of Andrew Burns KC


Howard is an experienced specialist in tax, excise and other customs duties, public law, business crime, anti-money laundering regulations, health & safety, and regulatory work. He is regularly instructed in the Tax Tribunals, Administrative Court, and Crown Court.

Howard’s significant tax practice has seen him advise on and appear in cases concerning most aspects of VAT. Howard also has an increasing direct tax practice and is currently instructed in various corporation tax and pension scheme cases.

Complementary to his tax practice, Howard has significant expertise in business crime. He specialises in advisory and advocacy work in civil and criminal fraud cases, with particular expertise in allegations of fraud and other wrongdoing associated with VAT, excise and other customs duties.

Howard is a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel.


Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel

SFO Prosecution and Proceeds of Crime Panel B

CPS Organised Crime, Specialist Fraud and Proceeds of Crime Level 2

Appointed as a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber)


Hardwicke Scholar & Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn

BVC (Outstanding), BPP Law School

BA Hons in English (1st Class), Peterhouse, Cambridge University

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Tax: VAT and excise

With experienced members advising across the entire field of VAT and indirect tax matters, Devereux acts for high-profile companies, professional clients, individual taxpayers as well as the UK government. The set’s tax team has been bolstered by the addition of Howard Watkinson from 2 Hare Court, who appeared before the Court of Appeal in Eynsham Cricket Club v HMRC, a complex VAT charity case regarding whether community amateur sports clubs were eligible for zero-rating relief. Barrie Akin acted for the appellant in Mitchell & Bell v HMRC, the Upper Tribunal considering not only a company overclaiming VAT credits in suspicious circumstances but also complicated procedural matters, specifically the exclusion of evidence and disclosure of potentially significant documents. Felicity Cullen KC is a key name at silk level.