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Chambers of Andrew Burns KC


Barrie Akin’s practice takes him into all areas of revenue law and he has wide experience in all its fields with a particular interest in business, financial and cross-border tax issues and the interaction of taxation and accountancy principles. On the advisory side, he assists both corporate and personal clients on a wide range of issues. For example, he has recently advised a liquidator on complex corporation tax issues arising out of post-cessation receipts and has advised executors on the optimum strategy for securing Inheritance Tax reliefs for a complex high value estate with unusual features. The disputes side of his practice involves him in all aspects of tax litigation, including advising on strategy and tactics, the drafting of correspondence and pleadings, settlement negotiations and appearing before the Tax Tribunals and the courts.

For more information on Barrie’s practice and latest case highlights, please consult his full Devereux profile


Called to the Bar in 1976 following which he trained as a chartered accountant, specialising in taxation. Before joining Devereux in 2014 he practised at Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers and was a tax partner in the London office of Ernst & Young for ten years.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: personal tax

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Barrie AkinDevereuxBarrie is very forensic and detailed and always reliable.

London Bar > Tax: corporate

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Barrie Akin – Devereux ‘Barrie is very forensic and detailed and always reliable. He is good in front of clients.’

London Bar > Tax: VAT and excise

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Barrie Akin Devereux

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.