Christopher Stone > Chambers of Andrew Burns KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Andrew Burns KC
Devereux
QUEEN ELIZABETH BUILDING, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 9BS
England

Position

Chris Stone is a highly rated barrister specialising in the areas of employment, tax and commercial litigation.

Employment: Chris’ practice covers all areas of employment and discrimination law. He often appears in multi-day discrimination and whistleblowing hearings in the Tribunals and advises on and acts in restrictive covenant cases in the High Court. He was lead junior in the Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation. 

Tax: Chris acts for HMRC and taxpayers in a broad range of direct tax disputes. Specialisms include: residence and domicile; deductibility of expenses; and taxation of employment (including employment status, intermediaries and termination). Cases include: Gaines-Cooper (Supreme Court); Daniel, Mertrux and Hargreaves (CoA); Samadian, Duckmanton, McLaren, Ramsay and Hargreaves (UT); G4S (FTT).

Chris is instructed in general commercial matters, particularly professional negligence and sports disputes.

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

Career

Appointed to Treasury Panel of Counsel (B Panel) in September 2016. Called 2007; Droop Scholar at Lincoln’s Inn. Educated St. Anne’s College, Oxford and Australian National University. Before coming to the Bar, Chris was a strategy consultant at Accenture and then M&A Manager at News International. This background supports his commercial and practical approach to legal issues.

Publications: Contributing author to Bloomsbury Professional’s Discrimination Law.

Languages

Conversational French.

Memberships

ELA, RBA, LCLCBA, COMBAR, PNBA

Leisure

President Kew Occasionals RF

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: personal tax

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Christopher StoneDevereux ‘Christopher is very responsive, and always gives detailed advice with practical suggestions.’

Devereux has an ‘excellent tax team’ with a ‘very good range of juniors to back up its excellent silks’. Felicity Cullen KC is ‘loved by her clients for her robust advice’ and her work often involves advising high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals. Aparna Nathan KC gives ‘incredibly clear and well thought out advice on tax problems’ and is working with the HMRC on a matter related to the issuance of an accelerated payment notice in relation to PAYE income. Akash Nawbatt KC is currently representing HMRC in a multi-million-pound domicile and residence appeal that also involves transfer of assets abroad and settlement issues. Marika Lemos is regarded as ‘one of the best junior tax counsel on the market’, while the ‘very affable’. Christopher Stone has a high-profile tax litigation practice which covers key private client topics, such as residence and domicile, and relief from inheritance tax and capital gains tax.

London Bar > Tax: corporate

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher Stone – Devereux ‘Chris is helpful, articulate, technically brilliant, has a great client manner and is very responsive. Chris gives pragmatic advice.’

Devereux is a ‘formidably strong tax set’, with a broad practice which makes them a popular choice for HMRC. Timothy Brennan KC has experience in all areas of corporate tax, in addition to his employment law credentials. ‘Thorough, incisiveFelicity Cullen KC has a practice which includes both advisory and contentious work, and is particularly active for private individuals and owner managed businesses. Akash Nawbatt KC, who is described as ‘commercial and thorough and highly collaborative’, regularly represents HMRC, as in the highly publicised HMRC v Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, where he led Sebastian Purnell in a matter concerning the correct tax treatment of professional football referees. Aparna Nathan KC has a high profile litigation practice, and has been active for HMRC on multiple matters in the last year. Christopher Stone is building a taxpayer-focused practice, and appeared as sole advocate for HMRC in the Supreme Court in R (Haworth) v HMRC, in which the taxpayer was challenging the lawfulness of a follower notice.

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Christopher StoneDevereuxCommercial, easy to deal with, client friendly, and will be a KC before long.