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Chambers of Timothy Brennan QC

QUEEN ELIZABETH BUILDING, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9BS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7353 7534
Fax:
Fax 020 7353 5150
DX:
349 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.devereuxchambers.co.uk

Christopher Stone

Tel:
Work 020 7353 7534
Email:
Web:
www.devereuxchambers.co.uk/barristers/profile/christopher-stone
Devereux (Chambers of Timothy Brennan QC)

Position

Chris is a highly rated barrister specialising in the areas of employment, tax and commercial litigation. He regularly handles high value and multi-day tribunal and High Court claims in those areas. Chris has particular expertise in cases that straddle employment and tax, such as employment status, the national minimum wage and intermediaries legislation. Significant recent cases include:

  • The Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation – High Court group litigation in which Chris has been the lead junior for the defendants since 2014.
  • JLT v Craven and Seahorse Maritime v Nautilus – employment cases in the Court of Appeal in which Chris appeared unled against silks.
  • R(Haworth) v HMRC (follower notices); Hargreaves v HMRC (discovery assessments); Christa Ackroyd Media v HMRC (IR35); Arron Banks v HMRC (human rights act and EU law); Mackay v HMRC, McCabe v HMRC (residence).

For more information on his practice and latest case highlights, please consult the ‘barristers’ section on www.devereuxchambers.co.uk.

Career

Called 2007. Strategy consultant with Accenture 2002-06; Mergers and Acquisitions manager, News International 2007-08; Attorney General’s B Panel 2016.
Publications: Contributing author to Bloomsbury Professional's Discrimination Law. 

Languages

Conversational French.

Member

ELA, RBA, LCLCBA, PNBA

Education

Trent College; St Anne’s College, Oxford University (2001 MA (Oxon) History and Economics); Australian National University (2002 MA International Affairs).

Leisure

President Kew Occasionals RF


London Bar

Employment

Within: Leading Juniors

Christopher Stone - Devereux ‘ ‘An extremely impressive technical lawyer, who is an excellent choice for a respondent facing a discrimination claim or litigant in person.’ ’

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Private client: personal tax

Within: Leading Juniors

Christopher Stone - Devereux ‘ Has unrivalled experience of advising and litigating on individual residence and domicile status. ’

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Within: Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Christopher Stone - Devereux ‘ He has a good, succinct writing style and is very user-friendly from the client’s perspective since he is always efficient and responsive. ’

Within: Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Members of Devereux are instructed in contentious and non-contentious direct and indirect tax cases. Able to draw on their wider expertise in employment law, commercial disputes, and professional negligence in cross-over matters, the set is able to assist clients in matters involving the minimum wage and employment status, as well as on the tax aspects of negligence claims against promoters of fraudulent tax schemes. Members have been involved in several standout cases, including HMRC v Higgins, where Christopher Stone appeared for the Revenue before the Upper Tribunal, in a case concerning the application of principal private residence relief from capital gains tax on the disposal of a main residence. In PGMOL v HMRC, a case in which Jolyon Maugham QC and Georgia Hicks appeared for the taxpayer, they successfully argued before the First-tier Tribunal that 'National Group' referees in major sporting leagues are self-employed Felicity Cullen QC is a key name, with a client list that includes a number of owner-managed businesses. Aparna Nathan QC took silk in 2019.

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