Mr George Rowell > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite KC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite KC
Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW

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George is a commercial barrister specialising in tax disputes, professional negligence, and insolvency. He combines heavy-weight advocacy experience with in-depth tax and commercial knowledge. In the field of tax he regularly advises on VAT, IHT, CGT, employment-related taxes, and penalties. His professional negligence practice has a particular focus on claims against accountants, tax advisors, and IFAs. He also acts in insolvency cases, especially those with a tax dimension.

George previously worked as an in-house lawyer for HMRC, before transferring to independent practice. Since then, he has been a member of the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Counsel since 2008 and appears for and against HMRC and other Government departments.

George is also a contributing editor of Simon Taxes and co-author of Tax Penalties (Sweet & Maxwell, Practitioner Tax Library, 2017).  He is consistently rated as a Leading Junior in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Chambers & Partners describes him as ‘an impressive and persuasive advocate who is quick on his feet’, while Legal 500 says he is ‘recommended for tax and professional negligence matters.


Called, 2004, Awarded the Hardwicke Award by Lincoln’s Inn; Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (2008), Government Legal Service.


Chancery Bar Association


MA (Oxon), Dip. Law, MA in Law (City)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

George Rowell – Exchange ChambersGeorge is very bright and knows how to work with his instructing solicitors. He has a tax specialism which is very useful in certain types of claim, such as professional negligence. He is confident for a junior and doesn’t sit on the fence.’

The ‘fantastic’ Exchange Chambers is praised as ‘a strong set and one of the go-to sets in Manchester.’ Professional negligence specialist George Rowell has a strong background in tax law, and he mostly acts in claims against accountants and tax advisors, in addition to disputes involving solicitors, IFAs and surveyors. James Malam has significant expertise acting across a range of disputes for both claimants and defendants, including claims against those in the legal and financial services, as well as in niche professions such as agronomists.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

George Rowell  – Exchange Chambers ‘George is very bright, user friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable in the areas of insolvency law and tax avoidance schemes. He is responsive, measured, client friendly and personable.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

George Rowell – Exchange ChambersGeorge has technical expertise and is also able to empathise with clients, which is a valuable skill in this arena.’

Members at Exchange Chambers thrive in Chancery, probate and tax law matters. Scott Redpath and George Rowell both have expertise in tax law mandates, and John Waiting is noted for his work in property, company law, wills and probate. Andrew Williams has a property-based Chancery practice and Andrew Vinson has expertise in company, insolvency, property and contractual matters.