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Chambers of Milton Grundy
Gray's Inn Tax Chambers

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax Tier 1

'The Rolls-Royce of tax chambers', Gray's Inn Tax Chambers houses experts in all areas of direct and indirect tax, with members acting for both the taxpayer and the Revenue. Setting the chambers apart, members are regularly instructed on heavyweight advisory work including major cross-border corporate reorganisations and transfer pricing issues. In relation to UK tax, the set has experience of appearing before the UK Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice, while members have also appeared in other jurisdictions, including Hong Kong. 'Hugely impressiveNicola Shaw QC (who is 'highly respected by HMRC and the tax tribunal judges') and David Goldberg QC ('a key player with superb analytical skills and a very engaging advocate') are silks to note; while in terms of juniors, Conrad McDonnell is commended for his 'astonishing intellect' and the 'phenomenal speed with which he is able to deliver advice', while 'exceptional litigatorMichael Firth stands out for providing 'consistently incisive and considered opinions'.

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

David Goldberg QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersRemains a key player at the tax Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Flesch QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersHe commands a lot of respect.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicola Shaw QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersHugely impressive, precise and persuasive in her drafting, and lots of court experience.
Ranked: Tier 2
Laurent Sykes QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersHe empathises with clients but at the same time carries the necessary degree of gravitas.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Nicola Shaw QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersHugely impressive, precise and persuasive in her drafting, and lots of court experience.
Ranked: Tier 1

Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Conrad McDonnell - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersTechnically excellent; can make extremely complicated areas of law easy to understand.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Jones - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersNoted for advisory and litigious tax work.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nikhil Mehta - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersHe is not afraid to roll up his sleeves.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: VAT Leading juniors

Conrad McDonnell - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersTechnically excellent; can make extremely complicated areas of law easy to understand.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Firth - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersVery intelligent, cuts through to the core of the issue with ease and provides commercial cost-effective advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Jones - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersNoted for advisory and litigious tax work.
Ranked: Tier 3

Private client: personal tax Tier 3

Gray's Inn Tax Chambers continues to flourish in all areas of direct tax, indirect tax, and private client work. It frequently acts in some of the most significant cases both for HMRC and for taxpayers. Of note, Nikhil Mehta is dual-qualified in the UK and India.

Leading Silks

David Goldberg QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersIs an excellent silk.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Nikhil Mehta - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersIs a very strong technical tax lawyer and is also very commercially minded.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

When it comes to the arena of high-profile tax disputes, Gray's Inn Tax Chambers is described by instructing solicitors as ‘excellent and provides a first-rate service’, whether it be in relation to direct or indirect taxation. Senior clerk Chris Broom leads ‘a responsive and efficient’ clerks’ room, consisting of deputy senior clerk Ben Stern and first junior clerk Jamie Hall. Offices in: London

The Chambers: Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers is a leading set of specialist tax practitioners. Its members advise on all aspects of UK revenue law and have a long-established expertise in tax litigation before the Tribunals, the Supreme Court, the Privy Council  and certain Commonwealth and foreign jurisdictions. The chambers has a friendly approachable atmosphere and is known for its problem-solving approach to tax matters, seeking to find the optimum way to deal with the tax aspect of transactions ranging from structuring large land development projects and commercial deals to estate planning for farmers and businessmen. Chambers maintains a popular website, which offers a rapid reporting of tax cases. The address is

Members of Chambers: Milton Grundy is Head of Chambers and Chairman of the International Tax Planning Association. David Goldberg QC continues to enjoy an extensive advisory and litigation practice both nationally and internationally. Nicola Shaw QC is much admired for the persuasive power of her arguments before the courts and tribunals. Laurent Sykes QC, who is also a chartered accountant, advises on a number of personal and commercial tax matters, including commercial disputes involving tax.  Nikhil Mehta was formerly a partner in a leading firm of London solicitors and is both a barrister and an Indian advocate. Conrad McDonnell conducts a heavy litigation practice and is Tax Junior of the Year. Michael Jones has a very busy practice and is very highly regarded by the silks with whom he appears. Michael Firth graduated from Oxford University and is a CTA. He is a very experienced junior litigator. Laura Inglis has joined us from the tax department of Slaughter and May and Sam Brodsky from teaching law at Christ Church, Oxford. Harry Winter is the newest member of chambers and has already appeared before the Upper Tribunal.

Types of work undertaken: Members give advice to taxpayers who are in dispute with HMRC, and where litigation is inevitable, appear for them before the tribunals and the court. Members advise private clients on the planning of business and personal affairs. They advise on corporate tax planning, including acquisitions, mergers, takeovers and methods of financing, property transactions, international business, cross-border transactions, offshore and domestic trusts, estate planning and all matters involving direct and indirect taxes, including VAT. Members also advise non-profit organisations, local authorities and charities. Direct Professional Access is accepted from members of the appropriate professional bodies.

Members contribute to the GITC Review, which is published every year and have written, contributed to or edited very many publications including: VAT and Property; British Tax Review; Asset Protection Trusts; Value Added Tax Encyclopaedia; Offshore Business Centres; The Law of Partnership Taxation; the Laws of the Internet; Essays in International Tax Planning; Six Fiscal Fables and various articles on domestic and international tax developments. Some of the members are well known-lecturers in their fields.

Languages spoken include French, Italian and Marathi. Members of chambers advise clients from many countries including Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, Europe, India, the Isle of Man, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US. Members also advise the revenue departments of Commonwealth and other countries on the interpretation of their statutes, and advise and appear for HMRC in the United Kingdom and the Inland Revenue in Hong Kong.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Chris Broom
Head of Chambers GRUNDY, Milton (1954)
Member of Chambers GOLDBERG QC, David (1971)
Member of Chambers SHAW QC, Nicola (1995)
Member of Chambers SYKES QC, Laurent (2007)
Member of Chambers MEHTA, Nikhil (1976)
Member of Chambers McDONNELL, Conrad (1994)
Member of Chambers JONES, Michael (2006)
Member of Chambers FIRTH, Michael (2011)
Member of Chambers INGLIS, Laura (2013)
Member of Chambers BRODSKY, Sam (2017)
Member of Chambers WINTER Harry (2018)
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Sam Brodsky  photo Mr Sam Brodsky
Mr Michael Lewis Firth  photo Mr Michael Lewis Firth
Mr Michael Flesch QC photo Mr Michael Flesch QC
Mr David Goldberg QC photo Mr David Goldberg QC
Mr Milton Grundy  photo Mr Milton Grundy
Ms Laura Kathryn Inglis  photo Ms Laura Kathryn Inglis
Mr Michael Jones  photo Mr Michael Jones
Mr Conrad McDonnell  photo Mr Conrad McDonnell
Mr Nikhil Mehta  photo Mr Nikhil Mehta
Ms Nicola Shaw QC photo Ms Nicola Shaw QC
Mr Laurent Sykes QC photo Mr Laurent Sykes QC