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Chambers of Milton Grundy
Gray's Inn Tax Chambers
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Specialises in corporate tax, partnership tax, and VAT, and fundamental questions in any area of taxation. Strong litigation practice for heavyweight clients. Broad spectrum of tax and VAT advisory work: banking, financial services and insurance; commercial and residential property; media and IP; betting and gaming. Tax cases include: EMI Group v Coldicott [1997] CA; Walker v Centaur Clothes Group [2000] House of Lords; Venables v Hornby [2003] House of Lords; News Datacom v Atkinson [2006] SpC; HMRC v Lansdowne Partners [2010] HC; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP v Information Commissioner [2011] UT; R (Prudential plc) v Special Commissioner [2013] UKSC; Trustees of BT Pension Scheme v HMRC [2016] CA and CJEU; R (Shiner) v HMRC [2011] CA; Drachs Investment v Brightsea [2012] CA; Burgess v HMRC [2015] UT. VAT cases include: Water Hall Group v C&EC [2003] VAT Trib; Spearmint Rhino v HMRC [2006] VAT Trib; Case C-89/05 United Utilities v C&EC [2006] ECJ; Case C-308/01 C&EC v GIL Insurance [2004] ECJ; HMRC v Portsmouth Football Club [2011] STC 683; R (Economic Development Minister of States of Jersey) v HM Treasury [2012] HC.


Called 1994, Lincoln’s Inn.




Chancery Bar Association; Revenue Bar Association.


Eton College (King’s Scholar); Merton College, Oxford (MA 2(1)).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Within: Tax: VAT Leading juniors -

Conrad McDonnell

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers

Technically excellent; can make extremely complicated areas of law easy to understand.

Within: Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors -

Conrad McDonnell

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers

Technically excellent; can make extremely complicated areas of law easy to understand.

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 impressive‘ Nicola 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 litigator‘ Michael Firth stands out for providing ‘consistently incisive and considered opinions‘.