Mr Michael Lewis Firth > Chambers of Milton Grundy > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Milton Grundy
Gray's Inn Tax Chambers
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Advice and litigation relating to all areas of taxation (business taxation, employment taxation, capital taxes, IHT, VAT and international taxation), as well as advisory and contentious work on commercial law (contract, tort, unjust enrichment and trusts).


Called 2011: Lincoln’s Inn; barrister Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers. Publications include ‘Disguised Employee Remuneration’ (Tax Planning 2013/14, Bloomsbury); ‘A trap for remittance-basis taxpayers: the situs of choses in action’ (GITC Review 2012); ‘Taxation of Jointly Owned Property’ (GITC Review, 2013); ‘Tax Superpositions’ (GITC Review, 2014); ‘Watch out’ on the GAAR and personal trading companies (Taxation Magazine, 2013); ‘Sauce for the Goose’ (Taxation Magazine, 2013); ‘If it’s broke, fix it’ (Taxation Magazine, 2013).


Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby; Exeter College, Oxford (BA, 1st Class Jurisprudence); Harris Manchester College, Oxford (BCL (Distinction) – specialising in business and personal taxation); passed all CTA exams (domestic VAT, cross-border VAT, stamp taxes, and other indirect taxes).


Rock climbing, rugby, football (Liverpool FC) and playing music.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

(Tax: VAT Leading juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Michael FirthGray’s Inn Tax ChambersVery intelligent, cuts through to the core of the issue with ease and provides commercial cost-effective advice.

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‘.