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Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers
GRAY'S INN TAX CHAMBERS
36 QUEEN STREET
LONDON
EC4R 1BN
England

London Bar > Tax: corporate Tier 1

The ‘brilliant’ and ‘well managedGray’s Inn Tax Chambers is a set with significant international reach, active at all levels of the legal system. Members are engaged in both litigation and advisory work, with clients extending from significant multinationals to high-net-worth private individuals. The ‘truly excellent’ Nicola Shaw KC is frequently present before the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal on high-value tax matters. Laurent Sykes KC was successful this year in the significant Quinn v Revenue & Customs Commissioners case, and additionally boasts a range of high-profile private client matters. Nikhil Mehta is noted for his ‘immense experience’, thanks to his history as an Indian tax advocate on top of his career in London. Laura Kathryn Inglis made submissions concerning UK and French tax treatments on behalf of AXA in major insurance case AXA S.A. v Genworth Financial International Holdings, Inc. Michael Firth has also been active, working unled on multiple matters.

Leading Silks

David Goldberg KCGray’s Inn Tax Chambers ‘David is an extremely impressive advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Laurent Sykes KC – Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers ‘Laurent gets to the heart of the issues, with insightful analysis and explanation. This is combined with a forensic approach to ascertaining the facts.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicola Shaw KCGray’s Inn Tax ChambersNicola assimilates facts at lightning speed, is highly technical but capable of distilling the advice to clients in an intelligent and understandable manner.’
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Michael Jones KC – Gray’s Inn Tax ChambersMichael is a star. Smart, sensible and commanding – clients love him and he is super user friendly.’

Leading Juniors

Nikhil Mehta – Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers ‘Nikhil has immense experience across a broad range of taxes. What makes him stand out is his significant transactional background which means that his advice is tailored and commercial while still being technically sound.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Laura Kathryn Inglis – Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers ‘Very thorough and good with clients.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

A very strong set both at junior and KC level.’

Clerking

‘Ben Stern is very responsive, commercial and provides a first-class service.’

‘Very responsive and efficient. They provide a first rate service.’

‘The clerks are quite easy to deal with and responsive.’

‘The clerks are friendly and easy to work with.’

London Bar > Tax: VAT and excise Tier 2

A well-respected tax set, Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers has a strong reputation for its extensive coverage of the indirect tax sector; acting for high-profile private clients and government agencies on complex matters related to VAT, customs and excise duties, landfill and stamp tax and judicial reviews relating to EU VAT law. Nicola Shaw KC has a practice which spans all contentious tax issues, including judicial review and represents clients from the First-Tier Tribunal through to the European Court of Justice. Laurent Sykes KC and Michael Firth represented the claimants in Test Claimants v Royal Mail Group Ltd, the High Court considering whether over 50 years of Royal Mail’s supplies were tax exempt as assumed and whether Royal Mail is an “emanation of the State” for EU law purposes.

Leading Silks

Nicola Shaw KC – Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers ‘Nicola is a sensational advocate, always tough in court and forceful in her submissions. She is really able when it comes to sifting complex material and presenting complex arguments. ’
Ranked: Tier 1
Laurent Sykes KC – Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers ‘A gifted advocate who provides clear and thorough advice, Laurent’s attention to detail and dedication to a case is second to none. ’
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Firth Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers ‘Michael brings brilliant analysis, a focused zero waffle approach; ultimately building great client relationships and producing a quality track record. ’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set 

‘The best tax set at the Bar.

Clerks 

‘The clerks are amazing.

London Bar > Private client: personal tax

Leading Juniors

Laura InglisGray’s Inn Tax Chambers ‘Laura is very thorough and presents well to clients.’
Ranked: Tier 3
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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 www.taxbar.com.

Members of chambers: Milton Grundy and David Goldberg KC are joint heads of chambers.  Milton Grundy is chairman of the International Tax Planning Association. David Goldberg KC continues to enjoy an extensive advisory and litigation practice both nationally and internationally. Nicola Shaw KC is much admired for the persuasive power of her arguments before the courts and tribunals. Laurent Sykes KC, who is also a chartered accountant, advises on a number of personal and commercial tax matters, including commercial disputes involving tax.  Michael Jones KC enjoyed a very busy junior practice which led to his recent appointment of Silk.  Nikhil Mehta was formerly a partner in a leading firm of London solicitors and is both a barrister and an Indian advocate. Conrad McDonnell is an experienced senior junior with a heavyweight litigation practice.  Michael Firth graduated from Oxford University and is a CTA. He is a very experienced junior litigator. Laura Inglis joined us from the tax department of Slaughter and May and Sam Brodsky is regularly instructed on complex high-value matters in the High Court and Tax Tribunals. Harry Winter does a great deal of litigation in the tax tribunals as well as in tax-related matters in the High Court, and has recently been advising regularly on the taxation of cryptocurrency.  Ben Blades is the newest member of Chambers.  He is developing a practice in line with Chambers’ specialism with a focus on litigation.

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; The Law of Partnership Taxation; the Laws of the Internet; International Tax Planning in a Changing World 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior clerk Ben Stern
Joint Head of Chambers GRUNDY, Milton (1954)
Joint Head of Chambers GOLDBERG KC, David (1971)
Member of Chambers SHAW KC, Nicola (1995)
Member of Chambers SYKES KC, Laurent (2007)
Member of Chambers JONES KC, Michael (2006)
Member of Chambers MEHTA, Nikhil (1976)
Member of Chambers McDONNELL, Conrad (1994)
Member of Chambers FIRTH, Michael (2011)
Member of Chambers INGLIS, Laura (2013)
Member of Chambers BRODSKY, Sam (2017)
Member of Chambers WINTER Harry (2018)
Member of Chambers BLADES Ben (2021)
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Ben Blades photoMr Ben BladesAdvice and litigation relating to all areas of taxation (international and domestic)…
Sam Brodsky photoMr Sam BrodskyLitigation and advice in relation to all areas of UK taxation and…
Michael Lewis Firth photoMr Michael Lewis FirthAdvice and litigation relating to all areas of taxation (business taxation, employment…
David Goldberg photoMr David GoldbergJoint Head of Chambers; specialises in revenue law.
Milton Grundy photoMr Milton GrundyJoint Head of Chambers; specialises in international tax planning.
Laura Kathryn Inglis photoMs Laura Kathryn InglisLaura has a broad advisory and litigation practice spanning all areas of…
Michael Jones photoMr Michael JonesPractises in all areas of tax law; took silk 2020.
Conrad McDonnell photoMr Conrad McDonnellSpecialises in corporate tax, partnership tax, and VAT, and fundamental questions in…
Nikhil Mehta photoMr Nikhil MehtaAll forms of taxation including M&A, corporate issues, banking and other financial,…
Nicola Shaw photoMs Nicola ShawSpecialist in tax litigation and tax dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on…
Laurent Sykes photoMr Laurent SykesAdvises on both corporate and personal tax issues. Particular focus on the…
Harry Winter photoMr Harry WinterLitigation and advice across all areas of UK, EU, and international taxation,…