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Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers

Private client: personal tax Tier 3

Gray's Inn Tax Chambers undertakes instructions in all areas of direct tax, indirect tax and private client work. Members of chambers have appeared in many of the leading tax cases over the last year, both for the Revenue and for the taxpayer, not only in relation to UK tax (all the way to the Supreme Court and to Europe) but also in Hong Kong. The future of the set looks bright, with rising star Laura Kathryn Inglis, who is described as being 'highly intelligent and a fine technical mind'.

Rising stars

Laura Inglis - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersInsightful. Practical. Outstanding knowledge of the law and its application.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

David Goldberg QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersAn excellent tax 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

Gray's Inn Tax Chambers is a go-to for high-profile disputes, both in the corporate and personal taxation spheres. In recent news, Michael Flesch QC has retired from practice a 50-year career at the Bar.



Ben is very straightforward to deal with. Efficient and knowledgeable.

Excellent clerks. Have dealt in particular with Chris Broom and Jamie Hall. Jamie was of great practical help.

I have always received excellent service, especially from Chris Broom.

Really helpful and responsive.

I cannot praise Mr Stern highly enough. He is a real asset of the set.

Very user-friendly and flexible clerk room.


Go to set for tax litigation work.

Specialist tax chambers living up to its reputation.

This is my go to set. Counsel are brilliant and client friendly. The clerks are efficient, polite, customer conscious and are just pure pleasure to deal with.

Well known and respected chambers with strength in depth.

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

'Well-known and respected, with strength in depth', Gray's Inn Tax Chambers is home to barristers focusing on all areas of direct and indirect tax, as well as private client work. Members act for both the revenue and taxpayer before the UK courts, but also have experience in Hong Kong. Litigation is a key pillar of chambers' work, but there is also a substantial advisory practice. 'Powerful advocateNicola Shaw QC has a broad contentious tax practice that extends to judicial review. Laurent Sykes QC splits his time between advisory work and litigation, assisting clients with employment, corporate and business tax issues. Nikhil Mehta not only has decades of experience of UK and Indian taxation but also in multinational tax matters generally. Rising star Laura Inglis regularly appears before the high court and first-tier tribunal, and is developing an increasingly impressive contentious corporate tax practice.

Tax: corporate - Rising stars

Laura Inglis - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersAble to grasp highly complex issues and provide clear explanations of tax law. Very thorough and diligent. She has a highly incisive intelligence. Really hard worker, technically excellent, very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 1

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

David Goldberg QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersHe fully deserves his excellent reputation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Flesch QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersVery respected throughout the tax bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicola Shaw QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersTruly excellent for appellate work. She has a fantastic grasp of technical issues at UK and European level.
Ranked: Tier 2
Laurent Sykes QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersVery responsive; a real problem-solver; commercial; has a deep knowledge of case law.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Nicola Shaw QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersTruly excellent for appellate work. She has a fantastic grasp of technical issues at UK and European level.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

Michael Jones QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersA brilliant tax barrister and one of the brightest people I have ever worked with.

Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Conrad McDonnell - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersHe has a very strong attention to detail and superb technical understanding of the law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nikhil Mehta - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersHe provides wise counsel and commercial common sense. His background in private practice as a solicitor also allows him to understand the complexities and wider legal considerations of commercial transactions and arrangements.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: VAT Leading juniors

Conrad McDonnell - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersHe has a very strong attention to detail and superb technical understanding of the law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Firth - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersHe explains complex issues well and presents his arguments in a clear and concise fashion.
Ranked: Tier 2

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 and David Goldberg QC are Joint Heads of Chambers.  Milton Grundy is 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.  Michael Jones QC enjoyed a very busy junior practice which has lead to his recent appointment of QC.  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.  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; 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.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Chris Broom
Joint Head of Chambers GRUNDY, Milton (1954)
Joint Head of Chambers GOLDBERG QC, David (1971)
Member of Chambers SHAW QC, Nicola (1995)
Member of Chambers SYKES QC, Laurent (2007)
Member of Chambers JONES QC, 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)
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Sam Brodsky  photo Mr Sam Brodsky Litigation and advice in relation to all areas of UK taxation and…
Mr Michael Lewis Firth  photo Mr Michael Lewis Firth Advice and litigation relating to all areas of taxation (business taxation, employment…
Mr David Goldberg photo Mr David Goldberg Joint Head of Chambers; specialises in revenue law.
Mr Milton Grundy  photo Mr Milton Grundy Joint Head of Chambers; specialises in international tax planning.
Ms Laura Kathryn Inglis  photo Ms Laura Kathryn Inglis Laura has a broad advisory and litigation practice spanning all areas of…
Mr Michael Jones  photo Mr Michael Jones Practises in all areas of tax law. Member of the Attorney General’s B…
Mr Conrad McDonnell  photo Mr Conrad McDonnell Specialises in corporate tax, partnership tax, and VAT, and fundamental questions in…
Mr Nikhil Mehta  photo Mr Nikhil Mehta All forms of taxation including M&A, corporate issues, banking and other financial,…
Ms Nicola Shaw photo Ms Nicola Shaw Specialist in tax litigation and tax dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on…
Mr Laurent Sykes photo Mr Laurent Sykes Advises on both corporate and personal tax issues. Particular focus on the…
Mr Harry Winter  photo Mr Harry Winter Litigation and advice across all areas of UK, EU, and international taxation,…