Set Profile > GRAY'S INN TAX CHAMBERS > London, England

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

Private client: personal tax

Rising stars

Laura Inglis - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersShe gives very clear advice, is very responsive and is also technically brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 1

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Gray's Inn Tax Chambers is a 'strong and experienced' set with expertise across direct tax, indirect tax, and private client work. The set advises on a broad range of litigation and advisory work in relation to UK tax, as well as doing a lot of international work, including in Hong Kong. 'Formidable advocate' Nicola Shaw QC advises across all areas of contentious tax, including judicial review. Laurent Sykes QC showcases a strong advisory practice and covers employment tax, corporation tax and business tax (capital gains and income tax). Nikhil Mehta is also noted and has extensive experience as a UK tax barrister and Indian tax advocate. On the junior end, Laura Inglis is a key individual to note and is acting for AXA in AXA S.A. v Genworth Financial International Holdings, Inc, a payment protection insurance misselling claim, with quantum affected by French tax.

Tax: corporate - Rising stars

Laura Inglis - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersHard working and intelligent - a very good junior.
Ranked: Tier 1

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

David Goldberg QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersExceptionally experienced and sound in all respects.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicola Shaw QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersShe has excellent advocacy skills, based on deep knowledge of the tax issues and facts of each case, plus a determination to stand firm in the face of a strong judge and determined opponent. Hardworking and thorough, combined with a willingness to consider alternative strategy and arguments in conference. Definitely has the ear of the court and a most enjoyable silk with whom to work.
Ranked: Tier 2
Laurent Sykes QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersLaurent is thorough, persistent and very clever (both technically and practically). He thinks outside the box.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Nicola Shaw QC - Gray's Inn Tax ChambersShe has excellent advocacy skills, based on deep knowledge of the tax issues and facts of each case, plus a determination to stand firm in the face of a strong judge and determined opponent. Hardworking and thorough, combined with a willingness to consider alternative strategy and arguments in conference. Definitely has the ear of the court and a most enjoyable silk with whom to work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

This set is my first port of call. All of them without exception at all levels are fantastic.’

Clerking

Outstanding service. Chris Broom is brilliant, sensible, commercial and approachable. Ben Stern is equally superb. They are available and accommodating to whatever clients require. Brilliant set. The best.’

Very experienced, responsive and friendly clerks, always good to deal with. Chris Broom is clearly a very able leader, i.e. senior clerk.’

Great clerking. Chris Broom is a fantastic senior clerk. Ben Stern and Jamie Hall are also excellent.’

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 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,…