Mr Ross Birkbeck > Chambers of James Kessler KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of James Kessler KC
Old Square Tax Chambers

Work Department



Ross advises on a range of diverse tax matters. Some issues which he has dealt with recently include:

  • Residence and domicile status
  • Employee taxation including the scope of the benefits code, the employment related securities legislation (Part 7 ITEPA 2003) and the disguised remuneration legislation (Part 7A ITEPA 2003)
  • The application of reliefs to SDLT in respect of charities, Multiple dwelling’s relief, and mixed use property.
  • Enveloped residential properties
  • Entrepreneurs’ relief and incorporation relief
  • Corporate restructuring
  • VAT relief for charities
  • Claims for R&D relief
  • Income tax and Inheritance tax relief on gifts to charities
  • The relevance and methods of valuation of close companies
  • Accelerated Payment Notices and Follower Notices
  • The GAAR and its application
  • Incorporation of LLPs
  • The application of the Transactions in Securities legislation.
  • Information notices
  • Register of deliberate tax defaulters
  • Constructive trusts and the effect on an estate for IHT purposes
  • SDLT planning
  • Inheritance tax planning
  • Challenging penalty assessments



Called in 2015

Ross is able to undertake instructions through Public Access


  • 2014-15 BPTC, City Law School, [Very Competent]
  • 2013-14 GDL, City Law School, [Distinction]
  • 1999-2003 BA Mathematics and Philosophy. Mansfield College, Oxford [First Class]

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Tax: personal

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Ross Birkbeck  – Old Square Tax Chambers ‘Excellent advocacy skills. He is patient with judges to ensure that they eventually appreciate the significance of the point he is making, and he does not annoy them with pointless or irrelevant points.’