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Chambers of James Kessler QC
Old Square Tax Chambers


All aspects of revenue law, including VAT and tax-related judicial review. Specialities include director and employee remuneration, owned-managed companies, the GAAR, Follower Notices and Accelerated Payment Notices, DOTAS, litigation, trusts, EU, offshore and international. Recent and landmark cases: Daniel v HMRC (2014), Loyalty Management Ltd v Commissioners of Customs and Excise [2007]; BUPA Hospitals Ltd v Commissioners of Customs and Excise ECJ [2006], Greenalls Management Ltd v Commissioners of Customs and Excise [2005] UKHL, excise duties, Jerome v Kelly [2004] UKHL 25, CGT, gift to offshore trustees; Howell v Trippier [2004] EWCA Civ 885, income tax liability of trustees of a settlement on stock dividends; Mount Murray Country Club Ltd v Macleod UKPC 53; Unilever (UK) Holdings Ltd v Smith [2002]. EWCA Civ 1787, corporation tax on capital gains, corporate reorganisations; R v Dimsey [2001] UKHL 46; Lady Ingram’s Executors v Inland Revenue Commissioners [1998] (House of Lords), inheritance tax.


Called 1973; QC 1990. Chairman of the Revenue Bar Association of England and Wales 2001-05; Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple, el ected 1999; Council member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and chartered tax adviser from 1999-2011.




Revenue Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: personal tax

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Robert Venables QCOld Square Tax Chambers

Old Square Tax Chambers has a particular focus on private client work and advising high-net-worth private clients on a variety of complicated UK and offshore issues. James Kessler QC continues to advise a Greek shipowner whose domicile is being challenged by the HMRC. In another key matter Robert Venables QC is advising on complex issues of residence and the domicile of the appellant in an ongoing matter. Rory Mullan QC, who took silk in 2021, continues to represent the Fisher family in its long running dispute with the HMRC over the tax consequences of the sale of part of the Stan James betting business.

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

(Tax: corporate - Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Robert Venables QCOld Square Tax Chambers