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Chambers of James Kessler QC
Old Square Tax Chambers
15 OLD SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3UE
England

Position

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.

Career

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.

Languages

French.

Memberships

Revenue Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: personal tax

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Robert Venables QCOld Square Tax ChambersHe is in a class of his own. Essential for mission critical advice. Very intelligent, innovative, confident, knows his subject, commands respect from the opposition and the court.

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

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

Robert Venables QCOld Square Tax ChambersA very intelligent tax silk.