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Chambers of James Kessler QC
Old Square Tax Chambers
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Private client tax, particularly foreign domicile tax and charities. Cases include R v IRC ex p. Unilever; R v Dimsey & Allen; IRC v Dawson; Wensleydale’s Settlement Trustees v IRC; Phizackerley v HMRC; Burns v HMRC; R v Perrin.


Called 1984, Gray’s and Lincoln’s Inns; QC 2003. In practice at the Revenue Bar since 1985. Member of the Bar of Northern Ireland. Publications of note include ‘Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts’ 11th edition, 2012; ‘Taxation of Foreign Domiciliaries’ 13th edition, 2014; ‘Taxation of Charities’ 9th edition, 2013; ‘Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts in Northern Ireland’ 3rd edition, 2012; ‘Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts in Canada’ 3rd edition, 2011; ‘Drafting Cayman Islands Trusts’ 1st edition, 2006; ‘Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts in the Channel Islands’, 2nd edition, 2012; ‘Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts in Singapore’ 1st edition 2007; ‘Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts in Australia’ 1st edition 2008; ‘Drafting Trusts in the BVI’ 1st edition, 2013; ‘Drafting Trusts and Wills Trusts in Scotland’ 1st edition 2013; author of STEP ‘Standard Provisions’.


Revenue Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association.


MA (Oxon).


Jogging, cinema.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: personal tax

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

James Kessler 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.