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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 ChambersTechnically superb.

Most of the members at Old Square Tax Chambers have a heavy private client focus advising extensively on complex UK and offshore matters. James Kessler QC is advising a Greek shipowner whose domicile is being challenged by HMRC. In another highlight, Rory Mullan represented Tony Jimenez in the Court of Appeal in respect of a challenge to the HMRC’s decision to issue an information notice to him in Dubai. That decision has huge implications for the Revenue as regards the manner and means by which it carries out tax investigations. Permission to appeal has been granted by the Supreme Court. With rising stars Mary Ashley and Ross Birkbeck as juniors to watch, the future of chambers looks bright.