Pump Court Tax Chambers > London, England > Set Profile

Chambers of Kevin Prosser KC
Pump Court Tax Chambers
16 BEDFORD ROW
LONDON
WC1R 4EF
England

Living Wage

London Bar > Private client: personal tax Tier 1

Pump Court Tax Chambers is ‘the standout tax chamber’ with ‘a large number of very good counsel’. Kevin Prosser KC is ‘one of the best tax counsels around’ and appeared before the FTT on behalf of a major hedge fund concerning the taxation of individual members’ profits. Rupert Baldry KC is admired for ‘his clear and practical advice’ and has particular expertise in cross-over corporate and personal tax issues applied to other fields such as intellectual property, entertainment and sports, and divorce proceedings.

Leading Silks

David Ewart KCPump Court Tax Chambers 'David is a tenacious advocate and has great eye for detail.'
Ranked: Tier 1
William Massey KCPump Court Tax Chambers ‘William has the firmest grasp of extremely complex areas and is well worth the investment on high value and complex matters. He is also extremely responsive and willing to listen to other's opinions, adapting his view as facts and circumstances shift.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Kevin Prosser KCPump Court Tax Chambers ‘Kevin always knows the answer and he absorbs the facts and the issues very quickly.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Rupert Baldry KCPump Court Tax Chambers ‘Rupert has the ability to give very clear advice, including advice as to strategy and client handling.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
David Yates KC - Pump Court Tax Chambers 'David is a sharp, super clever barrister with a fantastically practical approach and ability to recognise what a client will value in his advice. He is accessible for discussion of ideas on ongoing matters, and clear in his responses.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Vallat KCPump Court Tax Chambers 'Richard is very bright. He gives clear and unequivocal advice on complex matters.'
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Elizabeth Wilson KCPump Court Tax Chambers ‘Elizabeth is very steady and stable, insightful and can be relied upon to give a detailed technical analysis of the points highlighting issues.’

Leading Juniors

Emma ChamberlainPump Court Tax ChambersEmma is a leader in the area. Her technical abilities are quite awe-inspiring, and she delivers her conclusions in an understandable and clear manner.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Emma PearcePump Court Tax Chambers ‘Emma is a very strong junior barrister with a good grasp of the tax rules. She deals with very complicated matters in a very clear and comprehensive style.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Elliott Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Ben is high-powered intellectually and a forceful advocate. He works extremely hard and already has wide experience in the tax field.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Oliver ConollyPump Court Tax ChambersOliver provides comprehensive advice and precise opinions on technical areas.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura PootsPump Court Tax ChambersLaura is very clear and concise and always on point. She is practical and efficient.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘The depth of tax expertise in chambers is excellent.’

‘A good set and barristers are excellent.’

‘A very strong set with many excellent tax barristers.’

‘Pump Court Tax Chambers are a go to set for all tax disputes with excellent experience and expertise at all levels.’

‘Good strength in depth for all personal tax matters.’

Clearking

‘Excellent, truly top drawer service from the clerks.’

London Bar > Tax: corporate Tier 1

Pump Court Tax Chambers are the largest set in the practice area, and their barristers are described as having ‘a badge of quality which sets them apart from the competition’. The set has been active in litigation related to major tax avoidance schemes, and are engaged with significant international matters extending to the EU and beyond. Kevin Prosser KC represents multinational clients including Credit Suisse and BlackRock, and led Barbara Belgrano on Inmarsat plc v HMRC, which concerned capital allowances on the cost of launching satellites into space. David Milne KC acts for HMRC in Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Ltd v HMRC, a high-profile test case on how to calculate the profits for an Irish bank with a permanent establishment in the UK. David Ewart KC has a significant record both in the UK and EU Courts, and has been leading Elizabeth Wilson KC in the Franked Investment Income test case, which potentially concerns billions of pounds of tax.

Rising stars

Ronan Magee – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Outstandingly good. He is very quick, very diligent, and has a very good manner with team members and clients.’
Ranked: Tier 0

Leading Silks

Kevin Prosser KCPump Court Tax Chambers ‘One of the best tax silks in London. Technically able, a good advocate and very friendly and helpful.’
Ranked: Tier 1
David Milne KCPump Court Tax Chambers ‘Very impressive in court, with an extensive knowledge of HMRC’s approach to disputes, and a fine analytical brain. Very user friendly.’
Ranked: Tier 1
David Ewart KCPump Court Tax Chambers ‘David has outstanding technical expertise and the ability to quickly understand complex structures and scenarios. Excellent at getting to the crux of the matter. Advice is always clear and pragmatic. Excellent analytical skill.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Rupert Baldry KCPump Court Tax Chambers ‘Rupert is marvelous. He is happy to give a view and doesn’t sit on the fence – highly recommended.’
Ranked: Tier 2
David Yates KC – Pump Court Tax Chambers – ‘David is by far the strongest tax counsel of his generation. He is exceptionally intelligent and has a real feel for tax.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Vallat KC – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Richard is extremely responsive and knowledgeable on tax, as well as very good with clients.’
Ranked: Tier 3
James Rivett KC  – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘James is very, very bright, super hard working and a brilliant advocate. He is also a charming gentleman and as a result clients absolutely love him. He has a real gift of making complicated tax law easy to understand.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Giles Goodfellow KCPump Court Tax Chambers ‘Giles has a superb intellect and manages to explain extremely complex issues in clear terms that lay clients can understand.’
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Elizabeth Wilson KCPump Court Tax Chambers ‘Elizabeth is very steady and stable, insightful and can be relied upon to give a detailed technical analysis of the points highlighting issues you have thought about, and raising those you have not.’

Leading Juniors

Jeremy Woolf – Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is thorough, engaged, committed, knowledgeable and bright –in every way solicitors find Jeremy a support.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Zizhen Yang – Pump Court Tax ChambersEncyclopedic knowledge of the law, combined with a real user-friendly approach.’
Ranked: Tier 1
James Henderson – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘James is very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. He is also very good at standing back and considering the bigger picture, and happy to debate and discuss.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Chacko – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Very knowledgeable, personable and explained complex matters in a simple way.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Barbara Belgrano – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Barbara is technically brilliant. She is great at handling complicated tax and accounting detail, is really thorough in her drafting and preparation and is a great asset to any litigation.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Laura Poots – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Very clear and concise and always on point. Laura is practical and efficient.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Elliott – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Ben is high-powered intellectually and a forceful advocate. He works extremely hard and already has wide experience in the tax field.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘I would consider Pump Court Tax Chambers to be one of (if not the) leading sets when it comes to corporate tax. They have a good variety of leading silks as well as excellent juniors, with impressive credentials in all areas.’

‘The go to set for tax disputes.’

Pump Court Tax are a reliable set with all-star performers across all areas of Revenue law.’

The set is well run with great depth of expertise.’

Preeminent chambers for tax for many years and remains so.’

‘Pump Court Tax Chambers are a go to set for all tax disputes with excellent experience and expertise at all levels.’

Clerking

London Bar > Tax: VAT and excise Tier 1

Pump Court Tax Chambers offers specialist knowledge across the gamut of VAT and indirect tax matters, including an increasing focus on reclaim cases, gaming duty, landfill tax and HMRC’s crackdown on abusive VAT schemes. Roger Thomas KC successfully represented the taxpayer before the Supreme Court in Balhousie Holdings Ltd v HMRC, a case which not only had significant implications for the interpretation of the VAT Act but also clarified that the “statutory purpose test” applied to HMRC as much as taxpayers. Rupert Baldry KC and Barbara Belgrano represented the appellant in Jazztel v HMRC, with the Court of Appeal addressing the incompatibility of features of the UK’s stamp duty regime with European legislation. Zizhen Yang acted in Devon Waste Management Ltd & Others v HMRC, a significant decision for the waste management industry following more than a decade of disputes between landfill operators and HMRC regarding the landfill tax. Sadiya Choudhury has developed an impressive specialism in customs and excise duties and was recently appointed to the Attorney General’s A panel.

Rising stars

Quinlan Windle Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Quinlan is responsive and provides clear and succinct advice, displaying a thorough understanding of the legal context and the factual circumstances of the case. ’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Hitchmough KC – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘A silk at the top of his game, Andrew is a great team player and is extremely good technically. ’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Rupert Baldry KC – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Rupert is a marvellous silk who clearly sets out his view and never sits on the fence. ’
Ranked: Tier 3
David Yates KCPump Court Tax Chambers ‘David is extremely easy to work with, always offering clear and succinct advice. ’
Ranked: Tier 4
James Rivett KC – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘James is an incredibly focused silk who possesses a razor sharp mind. He is a particularly able tax technician and is extremely effective in cross-examination. ’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Jeremy White Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Jeremy knows everything there is to know about excise duty. ’
Ranked: Tier 2
James Henderson Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘James is extremely personable, proactive and his advice is very practical in terms of assisting clients to understand the complexities of their tax disputes, interactions with HMRC and the tax appeal process. ’
Ranked: Tier 2
Barbara Belgrano Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Barbara is a go-to barrister for complex VAT disputes; she is passionate and immerses herself in the facts of the case, really making her client feel that she is invested in their success.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Sadiya Choudhury Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Sadiya is a go-to counsel for contentious tax matters; not only is she technically brilliant in respect of the relevant law, but her advice is always practical, focused on the client’s needs and clearly explained in an accessible way. ’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Chacko Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Thomas is very knowledgeable, personable and capable of explaining complex matters in simple terms. ’
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Waldegrave Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Edward is a fantastic barrister; he is clear, concise, persuasive and always well prepared. ’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Elliott Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Ben is high-powered intellectually and a forceful advocate. He works extremely hard and already has a wide experience in the tax field; he is a silk in the making. ’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set 

‘Pump Court Tax Chambers is the leading tax set and we instruct them on many matters of indirect tax.

‘Pump Court are a reliable set with all-star performers across al areas.

‘The breadth of expertise across Chambers is incredible.

‘Pump Court Tax Chambers are the leaders in this field and there is always a suitably experienced Counsel available in relation to whatever specialist advice is needed.

Clerks

‘Excellent, they always put us in contact with the right barrister.

‘John Poysner is a fantastic clerk who is always professional and friendly.

London Bar > Professional negligence

Leading Silks

David Yates KCPump Court Tax ChambersDavid is incredibly incisive.  He quickly cuts through the most complex issues and information to what the essential points really are and how to address them.  This is very impressive in his written advice and drafting (which is immaculate) but also invaluable when you need to chat something through and get a quick steer over the phone.  He is great with clients and a pleasure to work with.'  
Ranked: Tier 4

Pump Court Tax Chambers is the largest specialist set of barristers practising exclusively in tax.

The set: Whatever the tax issue, from large-scale litigation in the higher courts to complex personal tax questions, Pump Court Tax Chambers has the size and experience to assist in every area of revenue law. Its members typically represent the taxpayer, providing tailored advice and appearing before all the tax tribunals and UK courts. They act for solicitors firms of all sizes, accountancy practices ranging from small partnerships to the Big Four, tax advisors, trust companies and directly for in-house professionals from a wide variety of industries. Members also represent HM Revenue and Customs and, as well as the UK government, have acted for overseas governments, including those of Bermuda, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Chambers regularly hosts tax seminars and, as well as speaking widely at industry events, members of chambers contribute to many tax journals and textbooks. Among other works, the set houses the authors of the pioneering tax planning work Potter and Monroe, together with many of the contributing authors of Simons Direct Tax Service. All members of chambers accept instructions under licensed access. Full information about how to instruct members of chambers can be found on chambers website.

Types of work undertaken: Pump Court Tax Chambers fields experts in the full range of corporate and business tax issues, including: mergers and acquisitions, company and group reconstructions and demergers, transfer pricing, losses/capital allowances and structured finance. They advise on methods of computing profits, including the relevance of accounting practice and deductions against receipts. International and EC tax expertise includes the impact of double tax treaties, the EC treaty on the availability of foreign tax credits, utilising offshore losses and the taxation of foreign dividends and intellectual property income.

Chambers assists individuals, trusts and estates with tax planning advice, covering inheritance tax, capital gains tax, income tax and stamp duty land tax issues. Typical examples include the sale and reorganisation of family companies, advice on family trusts, tax planning for landed estates (including business property relief and agricultural property relief), heritage properties and family homes, tax and matrimonial proceedings, and issues surrounding residence and domicile.

Personal and business tax matters come together in relation to employee remuneration. Here, expertise includes advising on share options and pension schemes, employee share ownership plans, profit sharing schemes and national insurance contributions.

A considerable proportion of chambers work relates to advice and litigation in relation to value-added tax, including issues concerning partial exemption, business/non-business, the single market, non-economic activity, European law and alternative remedies such as judicial review and actions for Frankovitch damages. Chambers also provides advice on other indirect taxes, including insurance premium tax, customs duties, landfill tax, climate change levy and aggregates levy.

Members of chambers have specialist expertise in all stamp taxes and, in particular, issues regarding corporate acquisitions and restructuring, property transactions, developments and refinancing.

In addition, several members of chambers have experience of handling professional negligence claims where direct or indirect tax issues have arisen. As well as acting as advocates in such matters, they are also instructed to appear as expert witnesses. They are experienced in all the principal forms of ADR and chambers can offer accredited tax mediators and arbitrators.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Director of Clerking Mark Rushton
Members of Chambers PROSSER KC, Kevin (1982)
Members of Chambers THORNHILL KC, Andrew (1969)
Members of Chambers MILNE KC, David (1970)
Members of Chambers MASSEY KC, William (1977)
Members of Chambers TALLON KC, John (1975)
Members of Chambers GOODFELLOW KC, Giles (1983)
Members of Chambers EWART KC, David (1987)
Members of Chambers BALDRY KC, Rupert (1987)
Members of Chambers HITCHMOUGH KC, Andrew (1991)
Members of Chambers THOMAS KC, Roger (1979)
Members of Chambers VALLAT KC, Richard (1997)
Members of Chambers YATES KC, David (2004)
Members of Chambers RIVETT KC, James (2004)
Members of Chambers WHITE, Jeremy (1976)
Members of Chambers WOOLF, Jeremy (1986)
Members of Chambers CHAMBERLAIN, Emma (1998)
Members of Chambers WILSON, Elizabeth (1995)
Members of Chambers HENDERSON, James (1997)
Members of Chambers DUNN, Sarah (1998)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Michael (2001)
Members of Chambers CHOUDHURY, Sadiya (2002)
Members of Chambers CONOLLY, Oliver (2003)
Members of Chambers POOTS, Laura (2007)
Members of Chambers CHACKO, Thomas (2007)
Members of Chambers YANG, Zizhen (2009)
Members of Chambers BRADLEY, Charles (2010)
Members of Chambers WALDEGRAVE, Edward (2011)
Members of Chambers BELGRANO, Barbara (2011)
Members of Chambers ELLIOTT, Ben (2012)
Members of Chambers PEARCE, Emma (2014)
Members of Chambers WINDLE, Quinlan (2016)
Members of Chambers MAGEE, Ronan (2016)
Members of Chambers RUXANDU, Laura (2016)
Members of Chambers BLAJ, Calypso (2017)
ADR members OLIVER KC, Sir Stephen
ADR members AVERY-JONES CBE, Dr John
ADR members NIAS, Peter
Door Tenant HERBERT KC, Mark*
Door Tenant EMSLIE SC, Trevor*
Members of Chambers * Door tenants
PhotoNamePositionProfile
John Avery-Jones photoDr John Avery-JonesJohn Avery Jones has sat as a judge in the Tax Tribunals…
Rupert Baldry photo Rupert BaldryRupert Baldry has been at Pump Court Tax Chambers since 1993. He…
Barbara Belgrano photo Barbara BelgranoBarbara joined Chambers in October 2012 after completing her 12- month pupillage.…
Calypso Blaj photo Calypso BlajCalypso joined Chambers as a full tenant on 7th October 2020 after…
Charles Bradley photo Charles BradleyCharles practises in all areas of revenue law. He regularly appears as…
Thomas Chacko photo Thomas ChackoTom has been in practice at Pump Court since October 2009 and…
Emma Chamberlain photo Emma ChamberlainEmma Chamberlain specialises in tax and trust advice for private clients, trusts…
Sadiya Choudhury photo Sadiya ChoudhurySadiya was called to the Bar in 2002 and became a member…
Oliver Conolly photo Oliver ConollyOliver practices in all areas of tax law. In addition to an all…
Sarah Dunn photo Sarah Dunn
Ben Elliott photo Ben ElliottBen accepts instructions to act and advise in all areas of Chambers’…
David Ewart photo David EwartDavid Ewart specialises in all areas of taxation, both corporate and personal,…
Giles Goodfellow photo Giles GoodfellowGiles’ practice covers the full range of advisory work on direct and…
James Henderson photo James HendersonJames advises on all the major UK taxes. His work covers corporate…
Andrew Hitchmough photo Andrew HitchmoughAndrew Hitchmough specialises in all forms of corporate tax, VAT and Customs…
Ronan Magee photo Ronan MageeRonan joined Chambers on 2nd October 2018 after completing his twelve-month pupillage.…
William Massey photo William MasseyWilliam Massey’s practice covers all areas of personal and corporate taxation, tax…
David Milne photo David MilneDavid Milne specializes in both direct and indirect tax, especially litigation and…
Peter Nias photo Peter NiasPeter Nias is a practising tax specialist Barrister at Pump Court Tax…
Stephen Oliver photoSir Stephen OliverThe first 25 years of Sir Stephen’s professional career were spent at…
Emma Pearce photo Emma PearceEmma has a broad advisory and litigation practice which covers all major…
Laura Poots photo Laura PootsLaura practises in all areas of taxation, acting in the course of…
Kevin Prosser photo Kevin ProsserKevin Prosser is widely recognised and consulted in all types of Revenue…
James Rivett photo James RivettJames practises in all areas of revenue law. His practice includes advice…
Laura Ruxandu photo Laura RuxanduLaura joined Chambers on 2nd October 2018 after completing her twelve-month pupillage.…
John Tallon photo John TallonJohn Tallon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and has been…
Roger Thomas photo Roger ThomasRoger’s advisory practice covers a wide area of both direct and indirect…
Richard Vallat photo Richard VallatRichard Vallat practises in all areas of revenue law. His practice includes…
Edward Waldegrave photo Edward WaldegraveEdward joined Chambers in December 2012 after completing his twelve month pupillage…
Jeremy White photo Jeremy WhiteJeremy White’s practice covers advice and litigation in both civil and criminal…
Elizabeth Wilson photo Elizabeth WilsonElizabeth Wilson practises in all areas of revenue law with particular emphasis…
Quinlan Windle photo Quinlan WindleQuinlan joined Chambers on 1st October 2017 after completing his twelve month…
Jeremy Woolf photo Jeremy WoolfJeremy’s advisory practice covers a wide area of both direct and indirect…
Zizhen Yang photo Zizhen YangPossessing a depth of experience across the spectrum of tax issues, in…
David Yates photo David YatesDavid’s practice covers a wide range of tax law areas and related…
French
Urdu
Hindi
Punjabi
Chinese (Mandarin)
Italian
Romanian
Spanish