Laura Poots > Chambers of Kevin Prosser KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Kevin Prosser KC
Pump Court Tax Chambers

Living Wage


Laura practises in all areas of taxation, acting in the course of disputes and litigation and offering planning advice. Her direct tax practice covers personal and corporate taxes and her indirect tax practice includes VAT, SDLT and landfill tax.  As can be seen from her list of Recent Matters (below) she has in recent years appeared in a number of high-profile VAT, pensions and employment remuneration cases, both for the taxpayer and HMRC.  Laura is qualified to accept Public Access instructions.


September 2020: Junior Counsel to the Crown – A Panel
September 2017: Junior Counsel to the Crown – B Panel
March 2013: Junior Counsel to the Crown – C Panel
October 2007: Called, Middle Temple


Revenue Bar Association

London Chancery and Commercial Bar Association

VAT Practitioners Group


2006-2007: Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court Law School (Very competent)

2002-2006: St John’s College, Oxford (First Class BA Hons, Jurisprudence)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Tax: VAT and excise

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Laura Poots Pump Court Tax Chambers

Pump Court Tax Chambers is highlighted by clients as ‘one of the top tax chambers in the country and a go-to for the most complex of tax cases’, including both contentious and advisory matters. Key areas of strength for the set include VAT-related mandates in the charity, the financial services and healthcare sectors, gaming, and insurance. The set is home to notable silks such as David Milne KCKevin Prosser KC and Andrew Hitchmough KC, as well as Rupert Baldry KC, who has expertise in indirect tax, encompassing VAT stamp taxes and customs duties, as well as more specialist areas, such as aggregates levy. Zizhen Yang has notable expertise in VAT and landfill tax matters, and she acted for Devon Waste Management and Biffa Waste Services against HMRC in a complex landfill tax case in the Court of Appeal regarding whether the layer of residual waste used by landfill operators to line cells was liable to be taxed. Barbara Belgrano also represents clients before the higher UK courts, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and matters in the gambling sector are areas of strength for Laura Poots.

London Bar > Tax: corporate

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Laura Poots – Pump Court Tax Chambers

Pump Court Tax Chambers includes a ‘good mix of pre-eminent and up-and-coming silks and juniors‘, which covers a broad range of corporate tax matters, including transfer pricing, property tax, employment tax and unallowable purpose issues. David Milne KC is highly active on both complex advisory matters and high profile disputes, such as Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Ltd v HMRC, a test case concerning the interpretation of the UK-Republic of Ireland double tax treaty. Kevin Prosser KC acts for a varied list of high profile and highly international clients, including BlackRock in BlackRock Holdco 5 LLC v HMRC, on the deductibility of interest of $4bn of intra-group loans involved in the 2009 purchase of Barclays Global Investors. David Ewart KC was opposing counsel. James Rivett KC appeared in the Supreme Court in the MODS Group Litigation, a test case challenging the UK’s imposition of tax charges on foreign manufactured overseas dividends. Laura Poots has key expertise in pension tax disputes and public law issues in the tax context.

London Bar > Tax: personal

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Laura PootsPump Court Tax Chambers ‘Laura’s advice is extremely clear. She takes her clients through the options and potential outcomes of complex tax situations in a clear and comprehensible manner.’