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Chambers of Kevin Prosser KC
Pump Court Tax Chambers

Living Wage


James practises in all areas of revenue law. His practice includes advice and litigation in the following areas: personal tax, corporate tax, VAT and other indirect taxes.


Called 2004 (Lincoln’s Inn)

Feb 2009 – Appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown – “C” panel

Dec 2013 – Appointed Consultant Lecturer, Sotheby’s Institute of Art

March 2014 – Appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown – “B” panel

September 2017 – Appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown – “A” panel

March 2019 – QC


Chancery Bar Association

Revenue Bar Association

VAT Practitioner’s Group

International Fiscal Association


MA (Cantab)(Starred Double First), Clare College, Cambridge

MPhil, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Postgraduate Diploma in Law, City University, London (Lord Bowen Scholarship and Hardwicke Award, Lincoln’s Inn, 11 King’s Walk prize for Public Law, City University)

Bar Vocational Course (Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Tax: VAT and excise

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

James Rivett KC – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘James is a cool, calm, and insightful barrister who is great at managing client nervousness and challenges, and drawing focus onto the real nub of a dispute. Clients are particularly impressed at James’ ability to explain complex issues to lay clients, sharing his experience of litigation in this area and HMRC approach, and combining this with his honestly, to really draw out the challenges and ensuring that work is focused on dealing with these.’

London Bar > Tax: corporate

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

James Rivett KC  – Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Technically very strong, very good with the client in terms of explaining the merits of the case and very clear on the proposed approach.’

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 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

James Rivett KCPump Court Tax Chambers

Pump Court Tax Chambers offers expertise in the full scope of private client tax matters, including succession planning, offshore advisory work, Chancery court work, and, increasingly, tax issues in the sports context. The set has further strength in contentious matters, and acts for both HMRC and private individuals. William Massey KC covers matters related to trusts, land, and landed estates, and is described as ‘the preeminent go-to capital taxes silk.’ Kevin Prosser KC is highly active in litigation, with notable cases including acting for the taxpayer in Euromoney v HMRC, a tax avoidance case before the First Tier Tribunal. James Rivett KC acts for high profile and high net worth individuals both in complex advisory matters and before the courts, including acting on behalf of Gary Lineker in proceedings relating to the tax treatment of his broadcasting roles at the BBC and BT Sport.