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

Living Wage

Private client: personal tax Tier 1

The ‘pre-eminent tax set', Pump Court Tax Chambers' list of barristers 'reads like a "Who's Who" of the tax world'. Chambers is ‘the leading set’ for personal tax issues, according to clients, who also highlight how it is a ‘very well-run set of chambers with first-class expertise'. The set handles the full range of work from onshore trust re-organisations to advice on residence and domicile issues. William Massey QC acted for The Sunderland Foundation and Justine Markovitz (the first and second defendants) in a widely discussed case which considered the powers of trustees of private family trusts. In another case of note, appearing in the Court of Appeal, Kevin Prosser QC secured a successful outcome for the revenue in Brain Disorders Research LP v HMRC, a case that considered a scheme that had been set up to enhance capital allowances and interest relief. Julian Ghosh QC and Jonathan Bremner QC are now at One Essex Court.

Leading Silks

Kevin Prosser QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersIs superb – he solves problems with incredible speed.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Massey QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersIs the top UK inheritance tax barrister; you dread the day that he retires.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rupert Baldry QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersIs user-friendly, pragmatic and sharp.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Ewart QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHas a practical and logical approach to solving problems.
Ranked: Tier 2
Giles Goodfellow QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersIs imaginative and finds solutions that others have not spotted.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Tallon QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersExplains things in plain English and sees both sides of a problem.
Ranked: Tier 2

2018 Silks

Richard Vallat QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersPersonable, pragmatic and finds solutions.

2019 Silks

James Rivett QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersExplains complicated matters very well.
David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersAn exceptionally clear and user-friendly barrister, with a very practical approach.

Leading Juniors

Emma Chamberlain - Pump Court Tax ChambersHas a superb understanding of HMRC's thinking and likelihood of challenge; strong technical knowledge, commercial and practical-minded advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth Wilson - Pump Court Tax ChambersA very reassuring presence, bringing calm and clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Chacko - Pump Court Tax ChambersImmensely bright and very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jan Matthews - Pump Court Tax ChambersA very well-regarded junior barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Poots - Pump Court Tax ChambersPuts things into plain English.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ian Richards - Pump Court Tax ChambersAs well as an acute knowledge of complex tax issues – particularly those involving offshore taxation issues – he has a very commercial mindset.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Thomas - Pump Court Tax ChambersProvides clear explanations to clients and professionals alike.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jeremy Woolf - Pump Court Tax ChambersA highly recommended junior.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax Tier 1

Pump Court Tax Chambers is the 'number one set for tax in terms of strength in depth, areas of specialism, and quality of counsel', and has 'many stars and excellent, commercial clerks who manage client relationships well'. Members are consistently involved in high-profile group litigations, most recently including FII GLO, a test case challenging the UK’s legislation on the taxation of dividends paid into the UK by foreign subsidiaries of UK companies in which David Ewart QC and Rupert Baldry QC acted for HMRC; and MODS Group Litigation, a challenge to the UK’s Corporate Manufactured Overseas Dividend Scheme, where Baldry QC was instructed by the Revenue. In 2019, David Yates QC and James Rivett QC took silk, adding to an already strong selection of Queen's Counsel in chambers, including David Milne QC, who has 'a very good rapport with judges', and 'class-actKevin Prosser QC. The 'enormously impressiveZizhen Yang is a junior of note, currently representing the taxpayer in its landfill tax appeal before the Upper Tier Tax Tribunal in Devon Waste Management Ltd and Biffa v HMRC.

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

David Milne QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersVery good rapport with judges particularly at the higher levels.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kevin Prosser QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersImpressive at testing issues and ensuring that all aspects of an issue are understood; responsive.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Ewart QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersIncredibly broad practice and possesses in-depth experience on most tax issues; huge technical ability.
Ranked: Tier 2
Roger Thomas QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe produces work of a very high standard.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rupert Baldry QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is a joy to work with and clients love his pragmatic straightforward advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Giles Goodfellow QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is wise and approaches matters with a broad perspective.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Tallon QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersVery approachable and sees all sides of a problem.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Andrew Hitchmough QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersPre-eminent VAT advocate whose strength lies in his ability to articulate a point with utmost clarity and to distill the key issues to win even the most complex of cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Milne QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersVery good rapport with judges particularly at the higher levels.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Ewart QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersIncredibly broad practice and possesses in-depth experience on most tax issues; huge technical ability.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kevin Prosser QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersImpressive at testing issues and ensuring that all aspects of an issue are understood; responsive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rupert Baldry QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is a joy to work with and clients love his pragmatic straightforward advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Roger Thomas QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe produces work of a very high standard.
Ranked: Tier 4

Tax: corporate - 2018 Silks

Richard Vallat QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe has immense clarity of thinking and presents a clear and succinct legal analysis, which is also practical and pragmatic.

Tax: corporate - 2019 Silks

James Rivett QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is tenacious and argues his cases convincingly.
David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersAn all-round class act, very polished in his advocacy, intellectually outstanding, charming to work with.

Tax: VAT - 2018 Silks

Richard Vallat QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe has immense clarity of thinking and presents a clear and succinct legal analysis, which is also practical and pragmatic.

Tax: VAT - 2019 silks

David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersAn all-round class act, very polished in his advocacy, intellectually outstanding, charming to work with.

Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Jeremy Woolf - Pump Court Tax ChambersIn court he is a softly spoken yet heavyweight advocate, who always impresses with his sound, erudite no-nonsense submissions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Chacko - Pump Court Tax ChambersIncredibly sharp, incisive and alive to the commerciality of the tax position for the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Henderson - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is noted for VAT and customs duty expertise.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Thomas - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is inclusive in his case preparation and receptive to suggestions and ideas from clients and the instructing party.
Ranked: Tier 2
Elizabeth Wilson - Pump Court Tax ChambersShe is an excellent junior counsel.
Ranked: Tier 2
Zizhen Yang - Pump Court Tax ChambersShe impresses enormously with her incredible capacity to produce high-quality documents and arguments in a very short time.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: VAT Leading juniors

James Henderson - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is noted for VAT and customs duty expertise.
Ranked: Tier 2
Zizhen Yang - Pump Court Tax ChambersShe impresses enormously with her incredible capacity to produce high-quality documents and arguments in a very short time.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Chacko - Pump Court Tax ChambersIncredibly sharp, incisive and alive to the commerciality of the tax position for the client.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sadiya Choudhury - Pump Court Tax ChambersHer willingness to assist with complex problems, often at short notice, makes her of invaluable assistance in any tax dispute.
Ranked: Tier 3
Oliver Conolly - Pump Court Tax ChambersKnowledgeable in all areas of tax law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Poots - Pump Court Tax ChambersA great junior on complex matters, makes a strong contribution to the technical analysis of cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Thomas - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is inclusive in his case preparation and receptive to suggestions and ideas from clients and the instructing party.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jeremy White - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe has mastered the ability to articulate multi-layered issues to clients clearly; providing concise robust advice to keep clients both safe and commercially viable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jeremy Woolf - Pump Court Tax ChambersIn court he is a softly spoken yet heavyweight advocate, who always impresses with his sound, erudite no-nonsense submissions.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

‘The best set in the country for tricky tax issues and disputes’, Pump Court Tax Chambers’ list of barristers ‘reads as a “Who’s Who” of the tax world’. With its very broad offering it is, for some, the ‘go-to’ set to deal with all tax issues as well as associated private client matters. ‘They have some really good young barristers and cover all tax bases at all levels of experience,’ said one source, with another adding: ‘I have never had any difficulty with availability because of the set’s strength in depth at every level.’ The clerking team is ‘always helpful and keen to make sure the right barrister for the advice needed’. ‘First-rate’ senior clerk Nigel Jones manages ‘a well-run ship’ which also includes team leaders John Poyser and Bruno Antoniotti, who are ‘always very responsive’. Offices in: London

 

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.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Nigel Jones
Members of Chambers PROSSER QC, Kevin (1982)
Members of Chambers THORNHILL QC, Andrew (1969)
Members of Chambers MILNE QC, David (1970)
Members of Chambers MASSEY QC, William (1977)
Members of Chambers TALLON QC, John (1975)
Members of Chambers GOODFELLOW QC, Giles (1983)
Members of Chambers EWART QC, David (1987)
Members of Chambers BALDRY QC, Rupert (1987)
Members of Chambers HITCHMOUGH QC, Andrew (1991)
Members of Chambers THOMAS QC, Roger (1979)
Members of Chambers VALLAT QC, Richard (1997)
Members of Chambers YATES QC, David (2004)
Members of Chambers RIVETT QC, James (2004)
Members of Chambers RICHARDS, Ian (1971)
Members of Chambers MATTHEWS, Jan (1972)
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)
ADR members OLIVER QC, Sir Stephen
ADR members AVERY-JONES CBE, Dr John
ADR members NIAS, Peter
Door Tenant HERBERT QC, Mark*
Door Tenant EMSLIE SC, Trevor*
Members of Chambers * Door tenants
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