Set Profile > Chambers of Kevin Prosser QC > London, England
Chambers of Kevin Prosser QC Offices
Pump Court Tax Chambers
16 BEDFORD ROW
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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.
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-act' Kevin Prosser QC. The 'enormously impressive' Zizhen 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.
‘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
Chambers of Kevin Prosser QC > Firm Profile
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.
|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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