Set Profile > Pump Court Tax Chambers > London, England

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

Living Wage

Professional negligence

2019 Silks

David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is truly excellent.

Private client: personal tax Tier 1

Pump Court Tax Chambers is variously described as 'absolutely first-rate' and a 'very strong set with a significant spread of expertise with enviable strength in depth throughout.' The set is also lauded for its 'collegiate atmosphere and environment where members can discuss and check things with each other.' The 'strong juniors and seniors who are all top quality' handle a wide range of work from offshore and onshore trust reorganisations to IHT. Other strengths include advising on CGT, residency and domicile issues, as well as entrepreneur’s relief. In recent highlights, William Massey QC advised a family member in Somerset v Fitzgerald [2019] EWHC 726 (Ch) on a successful application under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958. Significantly the High Court approved various matters to extend the trust and perpetuity period and the variation of certain terms of the trust. With her 'impressive analytical abilities', Emma Pearce is noted as a rising star of the tax Bar.

Rising stars

Emma Pearce - Pump Court Tax ChambersIs very thorough and precise in her work and it is always of a very high quality. She will always think through every possible permutation of a tax issue and one is completely confident that she has considered all the angles when she presents her findings.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

William Massey QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersIs a superb UK inheritance tax silk.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kevin Prosser QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersSolves problems extremely quickly.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Ewart QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersVery quick to get at the issue.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rupert Baldry QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersIs clear and understandable even on difficult and complex tax points and, although confident in terms of advice, he is not overly bullish.
Ranked: Tier 2
Giles Goodfellow QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersThinks creatively to find solutions.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Tallon QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersIs excellent at solving problems.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Vallat QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersProvides very clear and practical guidance. He has a thorough knowledge of the law and its implications.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

James Rivett QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersApproachable, engages really well with lay clients (makes the law interesting and relevant to them), engenders a great partnership with the solicitor as he is always happy for us to ring up with questions later.
David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersAbsolutely brilliant mind, incisive, decisive, superb recall of case law, and he really impresses in consultations.

Leading Juniors

Emma Chamberlain - Pump Court Tax ChambersIs the barrister who actually knows what she is talking about and doesn't get lost down technical rabbit-holes. She will actually tell you the right answer.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth Wilson - Pump Court Tax ChambersProvides clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Chacko - Pump Court Tax ChambersHas a good analytical mind, and is able to work on his own without a QC in the higher courts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jeremy Woolf - Pump Court Tax ChambersVery easy to work with; available to respond quickly to queries.
Ranked: Tier 2
Oliver Conolly - Pump Court Tax ChambersIs incredibly knowledgeable. Mr Connolly's responses were confident and robust.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jan Matthews - Pump Court Tax ChambersA very well-regarded junior.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Poots - Pump Court Tax ChambersQuickness of response and the ability to explain complex legislation in plain language are her main strengths.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ian Richards - Pump Court Tax ChambersVastly experienced in offshore tax matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Thomas - Pump Court Tax ChambersWe really rate him. Explains things very clearly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Specialist Pump Court Tax Chambers houses many of the revenue Bar's elite names, with members of all levels of seniority covering the gamut of personal and corporate taxation work. With the promotion of Laura Poots and Ben Elliott to the Government Legal Department's A and B panels respectively, the set is now up to ten junior panellists on top of its strong taxpayer caseload. Nigel Jones, the set's senior clerk for over 18 years, sadly passed away on 26 November 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks always provide a good and prompt service.

Efficient, friendly, and helpful.

The clerks are always helpful and positive.

The clerks are efficient and approachable. Rob Adams is particularly helpful and trains their juniors well.

The clerks are excellent and have been extremely helpful over the years.

Lauren Miller was excellent at responding quickly to queries and emails. Lauren also ensured counsel kept to the agreed timetable.

Set:

Probably the strongest of all the tax sets with excellent barristers at all level of experience.

Pump Court is the go to set for private client work. There is a quite astonishing breath and depth of talent there. Without exception the barristers I have dealt with are really approachable, user friendly and technically able. Their biannual tax conference is excellent.

Pump Court Tax Chambers are a fantastic set and have never failed to deliver.

Pump Court Tax Chambers is the go-to tax set and is generally my first port of call on tax cases. They have a great depth of expertise – so that I know that if a particular barrister is not available, the clerks will be able to suggest a very capable replacement.

The best tax set in the UK, bar none.

The pre-eminent specialist tax chambers in London. Always my first choice.

The whole set is absolutely first-rate.

The set offers an excellent range of advisers of different seniority and experience but always top quality.

Advice is always given in a timely fashion.

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Pump Court Tax Chambers, 'a fantastic set and which never fails to deliver',  stands out for its deep expertise in VAT and other indirect taxes, handling high-profile cases in relation to landfill, and gaming taxes. Highlights for Roger Thomas QC included Zipvit v HMRC, where he represented the claimant, as a trade customer of Royal Mail, in the Supreme Court to recover input tax on supplies made over a 30-year period. Amid a prolific year, Andrew Hitchmough QC led Barbara Belgrano in Hastings Insurance Service Ltd v HMRC, successfully arguing for the taxpayer that VAT can be reclaimed on insurance policies supplied from Gibraltar. Also of note, Zizhen Yang is developing a strong reputation in the indirect tax world.

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

David Milne QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is an outstanding advocate and extremely clear and client focused in his advice work. His opinions are always hugely insightful.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kevin Prosser QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe can simplify and get to the core of difficult tax issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Ewart QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHuge technical ability. Very quick to get at the issue.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rupert Baldry QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersRupert is incredibly cool and collected under pressure. He is clear in his advice and works in a collaborative manner. A great advocate in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Giles Goodfellow QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is imaginative and finds solutions that others have not spotted.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Tallon QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersVery approachable and sees all sides of a problem.
Ranked: Tier 3
Roger Thomas QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersA first-rate mind and very responsive. A real expert in corporate and indirect taxes.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Vallat QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersExceptionally bright and thoughtful, providing practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Andrew Hitchmough QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHis technical abilities are first-rate and he is very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Milne QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is an outstanding advocate and extremely clear and client focused in his advice work. His opinions are always hugely insightful.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Ewart QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHuge technical ability. Very quick to get at the issue.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kevin Prosser QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe can simplify and get to the core of difficult tax issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rupert Baldry QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersRupert is incredibly cool and collected under pressure. He is clear in his advice and works in a collaborative manner. A great advocate in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Roger Thomas QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersA first-rate mind and very responsive. A real expert in corporate and indirect taxes.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Vallat QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersExceptionally bright and thoughtful, providing practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Tax: corporate - 2019 Silks

James Rivett QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is a tenacious litigator and someone who pursues his case with vigour.
David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersExcellent advocate who is able to read the court well, technically excellent and great tactically, too.

Tax: VAT - 2019 silks

David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersExcellent advocate who is able to read the court well, technically excellent and great tactically, too.

Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Jeremy Woolf - Pump Court Tax ChambersHis knowledge and practical experience in both UK and offshore matters are extensive and highly valuable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Chacko - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is a patient professional who leaves no stones unturned.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Henderson - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is resourceful and resilient in defending his clients’ interests.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Thomas - Pump Court Tax ChambersHis written opinions are carefully considered and he is not afraid to dissuade clients from appealing when he considers a case to be particularly problematic.
Ranked: Tier 2
Elizabeth Wilson - Pump Court Tax ChambersVery bright and capable. She is extremely diligent and thorough. She had a fine analytical mind and writes very clearly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Zizhen Yang - Pump Court Tax ChambersTechnically strong and very hard working.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: VAT Leading juniors

James Henderson - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is resourceful and resilient in defending his clients’ interests.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jeremy White - Pump Court Tax ChambersJeremy is the pre-eminent authority on customs and excise duty issues in the UK. His knowledge is unrivalled.
Ranked: Tier 2
Zizhen Yang - Pump Court Tax ChambersTechnically strong and very hard working.
Ranked: Tier 2
Barbara Belgrano - Pump Court Tax ChambersAn exceptionally bright and able junior. She has huge technical ability, a terrific eye for detail, drafts with precision and is exceptionally diligent and focused. She is everything that one would wish to see in a junior barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Chacko - Pump Court Tax ChambersHe is a patient professional who leaves no stones unturned.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sadiya Choudhury - Pump Court Tax ChambersAn extremely effective adviser who is attentive to client needs and very understanding of the way in which their businesses work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Oliver Conolly - Pump Court Tax ChambersHighly intelligent with a very organised approach.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Poots - Pump Court Tax ChambersA great legal mind. Takes a commercial approach to tax problems.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Thomas - Pump Court Tax ChambersHis written opinions are carefully considered and he is not afraid to dissuade clients from appealing when he considers a case to be particularly problematic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jeremy Woolf - Pump Court Tax ChambersHis knowledge and practical experience in both UK and offshore matters are extensive and highly valuable.
Ranked: Tier 3

 

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr John Avery-Jones  photo Dr John Avery-Jones John Avery Jones has sat as a judge in the Tax Tribunals…
 Rupert Baldry QC photo Rupert Baldry QC Experienced in all the main areas of tax, direct and indirect, advisory…
 Barbara Belgrano  photo Barbara Belgrano Barbara joined Chambers in October 2012 after completing her 12- month pupillage.…
 Charles Bradley  photo Charles Bradley Recent Cases include: O’Mara & anor v RCC [2017] UKFTT 91 (TC) (pensions liberation –…
Mr Jonathan Bremner photo Mr Jonathan Bremner Jonathan advises on the major UK taxes and acts in tax appeals…
 Thomas Chacko  photo Thomas Chacko
 Emma Chamberlain  photo Emma Chamberlain Emma Chamberlain OBE specialises in taxation and trust advice for high net worth…
 Sadiya Choudhury  photo Sadiya Choudhury Sadiya has a broad advisory and litigation practice across all areas of…
 Oliver Conolly  photo Oliver Conolly Recent cases include: Tower Radio Ltd v HMRC [2012] (First-tier Tribunal), acting…
 Sarah Dunn  photo Sarah Dunn Sarah Dunn specialises in tax and trust law, particularly inheritance tax, capital…
 Ben Elliott  photo Ben Elliott Ben advises and litigates on all aspects of revenue law, as well…
 David Ewart QC photo David Ewart QC David Ewart specialises in all areas of taxation, both corporate and personal,…
Mr Julian Ghosh photo Mr Julian Ghosh Julian Ghosh’s practice covers all areas of taxation. He is particularly well…
 Giles Goodfellow QC photo Giles Goodfellow QC Giles’s practice covers the full range of advisory work on direct (including…
 James Henderson  photo James Henderson James advises on all the major UK taxes. His work covers corporate…
 Andrew Hitchmough QC photo Andrew Hitchmough QC Andrew specialises in all forms of corporate tax, VAT and customs duties.…
 William Massey QC photo William Massey QC Widely recognised and consulted in all types of revenue work, with a…
 Jan Matthews  photo Jan Matthews Barrister specialising in tax planning and litigation for private clients, SMEs, partnerships,…
 David Milne QC photo David Milne QC Specialises in both direct and indirect tax, especially litigation and dispute resolution;…
 Peter Nias  photo Peter Nias Peter Nias is a barrister and CEDR-accredited mediator. He is a member…
Sir Stephen Oliver QC photo Sir Stephen Oliver QC The first 25 years of Sir Stephen’s professional career were spent at…
Ms Emma Pearce  photo Ms Emma Pearce       Emma joined Chambers on 1st October 2015 after completing her twelve…
 Laura Poots  photo Laura Poots Practises in all areas of taxation, direct and indirect, whether planning or…
 Kevin Prosser QC photo Kevin Prosser QC Widely recognised and consulted in all types of revenue work with a…
 Ian Richards  photo Ian Richards Ian Richards specialises in advising both domiciled and non domiciled private clients…
 James Rivett  photo James Rivett James’ practice includes advice and litigation in all areas of revenue law,…
 John Tallon QC photo John Tallon QC John Tallon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and has been…
 Roger Thomas QC photo Roger Thomas QC Roger’s advisory practice covers a wide area of both direct and indirect…
 Andrew Thornhill QC photo Andrew Thornhill QC Formerly Head of Chambers, Specialises in all areas of tax but with…
 Richard Vallat  photo Richard Vallat Practises in all areas of revenue law,including advice and planning in the…
 Edward Waldegrave  photo Edward Waldegrave Edward joined chambers in December 2012 after completing his 12-month pupillage and…
 Jeremy White  photo Jeremy White Jeremy White’s practice covers advice and litigation in civil and criminal matters…
 Elizabeth Wilson  photo Elizabeth Wilson Elizabeth Wilson practises in all areas of revenue law with particular emphasis…
 Quinlan Windle  photo Quinlan Windle Quinlan joined Chambers on 1st October 2017 after completing his twelve month…
 Jeremy Woolf  photo Jeremy Woolf Jeremy Woolf’s practice includes a mixture of non-contentious and contentious work relating…
 Zizhen Yang  photo Zizhen Yang Zizhen advises and litigates on all aspects of revenue law, as well…
 David Yates  photo David Yates David frequently advises on or acts in litigation relating to private client,…
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