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

London Bar > Private client: personal tax Tier 1

Pump Court Tax Chambers is the ‘pre-eminent tax set with excellent barristers at all levels.’ It continues to thrive as is evidenced by Elizabeth Wilson QC  taking silk in 2021 and its ongoing involvement in various key cases. Highlights included William Massey QC acting (jointly with Emma Pearce) as an expert witness by providing a report for the Royal Court of Guernsey on the UK inheritance tax treatment of a Guernsey law settlement that had been established by a non-domiciled, non-resident individual in 2002. In R (Locke) v HMRC, David Ewart QC was recently instructed by the taxpayer in a judicial review about whether, and under what circumstances, follower notices and Accelerated Payment Notices should be issued.

Rising stars

Emma Pearce - Pump Court Tax ChambersEmma is not only highly intelligent, she is also very good at setting out her advice clearly whether orally or in writing, is very accessible to the lay client and delightful to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
William Massey QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersWilliam has a huge amount of knowledge of the taxation of landed estates accumulated over very many years. He is lawyer and client friendly. His experience underpins his reassuring manner and presence, both in the conference room and in court. He is always a pleasure to work with and is collaborative in his approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kevin Prosser QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersOne of the country's leading tax QCs. A superb advocate and (rather unusually in tax) excellent at cross-examining witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rupert Baldry QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersUser and client-friendly, with the ability to give incisive and clear advice as to the strengths and weaknesses of a position. Experienced in terms of HMRC practice and helpful in terms of practical as well as technical advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
James Rivett QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersJames is fantastic with clients. He is very clever but wears it lightly. Always inspires confidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Leading Juniors

Emma Chamberlain - Pump Court Tax ChambersEmma is very good at interpreting tax legislation and coming up with creative ideas.
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Chacko - Pump Court Tax ChambersA good, strategic thinker. Thomas is very bright and on top of the arguments. He thinks quickly on his feet and deals well with curveballs thrown by the judge.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Oliver Conolly - Pump Court Tax ChambersOliver provides clear robust advice. He is very well conversed with the relevant legislation, case law and the SDLT manual which enables him to provide a substantive response back to HMRC in a timely manner. Whilst dealing with a complex area of law, Oliver delivers his advice in a clear, straightforward manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Poots - Pump Court Tax ChambersLaura is very approachable and commercially focused. She is technically excellent and is happy to work through specific questions on legislation or cases thoroughly but clearly, often "translating" the complex technical wording to apply it to client situations.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set 

The set is a premier one on tax advice.’

‘A go to chambers for technical tax advice, whether personal tax or corporate. Barristers at all levels, so real strength-in-depth. Chambers have always been very good at providing training opportunities.

‘A go to set of Chambers on UK tax matters.’

In a class of its own amongst tax chambers. Real quality across the board.’

‘Pump Court Tax Chambers is a leading set, and we have pleasure in consulting barristers of all levels on various tax matters. ‘

Clerking

‘Excellent service, and clerks always pleasant and helpful.

‘Have had good service from Rob Adams.’

Helpful and responsive.

‘Proactive, helpful and extremely commercial.’

‘Prompt, efficient, polite and very eager to provide an excellent services.

London Bar > Professional negligence

Leading Silks

David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersDavid has excellent command of the detail without losing sight of the bigger picture. He quickly identifies the key issues and provides clear, practical and strategic advice to the client.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Pump Court Tax Chambers is a ‘leading specialist tax set‘ with a strong presence in the VAT and indirect tax space. The set handles VAT reclaim cases, landfill tax, gaming duty, as well as exploring the operation and scope of exemptions. VAT specialist Andrew Hitchmough QC and Barbara Belgrano  represented the successful taxpayer in London Clubs Management v HMRC, in which the Supreme Court dismissed the revenue’s appeal that free bet vouchers should be taken in to account for gaming duty.  Roger Thomas QC is a key individual in the VAT and SDLT space and has extensive experience litigating before the Supreme Court and CJEU. Zizhen Yang is also noted and acted as sole counsel for G4S in its appeal against a statutory interest assessment by HMRC.

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Kevin Prosser QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersKevin's particular strengths include his strong technical knowledge, explaining his views clearly, both in person and in writing; and considering issues from both a technical and commercial perspective.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Rupert Baldry QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and one of the few barristers in the tax Bar well versed in the environmental taxes. Extremely able and pragmatic in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Rivett QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersJames is extremely personable and a great VAT technician. He provides well thought through advice and will happily explore angles or counter points to get to a solution. He is a pleasure to work with and popular with clients. James is a tenacious and highly effective advocate in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Roger Thomas QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersRoger is an expert in his field. First rate. He is very bright, pro-active and innovative in his thinking and a fantastic advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersDavid's greatest strength is his commercially savvy yet calm approach to his advice. He speaks in a perfectly measured cadence that allows for clarity and comprehension by advisers and clients alike. He is very good at hearing the counter argument and explaining why some strategies are not always the best option for the overall picture.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Andrew Hitchmough QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersAndrew's strengths lie in technical excellence and communicating exceptionally well with clients, cutting through the complexity of the tax code to identify the pertinent points. Andrew's identification of the points of tension in legal analysis means that the run up to litigation is focussed and prepared. Andrew has a down to earth and friendly manner. Andrew's strategic approach to disputes is second to none, offering clients incisive and proactive advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Kevin Prosser QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersKevin's particular strengths include his strong technical knowledge, explaining his views clearly, both in person and in writing; and considering issues from both a technical and commercial perspective.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rupert Baldry QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and one of the few barristers in the tax Bar well versed in the environmental taxes. Extremely able and pragmatic in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Roger Thomas QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersRoger is an expert in his field. First rate. He is very bright, pro-active and innovative in his thinking and a fantastic advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersDavid's greatest strength is his commercially savvy yet calm approach to his advice. He speaks in a perfectly measured cadence that allows for clarity and comprehension by advisers and clients alike. He is very good at hearing the counter argument and explaining why some strategies are not always the best option for the overall picture.
Ranked: Tier 4

Tax: corporate - 2021 Silks

Elizabeth Wilson QC - Pump Court Tax ChambersShe has recently become a QC, and will no doubt become a very popular choice as counsel. Elizabeth excellent to work with.

Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Chacko - Pump Court Tax ChambersExcellent sophisticated analysis of difficult niche tax issues. Clear and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Henderson - Pump Court Tax ChambersJames has a very good sense of humour and is fun to work with whilst not losing focus of the overall task at hand.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: VAT - Leading juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Barbara Belgrano - Pump Court Tax ChambersExtremely bright and incredibly capable. I have always been impressed by her passion for the law. Her calm and assured manner instils confidence in both professional and lay client.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Henderson - Pump Court Tax ChambersJames has a very good sense of humour and is fun to work with whilst not losing focus of the overall task at hand.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jeremy White - Pump Court Tax ChambersJeremy is probably the pre-eminent practising barrister in customs and excise duty in the UK. The breadth of his knowledge of the law - both UK and EU - is probably not equalled by any other practitioner. He is a fearless advocate and will not shy away from difficult submissions or exchanges.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Chacko - Pump Court Tax ChambersExcellent sophisticated analysis of difficult niche tax issues. Clear and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sadiya Choudhury - Pump Court Tax ChambersSadiya is my first port of call for tax and customs matters. She not only knows the technical rules inside and out, but is also able to get to the heart of the matter quickly in order to provide the lay client with practical, commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Poots - Pump Court Tax ChambersLaura is very diligent and hard-working and acts as a great gatekeeper for the silk she is being led by. Laura is also very approachable and gets under the skin of a matter.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

The single strongest tax set.’

The number one tax set

Strong juniors and well-respected seniors in all areas of revenue law.’

The chambers are rightly regarded as experts in this field, and their webinar programme has been most useful during the last year.’

They have all the virtues and assets you would expect of a market leading set.’

Clerking

The clerking service is exceptional – they always go above and beyond, and are often able to provide assistance at very short notice.’

I have been impressed with the clerking service at Pump Court Tax Chambers, in particular Rob Adams. I have found the clerks to be both friendly and approachable, facilitating conference calls with ease, a necessity in these challenging times.’

John Poyser very easy to deal with and responsive.

I have found the clerking service to be very efficient. My main point of contact is Bruno Antoniotti and he has always provided an excellent service.’

Very good. I have always found the clerks to be very helpful.’

 

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
Director of Clerking Mark Rushton
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 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)
Members of Chambers BLAJ, Calypso (2017)
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 photo Rupert Baldry Rupert Baldry has been at Pump Court Tax Chambers since 1993. He…
 Barbara Belgrano  photo Barbara Belgrano Barbara joined Chambers in October 2012 after completing her 12- month pupillage.…
 Calypso Blaj  photo Calypso Blaj Calypso joined Chambers as a full tenant on 7th October 2020 after…
 Charles Bradley  photo Charles Bradley Charles practises in all areas of revenue law. He regularly appears as…
 Thomas Chacko  photo Thomas Chacko Tom has been in practice at Pump Court since October 2009 and…
 Emma Chamberlain  photo Emma Chamberlain Emma Chamberlain specialises in tax and trust advice for private clients, trusts…
 Sadiya Choudhury  photo Sadiya Choudhury Sadiya was called to the Bar in 2002 and became a member…
 Oliver Conolly  photo Oliver Conolly Oliver practices in all areas of tax law. In addition to an all…
 Sarah Dunn  photo Sarah Dunn
 Ben Elliott  photo Ben Elliott Ben accepts instructions to act and advise in all areas of Chambers’…
 David Ewart photo David Ewart David Ewart specialises in all areas of taxation, both corporate and personal,…
 Giles Goodfellow photo Giles Goodfellow Giles’ practice covers the full range of advisory work on direct and…
 James Henderson  photo James Henderson James advises on all the major UK taxes. His work covers corporate…
 Andrew Hitchmough photo Andrew Hitchmough Andrew Hitchmough specialises in all forms of corporate tax, VAT and Customs…
 Ronan Magee  photo Ronan Magee Ronan joined Chambers on 2nd October 2018 after completing his twelve-month pupillage.…
 William Massey photo William Massey William Massey’s practice covers all areas of personal and corporate taxation, tax…
 David Milne photo David Milne David Milne specializes in both direct and indirect tax, especially litigation and…
 Peter Nias  photo Peter Nias Peter Nias is a practising tax specialist Barrister at Pump Court Tax…
Sir Stephen Oliver photo Sir Stephen Oliver The first 25 years of Sir Stephen’s professional career were spent at…
Ms Emma Pearce  photo Ms Emma Pearce Emma has a broad advisory and litigation practice which covers all major…
 Laura Poots  photo Laura Poots Laura practises in all areas of taxation, acting in the course of…
 Kevin Prosser photo Kevin Prosser Kevin Prosser is widely recognised and consulted in all types of Revenue…
 James Rivett  photo James Rivett James practises in all areas of revenue law. His practice includes advice…
 Laura Ruxandu  photo Laura Ruxandu Laura joined Chambers on 2nd October 2018 after completing her twelve-month pupillage.…
 John Tallon photo John Tallon John Tallon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and has been…
 Roger Thomas photo Roger Thomas Roger’s advisory practice covers a wide area of both direct and indirect…
 Richard Vallat  photo Richard Vallat Richard Vallat practises in all areas of revenue law. His practice includes…
 Edward Waldegrave  photo Edward Waldegrave Edward joined Chambers in December 2012 after completing his twelve month pupillage…
 Jeremy White  photo Jeremy White Jeremy White’s practice covers advice and litigation in both civil and criminal…
 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’s advisory practice covers a wide area of both direct and indirect…
 Zizhen Yang  photo Zizhen Yang Possessing a depth of experience across the spectrum of tax issues, in…
 David Yates  photo David Yates David’s practice covers a wide range of tax law areas and related…
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