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Chambers of Kevin Prosser QC
Pump Court Tax Chambers

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Widely recognised and consulted in all types of revenue work with a particularly strong litigation practice. Cases since 2015 include: CJEU: Mercedes-Benz (VAT, hire purchase); Supreme Court: UBS (income tax, employment income, tax avoidance); Court of Appeal: Blackwell: (CGT, deductible expenditure); Court of Appeal: Bristol & West Court of Appeal (corporation tax avoidance, closure notice); Upper Tribunal: Morrisons Trusts (CGT, tax avoidance); Brains research (income tax avoidance, R&D allowances, sham); ING Direct (VAT, supplies for consideration); Bowring (CGT avoidance, offshore trust); Wakefield College (VAT, supplies for consideration); FTT Reeves (CGT hold-over relief, EU Law, ECHR).


Called 1982, QC 1996; Recorder 2000-2015, Lincolns Inn Bencher 2005; Deputy High
Court Judge (2008-2015), Head of Chambers (2014 to present).


Chairman, Revenue Bar Association (2009-2013); London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.


Broxbourne School; University College, London (1979 LLB); St Edmund Hall, Oxford (1981 BCL); Bar School.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: personal tax

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Kevin Prosser QCPump Court Tax ChambersIs superb – he solves problems with incredible speed.

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.

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

(Tax: corporate - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Kevin Prosser QCPump Court Tax ChambersImpressive at testing issues and ensuring that all aspects of an issue are understood; responsive.

(Tax: VAT - Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Kevin Prosser QCPump Court Tax ChambersImpressive at testing issues and ensuring that all aspects of an issue are understood; responsive.

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.