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Chambers of Kevin Prosser QC

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David Yates

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Pump Court Tax Chambers (Chambers of Kevin Prosser QC)


David frequently advises on or acts in litigation relating to private client, corporation tax, VAT and customs and duties. He is also very experienced in advising on and appearing in professional negligence and discipline cases arising in a tax context. David was appointed to the Attorney General's C panel in February 2009 and B panel in February 2013 and undertakes work for both taxpayers and HMRC. Recent tax cases include States of Guernsey and Jersey v HMRC (judicial  review of removal of VAT exemption for Channel Island imports), R (Bampton Property Group Ltd) v HMRC (judicial review on refusal of late claims for group relief), Sanderson (discovery assessments), Proteus & Samarkand (film schemes) and Mayes (Chargeable events regime & Ramsay); Birmingham Hippodrome (Set-off time limits) & Sanderson (discovery assessments), Rowe (APNs and PPNs) and Samarkand (film schemes). Qualified to accept Public Access instructions and willing to act under Joint Advisory Scheme and Special Advocacy Scheme.


Called 2004. March 2009: Appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown - "C" Panel. March 2013: Appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown - "B" Panel.


Professional Negligence Bar Association, Revenue Bar Association.


Cambridge University (1998-2001, MA); City University (2002-03, PgDL); Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln's Inn.

London Bar

Private client: personal tax

Within: 2019 Silks

David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘ An exceptionally clear and user-friendly barrister, with a very practical approach. ’

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Professional negligence

Within: 2019 Silks

David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘ Very technical and precise. ’

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Within: Tax: VAT - 2019 silks

David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘ He provides clear, accurate and timely advice and is an excellent courtroom advocate. ’

Within: Tax: corporate - 2019 Silks

David Yates QC - Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘ He provides clear, accurate and timely advice and is an excellent courtroom advocate. ’

Within: Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

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 (David Ewart QC and Rupert Baldry QC acted for HMRC with Jonathan Bremner QC on the other side); 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.

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