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Temple Tax Chambers


International tax disputes as counsel and as an expert and advice on solving cross-border tax problems, including cross-border mergers, acquisitions and reorganisations, investment funds and private equity, shipping, including tonnage tax, transfer pricing, cross-border employment and planning for UK non-domiciled residents, tax treaties and EU law affecting taxation.


Advocate, South Africa 1977; barrister and solicitor, Canada 1981; called England and Wales, Middle Temple 1998; visiting professor, faculty of law, King’s College London. Publications of note include: author of ‘Schwarz on Tax Treaties’ (CCH 3rd ed, 2013); Booth and Schwarz: Residence, Domicile and UK Taxation (Bloomsbury 17th ed 2013); consultant editor ‘Annotated Double Tax Treaties’ (CCH); contributor ‘Transfer Pricing and Business Restructuring’ (IBFD 2009).


Witwatersrand (BA; LLB); University of California, Berkeley (LLM); Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Tax: corporate

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Schwarz – Temple Tax Chambers ‘He is excellent and always goes the extra mile for clients.’

Specialist tax set Temple Tax Chambers includes members experienced in litigation at all levels, in addition to a broad range of advisory matters. Alun James  ’s advisory practice covers corporate reorganisations, debt restructuring, and venture capital trusts, among others. Ximena Montes Manzano, who appeared before the Court of Appeal in key IR35 case Atholl House Productions Limited v HMRC, is highly active for taxpayers. Jonathan Schwarz focuses on international disputes and cross-border tax issues, including acting for the Danish customs and tax administration in Skatteforvaltningen v Solo Capital Partners LLP & Ors, a case concerning the attempted recovery of €1.7bn from a Dubai-based hedge fund that the Danish revenue alleges are the proceeds of “cum-ex” fraud. Philip Ridgway acts on the full range of tax matters, including both litigious and advisory issues. David Pett, who was formerly head of tax at Pinsent Masons LLP, has key strength in employment tax.

London Bar > Tax: personal

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan SchwarzTemple Tax Chambers