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Michael Furness QC
Barrister; formerly first standing junior to the Inland Revenue in Chancery matters; appears regularly in the High Court and Court of Appeal, both for the government and for private clients; outside Revenue litigation, his practice concentrates on pension schemes, trusts, charities and professional negligence, principally in the fields of pensions and tax. Overseas, he has a substantial contentious and non-contentious trust practice mainly in Bermuda, and involving large family trusts. He also appears regularly in the courts of Hong Kong, including three appearances in the Court of Final Appeal.
Called 1982; Lincoln’s Inn; QC 2000; deputy High Court judge 2004.
Association of Pension Lawyers; Chancery Bar Association; Revenue Bar Association.
Cambridge University (MA); Oxford University (BCL).
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3 (Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1 (Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2 (Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2
Wilberforce Chambers is a ‘very impressive set’ that is frequently involved in some of the most high-value and complicated cases in the charity sector. One such recent highlight was Jonathan Davey QC, who is described as ‘technically very knowledgeable, is excellent at absorbing detailed points and at articulating it simply to the judge‘, representing the HM Revenue and Customs in Life Services Ltd v HM Revenue and Customs - including  UKUT 0002 (TC). This is a test case about the compatibility of UK devolution with EU law concerning the taxation of charities and similar entities in different parts of the UK. The ‘excellent‘ Michael Furness QC is also worthy of note.
Chancery set Wilberforce Chambers counts pensions, property, trusts and offshore matters as core specialisms. 2020 was a busy year for the set: Brian Green QC took over from Michael Furness QC as Head of Chambers; Stuart Isaacs QC, a specialist in international commercial arbitration and litigation, joined from King & Spalding LLP; Zoë Barton QC and Andrew Mold QC were appointed to silk; and Stephen Brown joined from Hardwicke.