Michael Furness QC > Chambers of Brian Green QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Brian Green QC
Wilberforce Chambers
8 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3QP
England

Position

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.

Career

Called 1982; Lincoln’s Inn; QC 2000; deputy High Court judge 2004.

Memberships

Association of Pension Lawyers; Chancery Bar Association; Revenue Bar Association.

Education

Cambridge University (MA); Oxford University (BCL).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Michael Furness QCWilberforce ChambersHe is highly respected by judges and opponents alike.

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Michael Furness QCWilberforce ChambersHugely experienced.

London Bar > Pensions

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Michael Furness QCWilberforce ChambersAn excellent barrister particularly for difficult technical questions and questions where pensions law is interfacing with another type of law.

London Bar > Charities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Michael Furness QCWilberforce ChambersIs very responsive and knowledgeable.

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 [2019]-[2020] including [2019] 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 ‘excellentMichael Furness QC is also worthy of note.

London Bar > Private client: personal tax

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Michael Furness QCWilberforce ChambersProvides very practical solutions to complicated issues.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Michael Furness QCWilberforce ChambersIntelligent, curious and with a deep knowledge of his subject. Incredibly hard working.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

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.