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Chambers Of Patrick C Soares
Field Court Tax Chambers
3 FIELD COURT, GRAY’S INN
LONDON
WC1R 5EP
England

Private client: personal tax Tier 3

Field Court Tax Chambers is ‘very approachable, helpful and friendly’ and routinely advises governments, multinational enterprises, wealthy individuals, charities, celebrities, tax authorities and businesses globally on all areas of UK tax law. Recent highlights include Patrick Way QC acting in Ardmore Construction Ltd v HMRC, a major case in the Court of Appeal that was widely reported in the tax press and considered the meaning of the 'source of interest' for tax purposes.

Leading Silks

Patrick Way QC - Field Court Tax ChambersOne of the marks of a knowledgeable and experienced QC is the ability to take a complex tax matter and to explain the law in ways that can readily be understood: certainly, Patrick has that ability.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Baker QC - Field Court Tax ChambersAn excellent silk for tax work.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Patrick Soares - Field Court Tax ChambersA highly regarded junior.
Ranked: Tier 2
Imran Afzal - Field Court Tax ChambersVery clever; can unravel the most complex of legal knots.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Field Court Tax Chambers' members have expertise in private and corporate tax matters. In recent news, Imran S Afzal was selected to participate in the inaugural Bar Council Leadership Programme.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are responsive and flexible.

Very prompt and efficient service from the clerks’ room and very good on agreeing fee estimates in advance.

Set:

The administration team is professional and responsive.

Chambers are very approachable, helpful and friendly.

Well known for tax advocacy and commercial approach.

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

'Well known for tax advocacy and a commercial approach', Field Court Tax Chambers has a dynamic practice that covers the entirety of UK tax law, double taxation and tax-related human rights law, from advisory and litigation perspectives. Head of chambers Patrick Soares has an active advisory practice in relation to the structuring of major land transactions. In Andrew Davies & others v HMRCPatrick Way QC represented the taxpayer in relation to an application of a transfer of assets abroad in the context of pensions. Imran Afzal, who is on the treasury B panel, represented the Mauritius revenue authority in Avago Technologies Trading Ltd v Mauritius Revenue Authority, a matter concerning the transfer pricing of cross-border payments for IP rights.

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Philip Baker QC - Field Court Tax ChambersExcellent command of cases, impressive and persuasive oral advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Patrick Way QC - Field Court Tax ChambersVery efficient and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Imran Afzal - Field Court Tax ChambersVery clever; can unravel the most complex of legal knots; technically excellent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Patrick Soares - Field Court Tax ChambersA go-to tax barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Vaines - Field Court Tax ChambersHe is rigorous, thorough and precise, displays an intuitive understanding of the matters referred to him and turns work around very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 2

 

Field Court Tax Chambers deals with all aspects of taxation and is led by highly experienced and respected leaders in the sector. Specialist advice and representation includes international and European tax, property tax matters, value added tax, corporate taxation, M&A advice, restructuring, trusts and estate planning, including acting for high-profile individuals, partnerships and multinational corporations.

The set: Chambers provides dedicated taxation services of the highest quality, delivered with a commitment to meet the commercial and individual needs of clients, as well as to provide first-class legal expertise. The members have a track record of excellence. They have experience of acting on the instructions of clients, ranging from the UK and other governments to major corporations and smaller businesses across a range of industries, as well as individuals. Members of Chambers appear at all levels of the UK court system including the Privy Council  and in the European Court of Justice.

Patrick C Soares is one of the best-known tax lecturers to the professions in the country and lectures on tax structures for property, as well as offshore taxes and estate planning. Topics on which he has spoken and chaired conferences include “Optimum Tax Structures for Land Transactions” and “The Taxation of Overseas Trusts and Companies”. He has written many books and booklets on a wide range of tax matters and is the Tax Editor of the Property Law Bulletin.

Patrick Way QC’s current case load includes issues relating to transfer pricing, DPT, individual and corporate residence, double tax agreements, VAT on property transactions, corporate reconstructions, taxation of interest, mutual agreement procedures, COP9 investigations, image rights investigations, ATED, transfers of assets abroad and many other topics.

Philip Baker QC has written one of the leading text books on “Double Taxation Agreements” and has specialist expertise in taxation and the European Convention on Human Rights. He has acted for the UK and foreign governments, and appeared in the House of Lords, Privy Council and European Court of Justice.

Imran Afzal read Law at Oxford as an undergraduate and postgraduate, coming top of the university on both occasions, and has had a meteoric rise in the profession. He has taught tax part-time at the LSE and on the MA in Taxation at the IALS.

Peter Vaines was a tax partner in firms of accountants and solicitors for many years before joining chambers in 2016. He was the lead advisor in the case of Gaines-Cooper and is described as the elder statesman of residence and domicile. He writes and lectures widely on tax issues and won the Tax Writer of the Year Award in 2015.

David Bloom QC holds the degrees of LLB (Hons) and LLM (Hons) from the University of Sydney. He was called to the New South Wales Bar in August 1975 and became one of Her Majesty’s Counsel in 1987. David is also a practising member of the Bar of England and Wales and a member of the New York State Bar.

Philip Goeth was called to the Bar in 2017. Previously he was a senior partner with a Big-4 accounting firm, holding leadership positions in Austria, Switzerland, and in the Asia-Pacific region. He obtained a Master of Business Administration and a Master and Doctor of Law degree in Austria, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP and a Master of Law at the LSE in London. He was awarded rights of audience as Chartered Tax Adviser in the Austrian tax courts in 1997, and he is also licensed as Certified Public Accountant in Austria and as Auditing Expert in Switzerland.

Katherine Bullock was called to the Bar in 1988 and was formerly a tax partner and Head of Private Client Services for PwC and a tax partner and Head of Private Client Services for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at EY. She is recognised as one of the Private Client Practitioner’s Most Influential Private Client Advisers in the UK in 2013, 2014, and 2018 and in Spears Top 500 and 50 Top Tax Advisers in 2018.

*Porus Kaka is a Senior Advocate (India) and was President of the International Fiscal Association Worldwide (2013-2017). He was the first President from the Asian Region in its 75 years’ history. Previously, he represented India in the IFA’s Permanent Scientific Committee. He is currently a Trustee of International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (Netherlands) and Hon. President IFA. He is also on the Editorial Board of the World Tax Journal, and completed his LL.M from Harvard Law School in the USA. His areas of practice include all Direct Tax and International Tax Treaty Laws and litigation.

*This information is provided in relation to and for the purpose of work undertaken at Field Court Tax Chambers.

Types of work undertaken: Patrick C Soares advises on all aspects of taxation, providing notable expertise on the taxation and structuring of property transactions, as well as value added tax, trusts and offshore tax planning and tax advocacy. Patrick Way QC has appeared in leading tax cases at all levels of the UK court system and also advised on some of the largest corporate transactions in the UK, where the tax at stake has been in the multi-millions and he continues to advise high profile celebrities in the words of sport and entertainment. Philip Baker QC is one of the most renowned tax advisers on international tax matters, handling cases in jurisdictions, including India and Mauritius and at the European Court of Justice. He has advised the UK government and other governments on tax matters and has played a major part in the development of many tax systems. Imran Afzal has been involved in a range of domestic and international matters, acting for taxpayers and revenue authorities. He has been instructed in various high-profile and high-value matters, eg he assisted a foreign company in a matter involving over £1bn. Peter Vaines is well known for his experience on matters of residence and domicile and for advising on trusts and private client matters generally with many clients from overseas, in addition to wider issues such as tax investigations and share valuations for tax purposes.  David Bloom specialises in international tax and transfer pricing matters in Australia, the US and Canada and has appeared for multinationals such as Chevron, G.E., BHP Bilton and Rio Tinto. Philip Goeth represented a financial institution in accounting related enforcement proceedings against the ECB, opined on a complex insurance transaction under IFRS, advised on international tax issues in respect of HNWI relocations, negotiated a EUR 100m financing in a leveraged buyout in CEE, advises on tax, accounting and regulatory issues in the context of a rearrangement of a banking-insurance group structure, and represents clients in commercial litigation in London, Vienna and Zurich. Katherine Bullock advises on all areas of personal and corporate tax law, with particular emphasis on domestic and international matters for private clients and their companies, trusts and family structures. Typical areas include succession planning, structuring property holdings, offshore and onshore trusts issues, restructuring or disposing of the family business, tax-efficient investment, setting up charities and residence and domicile issues.

Field Court Tax Chambers is expanding from its very strong initial core of barristers and will continue to enhance its services in all its areas of expertise.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Practice manager Marie Burke
Assistant practice manager Stephanie Talbot
Head of Chambers SOARES, Patrick C (1983)
Member of Chambers WAY QC, Patrick (1994)
Member of Chambers BAKER QC, Philip (1979)
Member of Chambers AFZAL, Imran S (2008)
Member of Chambers VAINES, Peter (1989)
Member of Chambers BLOOM QC, David (Aust)
Member of Chambers GOETH, Philip (2017)
Member of Chambers BULLOCK, Katherine (1988)
Door Tenant KAKA, Porus F (India)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Imran S Afzal  photo Imran S Afzal Barrister at, and co-founder of, Field Court Tax Chambers. Has a broad…
 Philip Baker QC photo Philip Baker QC Works in most areas of revenue law, with particular emphasis on international…
Mr David Bloom QC photo Mr David Bloom QC David practises predominantly in the area of revenue law with a particular…
Ms Katherine Bullock  photo Ms Katherine Bullock Barrister at Field Court Tax Chambers. Advises on all areas of personal…
Dr Philip Goeth  photo Dr Philip Goeth Barrister at Field Court Tax Chambers, focussing on advising on a broad…
 Patrick C Soares  photo Patrick C Soares General taxation with special emphasis on the taxation of trusts, international tax,…
 Peter Vaines  photo Peter Vaines All areas of tax, with special emphasis on residence, domicile, trusts, international…
 Patrick Way QC photo Patrick Way QC All areas of tax, both as an adviser and an advocate. Queen’s…

Diversity

Field Court Tax Chambers is committed to providing equality of opportunity regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, gender re-assignment, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, religion or belief, political persuasion, pregnancy or maternity.

Pro bono assistance

Members of chambers are willing to provide assistance pro bono in appropriate cases. We have given pro bono advice and representation in the past, including assistance to the Low Income Tax Reform Group (LITRG) both in providing opinions to go to HMRC and HMT and in representing unrepresented litigants.


Diversity

Field Court Tax Chambers is committed to providing equality of opportunity regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, gender re-assignment, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, religion or belief, political persuasion, pregnancy or maternity.

Pro bono assistance

Members of chambers are willing to provide assistance pro bono in appropriate cases. We have given pro bono advice and representation in the past, including assistance to the Low Income Tax Reform Group (LITRG) both in providing opinions to go to HMRC and HMT and in representing unrepresented litigants.