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Field Court Tax Chambers

Work Department

Tax – corporate; tax – international; private client – personal tax.


Works in most areas of revenue law, with particular emphasis on international tax and European Union tax law. Particular interest in taxation and the European Convention on Human Rights. Recent cases include Apple (CJEU), GEFI (UT) and Fisher (Supreme Court). Current cases include a State Aid case for the UK Government. Adviser on drafting of Mauritius Income Tax Act, and counsel for Mauritius Revenue Authority in appeals to Privy Council (CIEL, De Marroussem, Jauffoor, Bikeworld, Chiniah, Mirbel, Royal Gardens, NTA, Sharon, Total, CWA, Grove Park, Blue Lagoon). Expert witness on international tax for cases in US, India, Australia, Norway, Trinidad & Tobago and in international arbitrations; advice on taxation in connection with Gibraltar, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Uganda, UAE and Grenada. He has chaired cross-border arbitration under tax treaties.


Qualified 1979; Gray’s Inn; QC 2002; OBE 1997; lecturer in Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University 1979-87; in Chambers since 1987; Visiting Professorial Fellow, Queen Mary University of London 1998-2006; senior visiting fellow Institute for Advanced Legal Studies; visiting professor, Faculty of Law, Oxford University; publications: ‘Double Taxation Conventions’ (Sweet & Maxwell, 3rd edition, looseleaf); editor ‘International Tax Law Reports’.


French, Chinese.


Law Society International Tax Sub-committee; Tax Professionals Forum; International Tax Group.


Haberdashers’ Aske’s Elstree; Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1977 MA Law Double First); Balliol College, Oxford (1978 BCL 1st); University College, London (1979 LLM); SOAS, London (1985 PhD); London Business School (1992 MBA).


Family, sinology, Arsenal.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Tax: corporate

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Baker KC – Field Court Tax Chambers

Members of Field Court Tax Chambers have appeared as advocates throughout the UK courts, as well as in the European Court of Justice, the Privy Council, and foreign courts. International taxation expert Philip Baker KC has a long record of lecturing, and is published on double taxation treaties. Head of chambers Patrick Soares advises on the structuring of land transactions. Patrick Way KC, who is a co-founder of the set, handles a broad range of matters including taxation of interest. Imran S Afzal, described as ‘a joy to watch in court’, provided advocacy in Gallaher Limited v HMRC, a dispute as to availability of domestic law tax relief which went before the Court of Justice of the European Union, one of the last British cases to do so. Dilpreet K Dhanoa appears for a broad range of clients on domestic and international tax matters, and appeared for Hargreaves Property Holdings in Hargreaves Property Holdings Ltd v HMRC, a case on the taxation of interest on overseas loans which was appealed to the Upper Tribunal.

London Bar > Tax: personal

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Baker KCField Court Tax Chambers ‘In addition to possessing the usual qualities for a KC (in-depth knowledge of his subject matter, strategic advice), Philip is a bit of a visionary. He was the first English lawyer to write about the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 for taxation.’

Field Court Tax Chambers boasts a highly international membership, and includes a diverse range of practitioners with expertise across the EU and beyond. Patrick Way KC, who is a co-founder of the chambers, is experienced at all levels of the UK tax system and Privy Council, with ‘a wide scope of expertise in the area of UK personal tax matters.’ Philip Baker KC has a long record as a lecturer in tax law, and has expertise in international matters. Head of chambers Patrick Soares advises on a broad range of matters, including the structuring of major land transactions. Imran S Afzal ‘excels in drafting clear, coherent pleadings and skeleton arguments’, and represented HMRC as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal in Candy v HMRC, which related to whether a claim for repayment of stamp duty land tax by the property developer and Convervative Party donor Christian Candy was made in time.