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1 Crown Office Row

Tax: Indirect Tax

5 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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1 Crown Office Row has a broad bench of practitioners able to assist clients with the full range of indirect tax law issues. Barristers here regularly represent the Revenue and taxpayer clients in cases concerning VAT, customs and excise, relief claims, input tax disputes and landfill taxes, among others. They are well respected for their advocacy skills and appear in cases across all levels of the UK court system. Indicative of the set's involvement in this sector, it recently handled Kaplan International Colleges (UK) Ltd v HMRC, a case involving a company set up in Hong Kong that was one of the last referrals to the CJEU before Brexit.

Client service:

"The clerks are very responsive and user-friendly." "They are very smooth and prompt." Matthew Phipps is the senior clerk. The set runs an extensive programme of training seminars, podcasts and socials throughout the country in order to maintain a close relationship with clients.

Strengths:

Amy Mannion
Amy Mannion is a skilled junior with a strong public law and indirect tax practice. She is often called upon to represent the Revenue in cases involving such matters as VAT and alcohol duty.
"She is incredibly hard-working and knowledgeable."
Recent work: Acted in Jersey Choice v HMRC, a damages claim against the Revenue for breach of EU law relating to its removal of a concession known as Low Value Consignment Relief.

Strengths:

Michael Paulin
Michael Paulin is a respected junior for VAT and SDLT cases including judicial review claims. He is experienced in acting for HMRC and government agencies, and regularly advises high-profile companies and individuals on indirect tax matters and the risk of tax disputes.
"He has worked hard to build a practice and is  very popular with clients."

Strengths:

Natasha Barnes
Natahsa Barnes is a highly respected tax barrister praised for her extensive work representing HMRC in high-stakes cases. She has extensive experience handling cases concerning VAT exemptions, HMRC assessments and fall-back provisions, among others.
"She argues her cases well, is bright and has great judgement." "She is hard-working and has a very strong understanding of tax law which she communicates succinctly."
Recent work: Appeared for the Revenue in Leisure, Independence, Friendship and Enablement Services v HMRC. a case looking at whether UK tax legislation can apply differing VAT treatment to services across the devolved nations of the UK.

Strengths:

Owain Thomas QC
Owain Thomas QC combines his tax practice with an impressive public law background. He regularly represents the Revenue and is extremely experienced in handling complex VAT and customs cases, among other matters. In addition to his litigation expertise he has a growing advisory practice.
"Very good with clients, great on strategy and an excellent advocate." "He has a good grasp of the issues and cuts to the heart of matters easily."
Recent work: Acted in Build a Bear v HMRC, a case concerning the customs classification of different types of accessories for Build a Bear's products.

Strengths:

Sarabjit Singh QC
Sarabjit Singh QC is a well-regarded practitioner who has a broad civil practice which encompasses in-depth indirect tax expertise. He is particularly well known for his representation of the Revenue in prominent VAT cases, and has experience of appearing before the Supreme Court.
"Has strong knowledge of customs duty law and is very good at working through how EU regulations translate into UK law." "He is very insightful and can articulate complex concepts in an easy to digest way."
Recent work: Acted for Malca-Amit (UK) in a case challenging an import tax bill amounting to £300 million for the importation of rough diamonds.

Tax: Indirect Tax

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Tax: Indirect Tax


Owain Thomas QC
Band 3
Sarabjit Singh QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Tax: Indirect Tax


Amy Mannion
Band 3
Michael Paulin
Band 3
Natasha Barnes
Band 3