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11 New Square

Tax

4 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table

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11 New Square is a well-rounded set noted for its deep expertise and vast knowledge of the indirect tax sector. Members appear in some of the highest-profile cases in the market, and regularly represent both HMRC and taxpayers across a range of industry sectors. Issues dealt with include VAT law, EU law, tax relief and tax recovery. The set's members appear in both domestic and European courts.

Client service:

"The clerks are very friendly and really efficient at getting paperwork sorted." "The clerks are very responsive." Tom Rook is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Hui Ling McCarthy QC
Hui Ling McCarthy QC is a highly praised silk who is lauded for her dedication to tax cases and is particularly well known for her expertise in complex, high-value VAT and Stamp Duty Land Tax matters. She regularly assists HMRC with some of its most significant indirect tax issues and has also developed a strong taxpayer-side practice.
"Very conscientious and extremely clever." "She is very client-friendly, easy to work with, pragmatic and sensible."
Recent work: Acted in Safestore v HRMC, an important case which set a precedent in relation to the interaction between the VAT rules concerning insurance and the FSMA 2000 exemption for self-storage providers.

Strengths:

John Brinsmead-Stockham
John Brinsmead-Stockham is a go-to junior for HMRC, with additional experience of acting for the taxpayer. He is particularly well equipped to handle complex VAT litigation. He also has extensive experience in managing customs duty cases of impressive complexity.
"Incredibly smart, very approachable and excellent at hand-holding where required." "He is an outstanding barrister in all ways, who is client-friendly and provides practical advice."
Recent work: Represented Eynsham Cricket Club in a case against HMRC concerning whether the club was entitled to treat supplies made in the construction of its new pavilion as zero-rated.

Strengths:

Jonathan Peacock QC
Jonathan Peacock QC is a pre-eminent figure at the Indirect Tax Bar, singled out for his intellectual acumen and his wealth of experience in the area. He regularly advises multinational corporations and high net worth individuals on indirect tax issues, and is particularly well versed in tax mitigation issues. His practice has seen him handle the leading VAT cases in the gaming and retail industry. Peacock is further noted for regularly providing expert opinions on overseas litigation.
"A very confident advocate who is diligent in his preparation." "He is a consummate performer in court."
Recent work: Acted in Rank and Gala v HMRC, a case concerning the VAT treatment of gaming machines.

Strengths:

Michael Ripley
Michael Ripley is a talented barrister who is well respected for his broad practice acting on behalf of taxpayers in complex VAT disputes.
"Very helpful and knowledgeable." "He is really responsive and thorough."
Recent work: Acted in Target Group v HMRC, a case concerning whether the group's financial services fall outside the VAT exemption.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Tax: Indirect Tax


Hui Ling McCarthy QC
Band 1
Jonathan Peacock QC
Star Individuals

Juniors

London (Bar)

Tax: Indirect Tax


John Brinsmead-Stockham
Band 3
Michael Ripley
Band 3