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11 New Square

Tax

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

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11 New Square, the oldest specialist tax set at the Bar, is known for its first-rate representation of taxpayers and HMRC. Chambers handles cases covering the full breadth of tax disputes including those relating to corporate taxes, employment taxes, capital allowances, land taxes and indirect taxes. Members also provide extensive advisory support on tax issues arising from corporate and transactional matters. They are experts on the fiscal laws of other jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, India and the Channel Islands.

Client service:

"The clerks are always responsive and get me answers very quickly." "The clerks have been responsive and accommodating." Tom Rook is the senior clerk and is noted for his proactive approach, manifested in the many visits he makes to new and existing clients.

Strengths:

Francis Fitzpatrick QC
Francis Fitzpatrick QC is a silk with a strong advisory and litigation practice. He frequently acts for financial institutions, blue-chip companies and private individuals in a range of cases concerning such issues as employee remuneration, corporate finance and asset management. He also has experience of acting for the Revenue.
"Always on top of the detail in a case and is technically strong." "He is really solid and a careful advocate."
Recent work: Acted in Amalgamated Metals Corporation v HMRC, a dispute concerning the taxation of damages and interest.

Strengths:

Hui Ling McCarthy QC
Hui Ling McCarthy QC is a highly rated silk who specialises in VAT, corporate and business tax matters. She has represented clients at every level of the domestic courts and is well versed in advising corporates on employment taxes.
"Superb in terms of her knowledge of the law and her very user-friendly manner with clients." "Her advice is always helpful and efficient."
Recent work: Acted in HMRC v Tooth, a test case on the concept of staleness and what it means for a tax return to contain deliberate inaccuracy.

Strengths:

John Brinsmead-Stockham
John Brinsmead-Stockham has an established reputation having worked on a number of significant tax cases in recent years, including big-value litigation and matters which set important precedents. He is equally skilled at taking on advocacy and advisory roles, and acts for both HMRC and taxpayers in cases involving matters such as capital gains tax and corporation tax appeals.
"The quality of his analysis and reasoning is excellent, and he comes up with very strong arguments." "His drafting is very clear and thorough, and he is very good with clients."
Recent work: Represented the taxpayer in HMRC v IGE USA Investments, defending a claim seeking to rescind a settlement agreement.

Strengths:

John Gardiner QC
John Gardiner QC has earned a reputation as one of the top tax practitioners. He has extensive experience of representing taxpayers, particularly financial institutions, in litigation before all levels of domestic and international courts. He often represents taxpayers in Commonwealth countries.
"John has an encyclopedic knowledge of the tax law and is an authoritative figure." "He is very clear with clients, well considered and someone who gets to the heart of matters."

Strengths:

Jonathan Peacock QC
Jonathan Peacock QC is deeply experienced in advising financial institutions, multinationals and high net worth individuals on a range of tax matters. His areas of expertise include capital markets, employee remuneration and capital allowances, among others. He is seen as a standout figure at the Tax Bar and someone with the gravitas to handle the most sophisticated and significant cases. Peacock has appeared at the highest levels of the UK and EU court systems.
"His advice is very clear and logical." "He has seen everything, has very strong judgement when it comes to finding what the right answer is and is very user-friendly too."
Recent work: Acted in SSE Generation Limited v HMRC, a case concerning capital allowances in relation to an underground hydro-electric plant.

Strengths:

Michael Ripley
Michael Ripley takes instructions in the full range of direct tax matters, handling litigation and advisory mandates. His practice spans business tax as well as personal tax mandates. He is a qualified chartered accountant and is experienced in cases involving capital allowances and the taxation of partnerships.
"Technically very able and a lawyer who drafts beautifully." "He is super clever, very responsive and someone with a really nice style."
Recent work: Acted in Royal Bank of Canada v HMRC, a case concerning the cross-border taxation of oil royalties.

Strengths:

Sarah Black
Sarah Black regularly represents and advises the taxpayer on a range of cases. She has expertise in handling claims and providing guidance relating to capital allowances, double tax treaties, closure notices, transfer pricing and other corporate taxes.
"She is very thorough, has a good eye for what the court will accept and has a good read of the room in hearings."
Recent work: Acted in the Court of Appeal case of The Union Castle Mail Steamship Company v HMRC. The matter concerned the de-recognition of derivative contracts and the application of transfer pricing rules.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Tax


Francis Fitzpatrick QC
Band 2
Hui Ling McCarthy QC
Band 1
John Gardiner QC
Band 1
Jonathan Peacock QC
Star Individuals

Juniors

London (Bar)

Tax


John Brinsmead-Stockham
Band 1
Michael Ripley
Band 2

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