5 Stone Buildings

Tax: Private Client Department

London (Bar)
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The team at 5 Stone Buildings regularly handles tax matters for private clients. "I found them to be excellent," says a source, adding: "They were very gifted technically as you would expect, client-friendly and they set things out in a clear and concise manner." Another source notes: "One of their great strengths is that the set clearly get on very well and share expertise."

Paul Jennings heads the clerking team.

Amanda Hardy QC
has a broad tax practice that encompasses both advisory and litigation work. "I would say Amanda is at the top of her game," says a source, while another comments: "She has an ability to explain really complex things in a straightforward way and she builds good rapport with clients." One instructing solicitor observes: "She is down to earth, she provides common-sense advice, she is extremely knowledgeable and she turns things around very quickly."

Christopher Whitehouse
is a highly regarded senior junior with a tax practice focused on landed estates. "He is a big name," says a fellow barrister, while another remarks: "He is a very good tax lawyer."

Oliver Marre
focuses his practice on contentious and non-contentious tax matters. "The breadth of his expertise is really impressive, he provides thorough and practical advice and he offers solutions and thinks around the problem, he doesn't just answer the questions he is asked," observes an instructing solicitor. The source continues: "He is very attentive and enthusiastic, and he has taken a real interest in our clients' situations. He is an excellent communicator, altogether a pleasure to work with, and he is incredibly reliable and supportive."

Ruth Hughes
handles contentious tax issues for high net worth individuals. "She is definitely really good on trust issues; she does a tremendous job as a junior," a source says, adding: "She is good at the intersection of tax and trusts." A fellow barrister remarks: "Ruth is a fine advocate."