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Devereux

Tax: Private Client

7 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Client service:

The barristers at Devereux are recognised as "an excellent team." They represent high net worth individuals and HMRC and handle a range of matters such as residence and domicile, gifts and deeds of variation, and tax-related professional negligence claims. Opponents say: "If you have them on the other side, you know they will demolish the documentation. They're very thorough.",Senior practice manager Glenn Billenness and practice manager Chris Downes are key members of the clerking team.

Strengths:

Akash Nawbatt QC
A well-liked tax silk with in-depth experience of representing both taxpayers and HMRC. He is noted for his exceptional strength in cross-border work, and is an expert on questions of residence and domicile.
"His attention to detail on the facts is fantastic and he is thoroughly nice." "He is brilliant at cross-examining and analysing the documents."
Recent work: Advised HMRC in Hargreaves v HMRC, a residence appeal brought by the owner of Matalan.

Strengths:

Aparna Nathan QC
A relatively recent silk who is building on an exceptional practice as a junior. She is regularly trusted by both taxpayers and the Revenue with litigation and complex advisory matters, and is an expert in offshore tax structures.
"A tough fighter in court who is organised and efficient." "She knows the law extremely well and has a real commercial insight into how the Revenue operates."
Recent work: Represented HMRC in a multi-pronged challenge to a widespread contractor loan tax avoidance scheme using offshore employer and offshore EBTs.

Strengths:

Barrie Akin
A former chartered accountant and tax partner with a real depth of experience in private client issues. He is particularly noted for cross-border and offshore matters. His private client tax work covers inheritance tax planning, residence and domicile issues, and offshore trusts. 
"He is an incredibly meticulous tax lawyer." "He can see all the way around a case and look ten steps ahead to find a way to deal with problems."
Recent work: Advised the claimant in Mitchell & Bell v HMRC, a case involving issues with 'shadow directors.'

Strengths:

Christopher Stone
Regularly handles complex and high-value tax litigation and advisory work. He is noted for his commercial approach and is sought after by corporates as well as high net worth individuals.
"He is very honourable, fair and a good advocate. He is good on the facts and good at the detail."
Recent work: Instructed by the Revenue in Gwyn-Jones v HMRC, a case concerning the residence status of a wealthy businessman claiming to be resident in Ireland.

Strengths:

Felicity Cullen QC
A highly respected silk whose broad-ranging tax practice includes advising on indirect, personal and corporate tax matters. She is equally comfortable advising business and private individuals.
"She explains things to clients in very clear and straightforward terms when the subject matter is actually very complicated." "She has an extraordinary brain and great knowledge."

Strengths:

Marika Lemos
A trusted junior with a strong reputation for handling complex private client tax work. She regularly advises on onshore and offshore trusts, UK and cross-border estate planning, foreign domicile and residence issues, tax immunity and pension tax.
"A real expert on how trusts and tax issues interact. She is incredibly intelligent."
Recent work: Instructed by the appellant in The Trustees of the Panayi Accumulation and Maintenance Settlements Nos 1-4 v HMRC, a case concerning whether the exit charge imposed on trustees under Section 80 of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 chargeable on emigration from the UK is contrary to EU law.

Strengths:

Rebecca Murray
A former chartered tax adviser in a large accountancy firm and also an alumnus of JPMorgan Chase, she has a wealth of experience of advising on private client tax matters. Murray has published a well-received textbook entitled 'Tax Avoidance'.
"Intelligent, industrious, clear and concise. She has a superb grasp of the law."

Tax: Private Client Department

Devereux

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Devereux Chambers

Devereux Court

London

Greater London

UK

WC2R 3JH

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Tax: Private Client


Akash Nawbatt QC
Band 2
Aparna Nathan QC
Band 2
Felicity Cullen QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Tax: Private Client


Barrie Akin
Band 2
Christopher Stone
Band 3
Marika Lemos
Band 2