Essex Court Chambers

Tax: Indirect Tax Department

London (Bar)
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A widely respected chambers recognised for the strength of its indirect tax expertise. Members here act in cases relating to VAT recovery disputes, judicial reviews, the application of EU VAT law, MTIC fraud, and customs and excise duties, among others. They are able to support clients with cases at all levels of the domestic court system, and also appear in the ECJ and the ECtHR. The set represents a wide variety of taxpayer clients, including public and private entities, and also acts on behalf of HMRC.

Client service: "Essex Court Chambers provides an excellent, user-friendly service and a wide range of expertise." "The set has a good set of clerks who are very helpful." Joe Ferrigno is the senior clerk.


David Scorey QC

Distinguished silk whose extensive indirect tax expertise is encompassed within an impressive commercial practice. He is particularly commended by market observers for his litigation skills in complex VAT and MTIC fraud cases. Scorey represents clients in the Supreme Court, the CJEU and the ECtHR.
Strengths: "He is very wise, gives informed input on strategy and is very approachable." "He can be relied upon to deliver the best results for our clients."
Recent work: Acted in United Biscuits (Pension Trustees) and Another v HMRC, a case concerning whether pension fund management services should be subject to VAT.


Roderick Cordara QC

An indirect tax specialist highly praised by market commentators for his advocacy and expertise. He has featured in some of the most significant indirect tax cases in recent years, particularly those concerning complex VAT issues, and has appeared before the Supreme Court and the ECJ.
Strengths: "He is excellent when it comes to the strategy of the case, and is always responsive and flexible in his dealings." "A brilliant and very charming advocate."
Recent work: Acted in Safestore v HMRC, a VAT appeal concerning the status of insurance arrangements made through Safestore for its customers’ good.