"Field Court Tax Chambers has a wide range of barristers, who can give advice on most areas of tax," says an interviewee. Another reports: "The set is definitely easy to work with: its clerks are great, and they do updates regularly which are very technical and really well written." Members act for tax authorities and affluent individuals, and handle a wide variety of domestic and international cases relating to residence and domicile, trusts and other matters.
Marie Burke is the set's practice manager and Stephanie Talbot is assistant practice manager. A source says: "They've always been very responsive and helpful."
Philip Baker KC Philip Baker KC is noted for his exceptional depth of expertise in international and cross-border tax matters, and has a particular strength in double taxation treaties. He is highly sought after by private individuals and regularly acts in tax cases before the CJEU. "Has extremely broad and deep knowledge of cross-border tax issues." "He is the doyen of international tax advisers in the UK, and knows more about double tax treaties and relief than anyone else. Very thorough and engaged, he's constructive in working with us to create written arguments, and his pleadings before the court are very helpful."
Imran Afzal Imran Afzal is in demand from both HMRC and taxpayers for the most high-profile and complex matters, and is a particularly fine choice of counsel for tax scheme litigation and questions of residence and domicile. He is well known among private client tax specialists for his work on the 'Icebreaker' partnership scheme litigation, where he acted on behalf of the Revenue. "A very talented junior with great attention to detail in relation to tricky points of tax law." "Very strong technically and someone who drafts excellent, clear submissions." "He's brilliant, bright and extremely good on his feet."
Patrick Soares Patrick Soares is a deeply respected junior whose tax practice encompasses property, VAT and offshore matters. He is an exceptional choice of counsel for trusts taxation work. "Provides clear advice when handling the most complex, cross-jurisdictional matters."
Patrick Way KC Patrick Way KC is highly sought after by high net worth private individuals for the most high-value and complex tax matters. He is also frequently instructed by HMRC and has a particular strength in advisory matters. Way was previously a partner at two London law firms. "His advice is second to none." "He's collaborative and highly constructive in his approach."
Peter Vaines Peter Vaines is well known for advising high net worth clients on a range of tax matters. He has particular experience of handling residence and domicile issues. "Has a good level of knowledge and takes a practical approach." "Peter Vaines has given us fantastic advice, and the service he offers is par excellence." "Very easy to work with, clear and practical."