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UK 2023
UK-wide Tax: Contentious
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Band 3

4 Ranked Lawyers

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Tax: Contentious - UK-wide
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Band 3
What the team is known for

Fieldfisher has a versatile team that offers advice on all areas of contentious tax, including HMRC investigations relating to tax avoidance. The firm represents high-profile clients in courts, in tax tribunals and at a European level. The team advises clients from the media, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and financial services sectors. Its lawyers are experienced in tax matters involving customs duty, VAT and cross-border trust structures.

Work Highlights

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  • Fieldfisher's tax team advised the US-headquartered company Aramark on a dispute with HMRC. The case was focused on whether Aramark's workers on offshore rigs in the North Sea should be treated as UK employees for National Insurance purposes.

Notable Practitioners

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George Gillham
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Band 2

George Gillham is head of contentious tax at Fieldfisher. He advises on a range of contentious tax matters including income tax, National Insurance and VAT-related disputes.

"George Gillham is one of the best for this type of work. He is a specialist and has experience on both the civil and criminal sides."

"He is incredibly knowledgeable, very inventive and very dedicated to clients."

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Philippe Freund
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Band 3

Philippe Freund is a barrister with a wealth of experience guiding clients through HMRC investigations and disputes. His client base includes high net worth individuals, and he regularly advises them on tax issues relating to trusts and non-domiciled status.

"He is an extremely talented and sophisticated lawyer. He's truly a pleasure to work with."

"Philippe is a true adviser with a commercial and efficient mindset."

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Derek Hill
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Band 4

Derek Hill is head of the firm's corporate tax practice. He advises corporate clients and high-profile individuals on tax disputes.

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Matthew Sharp
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Up and Coming

Matthew Sharp was promoted to partner in May 2022. He is a contentious tax specialist who stands out for his work on matters involving offshore jurisdictions.

"Matt is great and a pleasure to work with. He's very responsive and very on top of the detail."

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Tax: Contentious

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George Gillham
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Band 2
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Philippe Freund
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Band 3
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Derek Hill
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Band 4
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Matthew Sharp
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Up and Coming