Tax: Contentious Department

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What the team is known for Versatile team offering a broad knowledge base across all areas of contentious tax, including HMRC investigations relating to tax avoidance. Represents high-profile clients in courts, in tax tribunals and at a European level. Advises clients from the media, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and financial services sectors. Experienced in tax matters involving customs duty, VAT and cross-border trust structures.

Strengths An interviewee reports: "We were really impressed as they are extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with."

Work highlights Represented Invamed and other mobility scooter retailers in the Court of Appeal. The case concerned the imposition, by HMRC, of customs duty on scooters imported into the UK.

Notable practitioners

Derek Hill
is head of the firm's corporate tax practice. He advises corporate clients and high-profile individuals on tax disputes.
"He gives clear, practical advice and a very good analysis of risk." "He has a lot of specialist knowledge when it comes to the film industry."

George Gillham
acts on a range of contentious tax matters including income tax, National Insurance and VAT-related disputes.
"He has a great strength in his understanding of HMRC's workings." "He is hard-working, bright and easy to get along with."

Hartley Foster
is renowned for his tax litigation work before UK and European courts. He assists clients with HMRC inquiries, notably advising on cases relating to film financing tax avoidance structures.
"He tries to identify new and helpful arguments." "He is a very considered and experienced lawyer."

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 extremely quick in understanding the most complex cases intellectually, and dealing with them with a practical approach."