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Herbert Smith Freehills

Tax: Contentious

3 ranked lawyersBand 2UK-wideUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Strong tax litigation group that is known for the wide range of issues it tackles for its clients, including cross-border and UK-focused tax disputes. Offers clients in-depth commercial knowledge of tax law in the energy, finance and real estate sectors. Also able to advise on private wealth-related tax disputes, in addition to VAT, SDLT and customs duty disputes.

Strengths

Clients report: "They are very helpful, very responsive, and it is quite a complicated process but they get on top of it well."

Commentators say: "It is a good, expert firm with in-depth expertise in the areas of support it provides."

Sources remark: "They are incredibly responsive, and their responses are detailed and thorough."

Work highlights

Acted for UBS in multiple group action claims brought by investors concerning film financing partnerships promoted by Ingenious that failed to produce tax relief.

Notable practitioners

Michael Hunt represents clients in a wide range of contentious tax matters. He appears on cases relating to employment tax, double tax treaty disputes and VAT.
"He is very good, bright and thinks around the subject in a lot of detail." "He is very thorough, incredibly detailed and performs a role that goes beyond pure advisory."

Nick Clayton acts for clients in tax disputes and investigations by HMRC. Asset managers, corporate clients and high net worth individuals form much of his client base, and he works with these clients on their most significant disputes.
"He is easily approachable, helpful and shows good subject matter expertise."

Steven Wenham provides extensive advice to clients regarding disputes with HMRC. He often works on direct and indirect taxation.

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UK-wide

Tax: Contentious


Michael Hunt
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Nick Clayton
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