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Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP

Tax: Contentious

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What the team is known for

High-quality expertise in UK and EU tax disputes. Dedicated team made up of highly regarded specialists in tax litigation, noted for its comprehensive grasp of tax issues, including regular work on group litigation orders. Services a number of key clients in the financial services, media, manufacturing and retail sectors. Proficient in acting for individuals, as well as high-profile multinational organisations. Strong overseas expertise acting for a variety of international companies on cross-border matters including fund disputes and tax fraud.

Strengths

Sources say: "They are an excellent and reliable firm."

Clients note: "The team are highly knowledgeable, very responsive and work collaboratively to develop and refine arguments."

Notable practitioners

Graham Aaronson QC is widely seen as one of the foremost contentious tax practitioners in the market. He expertly handles significant EU law-based tax claims and group litigation.
"He is a man of huge distinction and experience." "He is a stellar advocate who does things in court many others cannot do."

Michael Anderson frequently represents clients in individual actions and group litigation orders, challenging unlawful taxation and tax recovery matters, at both the domestic and European level.
"He is strong technically, explains very clearly what our position is and provides timely updates on the courts and HMRC."

Paul Farmer is highly respected for his deep knowledge of international tax disputes and ability to advise on investigations by international tax agencies. He has experience acting before UK courts and the CJEU and is considered a specialist in EU law.
"He is very technical and capable." "He has the most knowledge of EU tax law of anyone I've ever met."

Shofiq Miah acts on disputes with HMRC and the European Commission concerning the taxability of profits, taxation exemption and employment-related taxes.
"He is technically knowledgeable and has the ability to think around a subject." "He is very responsive and capable of explaining the legal process to those who are less knowledgeable."

Simon Whitehead is a highly respected litigator who is able to advise on actions against UK and European tax authorities. Group litigation is a key strength and he regularly works for corporates on GLOs.
"He is exactly who you would want to run large-scale litigation - he has a huge strategic sense."

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Overview

JHA's contentious tax team is led by Graham Aaronson QC, Simon Whitehead, Paul Farmer, Michael Anderson and Ray McCann. All are supported by in-house barristers, solicitors and paralegals, combining the best qualities of the bar and a law firm to deliver a cohesive approach to advising and representing clients throughout all stages of a dispute.

Our lawyers have experience across all the domestic courts and tribunal system, from the First Tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court. We also represent clients in references to the European Court of Justice and in high-value tax disputes in foreign jurisdictions.

JHA are lead and test-case solicitors in almost all corporation tax Group Litigation Orders (GLOs), which bring together High Court claims made by multinational corporations. These groundbreaking claims are challenging various elements of UK tax legislation.

We are experienced in transfer pricing disputes, especially HMRC enquiries and investigations. Our team has been active in the highest-profile and value disputes of recent years, notably those involving Diverted Profits tax, and are proficient at reaching settlements, including obtaining significant penalty reductions.

JHA also represents entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses on sensitive or complex tax disputes and individuals facing enquiries and criminal investigations. We work to resolve these with proactive cooperation and engagement with HMRC enabling us to deliver a high proportion of positive outcomes for clients.

Members

Aaronson, Graham

Alvarez Silva, Francisco

Anderson, Michael

Bousher, Steve

Chamberlain OBE, Emma

Farmer, Paul

Mackenzie, Alexander

Margolin QC, Daniel

McCann, Ray

McGhee, Helen

Miah, Shofiq

Miah, Shofiq

Tax: Contentious

Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP

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Location

7th Floor

280 High Holborn

London

Greater London

UK

WC1V 7EE

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

UK-wide

Tax: Contentious


Graham Aaronson QC
Band 1
Michael Anderson
Band 2
Paul Farmer
Band 1
Shofiq Miah
Associates to watch
Simon Whitehead
Band 1