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Provided by Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP

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.

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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 very knowledgeable and know their subject well."

Sources note: "They have some fantastic practitioners with a serious amount of experience."

Notable practitioners

Graham Aaronson KC 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 very well respected in this area."

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.

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 pragmatic in his approach and knowledgeable."

Michael Anderson frequently represents clients in individual actions and group litigation orders, challenging unlawful taxation and tax recovery matters. He works on cases at both the domestic and European levels.

Shofiq Miah advises on disputes with HMRC and the European Commission concerning the taxability of profits, taxation exemption and employment-related taxes. He works with clients such as corporations and high-profile individuals.

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Alexander Mackenzie

Daniel Margolin QC

Emma Chamberlain OBE

Francisco Alvarez Silva

Helen McGhee

Ray McCann

Shofiq Miah

Steve Bousher