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Old Square Tax Chambers

Private Wealth Law

4 ranked barristersBand 2UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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Old Square Tax Chambers is commended for having "some extremely strong practitioners." The set assists both domestic and international clients with domicile and residency issues, inheritance tax planning and trusts planning. Sources say that "this is a very good set full of extremely good people with a lot of talent."

Client service:

"The clerks are very flexible and receptive, and they appreciate the client's demands." "They are very helpful and have managed tricky things for us." The clerking team is led by senior clerk Cliff Holland and includes the highly experienced deputy senior clerk Franco Lombardi.

Strengths:

Harriet Brown
Has a growing reputation for her work on a wide array of private client tax matters, and is noted for her technical understanding of complex and high-value matters. She is sought out for both domestic and offshore work.
"Extremely thorough and good value. She is a delight to work with, very clear in her advice and someone who can handle complex matters extremely well."

Strengths:

James Kessler QC
A highly regarded silk with a particular depth of experience in offshore disputes and the taxation of foreign domiciliaries. He is an exceptional choice of counsel for any cross-border or conflict of laws matter.
"If I ever get stuck on offshore matters, his book is my first port of call." "He wrote the best book in the world. He is very well regarded and has a niche in charity tax."
Recent work: Advised a Greek ship owner in Embiricos v HMRC, a case concerning domicile issues.

Strengths:

Robert Venables QC
A barrister with a strong advisory practice and equally extensive litigation experience before English courts, foreign courts and the Privy Council. He is a former chair of the Revenue Bar Association and the author of numerous books on taxation.
"A colossally clever man whose knowledge of historic tax law and tax cases is invaluable." "He never makes a mistake."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in the high-profile and very important ‘Loan Charge Action’ case. This matter concerned thousands of contractors facing huge tax bills after HMRC introduced stringent new retrospective rules around tax schemes used by freelancers in the past.

Strengths:

Rory Mullan QC
Regularly handles UK and offshore tax matters for private clients, including planning and disputes. He is especially well known among sources for his expertise in UK-EU tax issues.
"He is incredibly bright and a real fighter for his clients." "He has a strategic nose and incredible intellectual rigour; he really stands out."
Recent work: Represented Tony Jimenez in a successful judicial review of HMRC’s decision to issue an information notice to him in Dubai in 2017. The decision has huge implications for HMRC as regards the manner and means by which they carry out tax investigations.

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Silks (QC)

UK

Private Wealth: Tax


James Kessler QC
Band 1
Robert Venables QC
Band 2
Rory Mullan QC
New Silks

Juniors

UK

Private Wealth: Tax


Harriet Brown
Band 2