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Tax: Contentious

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What the team is known for

Experienced and skilful team known for its high-quality client service. Advises on complex judicial review, tax investigation and ADR proceedings. Large client base, including those within the retail, financial services, sports, and food and drink sectors. Regularly advises on cross-border matters, with particular experience handling ECJ tax cases.

Strengths

Clients say: "What we find most valuable is that they are pragmatic, user-friendly and accessible."

Another reports: "They are very calm, responsive and give sensible suggestions."

Work highlights

Represented Coca-Cola European Partners and its employees in relation to a dispute with HMRC concerning the tax treatment of motor vehicles used during the course of work.

Notable practitioners

Adam Craggs is a tax disputes expert who, prior to private practice, worked for HMRC. He is able to bring his inside knowledge of the tax authority to his work on VAT and SDLT disputes.
"He is extremely supportive." "He is competent, pleasant and communicates well." "He brings pragmatism and approachability."

Constantine Christofi assists clients with HMRC investigations and disputes. He regularly assists both corporate groups and individuals.
"He is proactive with his advice and he is extremely responsive."

Robert Waterson represents clients facing inquiries from UK and European tax authorities. His work is broad and includes disputes involving customs duty, anti-dumping duty and SDLT.
"He is extremely clear and imaginative, and relentlessly pursues the clients' objectives." "His knowledge of the relevant legislation and his tactical approach are very impressive."

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Overview

Our specialist dedicated tax dispute resolution team comprises lawyers with a unique blend of regulatory and commercial experience. Our team includes former senior members of HMRC's Solicitor’s Office who understand how HMRC operates and which strategies it may deploy. We provide a comprehensive service covering pre-emptive advice on a whole range of risk issues, including reputational considerations, tax enquiries, criminal investigations and tax litigation at the Tribunals and Higher Courts. We act on behalf of a broad selection of clients, ranging from FTSE 100 companies and multinational corporations through to privately owned businesses and high net worth individuals.

We provide a legal service that is focused on and tailored to our clients’ individual needs. Where a dispute with HMRC has arisen, we work closely with our clients and, where appropriate, their other professional advisers to ensure that the dispute is resolved in a manner which satisfies their business objectives. We seek to achieve a favourable settlement with HMRC wherever possible before allowing a dispute to progress to the Tribunals or Higher Courts and where a dispute has arisen, we steer our clients through what can be a complex and difficult process. The team also includes experienced CEDR accredited mediators for those disputes where mediation is appropriate.

Members

Armitage, Alexis

Christofi, Constantine

Craggs, Adam

Kemp, Alice

Sandwell, Rebekka

Sloane, Michelle

Smith, Harry

Waterson, Robert

Tax: Contentious Department

RPC

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Department location

Tower Bridge House

St Katharine's Way

London

Greater London

UK

E1W 1AA

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UK-wide

Tax: Contentious


Adam Craggs
Band 2
Constantine Christofi
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Robert Waterson
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