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Temple Tax Chambers

Tax

6 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Temple Tax Chambers has a broad set of impressive tax barristers who are able to support clients in both an advisory and litigation capacity. They appear at all levels of the UK and EU court systems, and regularly act in cases concerning issues such as corporate taxation, employment taxes, non-domiciled taxation, and capital allowances, among others. Chambers is known for acting on behalf of taxpayers, such as large multinational corporations and high net worth individuals, as well as for the Revenue.

Client service:

"The clerks are extremely good. They create a nice atmosphere and show good attention to detail." "They are good at keeping you updated." Claire James is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Alun James
Focuses on corporate tax matters, including transactions, corporate reorganisations and debt restructures. Employment-related securities, share repurchases and venture capital trusts are additional areas he advises on. He has expertise in all direct tax matters and is also an experienced VAT and SDLT practitioner.
"Technically very good but also aware of the commercial dynamics of transactions." "He is a very clear thinker and a solutions person who has excellent knowledge of the tax legislation."

Strengths:

David Pett
Former solicitor valued for his strong advice to taxpayers on employment and corporate tax related issues. He is particularly respected for his deep knowledge of employee share schemes.
"Clear in his advice, clever, commercial and highly responsive." "He has good in-depth knowledge and has a lot of experience of drafting."
Recent work: Acted in Glais House Care v Revenue & Customs, a matter concerning capital allowances and corporate tax.

Strengths:

Jonathan Schwarz
Highly regarded for his expertise in international tax matters. His particular areas of expertise include double tax relief, tax treaties, transfer pricing and cross-border transactions. He is also qualified as a barrister in Canada and South Africa.
"He is very thorough, knows his stuff and is easy to work with." "He is good at explaining complex issues."
Recent work: Acted in Analog Devices International v Revenue Commissioners (Ireland), a case involving EUR43 million corporation tax relating to intercompany transfer pricing.

Strengths:

Keith Gordon
An accomplished barrister known for his effective advice to taxpayers on a wide range of corporate tax issues. He is experienced in handling cases involving income tax, capital gains tax and employment taxes.
"He cuts to the heart of the matter and gives you confidence that you'll get the right result." "He is very robust and full of ideas."
Recent work: Acted in Albatel v Revenue & Customs, a case concerning IR35 rules. Gordon successfully acted for broadcaster Lorraine Kelly in this matter, which considered the question of whether Ms Kelly (acting through a limited company) was effectively an employee of ITV.

Strengths:

Michael Sherry
Head of chambers and a well-regarded practitioner for all aspects of tax law. He is expert in corporate tax, tax schemes and residence issues, and has significant experience in VAT and private client taxation to boot. In addition to dispensing incisive advice, he appears in contentious proceedings.
"He provides excellent service and responsive, clear opinions." "Very calm under pressure, he is unflappable and erudite in his advice."

Strengths:

Philip Ridgway
Corporate tax specialist with particular expertise in business reorganisations. He has particular knowledge of insolvency and income tax, but also acts in SDLT cases, and is increasingly called on to advise on tax avoidance schemes.
"Extremely technically proficient and pragmatic, he is able to cut quickly to the root of the issue." "He is very focused and has a very good reputation."
Recent work: Acted for the Farnborough Airport Properties Company in a case concerning a corporate tax dispute with HMRC.

Tax Department

Temple Tax Chambers

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3 Temple Gardens

Temple

London

Greater London

UK

EC4Y 9AU

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London (Bar)

Tax


Jonathan S Schwarz
Band 1
Keith Gordon
Band 3
Michael Sherry
Band 2
Philip Ridgway
Band 1