Head of Chambers: Patrick C Soares
Practice Manager: Marie Burke
Assistant Practice Manager: Stephanie Talbot
The eight experienced members of Chambers provide dedicated taxation services of the highest quality as tax advisers and advocates and are respected leaders in the field. Specialist advice and representation includes international and European tax, property matters, value added tax, corporate taxation, M&A advice, restructuring, trusts and estate planning, including acting for high-profile individuals, partnerships and multinational corporations.
National & International: Chambers provides dedicated taxation services of the highest quality, delivered with a commitment to meet the commercial and individual needs of clients, as well as to provide first-class legal expertise. The seven members have a track record of excellence. They have experience of acting on the instructions of clients, ranging from the UK and other governments to major corporations and smaller businesses across a range of industries, as well as individuals. Members of Chambers appear at all levels of the UK court system including the Privy Council and in the European Court of Justice. Patrick C Soares advises on all aspects of taxation, providing notable expertise on the taxation and structuring of property transactions, as well as trusts and offshore tax planning and tax advocacy. Patrick Way QC has appeared in leading tax cases at all levels of the UK court system and has also advised on a wide range of matters (both personal and corporate) where the tax at stake has been in the multi-millions. Philip Baker QC is one of the leading tax advisers on international and EU tax matters, handling cases in jurisdictions including India and Mauritius and at the European Court of Justice. He advises the UK government and other governments on tax matters. He also was one of the founders of the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation offered by the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Imran S Afzal has been involved in a range of domestic and international matters, acting for taxpayers and revenue authorities. He has been instructed in various high-profile and very high-value matters. Peter Vaines is well known for his expertise on matters of residence and domicile and for advising on trusts and private client matters generally in the UK and overseas, in addition to wider issues such as tax investigations and share valuations for tax purposes. He writes and lectures widely and won the Taxation Writer of the Year Award 2015. David Bloom QC is a senior member of the Australian tax bar and has appeared in cases in Australia and Hong Kong. David is a practising member of the English Bar and also a member of the New York Bar. He has experience in transfer pricing in Australia, the US and Canada and has appeared for multinationals such as Chevron, G.E., BHP Biliton and Rio Tinto. Philip Goeth has acted as lead advisor on the corporate restructuring of an international investment management group, lead counsel in a 100m EUR arbitration case on change of control issues, advised on a range of legal issues in the context of the nationalisation of the largest business conglomerate in South East Europe, and represented in various cases before the UK tax tribunals. Katherine Bullock was called to the Bar in 1988 and was formerly a tax partner and Head of Private Client Services for PwC and a tax partner and Head of Private Client Services for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at EY. She is recognised as one of the Private Client Practitioner’s Most Influential Private Client Advisers in the UK in 2013, 2014, and 2018 and in Spears Top 500 and 50 Top Tax Advisers in 2018. She advises on all areas of personal and corporate tax law, with particular emphasis on domestic and international matters for private clients and their companies, trusts and family structures. This includes succession planning, structuring property holdings, offshore and onshore trusts issues, restructuring or disposing of the family business, tax-efficient investment, setting up charities and residence and domicile issues.
Patrick Soares is the Tax Editor of the Property Law Bulletin. Katherine Bullock is the Editor of ‘Gammie and de Souza on Land Taxation.’ Patrick Soares, Patrick Way QC, Philip Baker QC and Peter Vaines have between them written books on a wide range of tax related subjects including real estate, trusts, corporates, individuals, incentives, international tax and double taxation.
Patrick C Soares (1983)
Patrick Way QC (1994)
Philip Baker QC (1979)
Imran S Afzal (2008)
Peter Vaines (1989)
David Bloom QC (Aust)
Philip Goeth (2017)
Katherine Bullock (1988)